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Brickworks Skating Trail/Evergreen Rink Profile

Opening: Dec.1, 2018
Closing: TBA

rink web page

Rink change area: Available

Staff: Two friendly, flexible, helpful rink monitors in high-volume times, ready to help little kids learn, too

Equipment and Maintenance: A tractor with an ice-resurfacing attachment

Public Skating: Free. Skate rentals and sharpening available (small fee or pay what you can). Times: Weekends 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Comments about this rink: e-mail us at [email protected].

Rink Diary

2017 - 2018


Rink reports from earlier years

2016 - 2017

Dec.10, 2016

The rink is open, and smooth.

Dec.6 2016, email from skating trail ice-makers:

"The issue is with the beams overhead – once the rain stops, it keeps dripping (as well as frost melt in the morning), so we get small mounds and lines all over the ice – up to an inch high. The ice itself is fine – we just have to control these lumps!"

The outdoor ice-maker's road is never without challenges.

Dec.4 2016

Luuk starting the spray, 5.30 on Dec.4, 2016

5.30 p.m.: First flood. From Luuk Postuma, Brickworks facility management: their guidelines for making ice this year

Ice Making:

- The #1 rule of ice making is to do it at night. It is important that there is no sunlight. Sun is a bigger factor than temperature for optimal rink conditions.

-We could start when it is up to 9 degrees outside, with the EcoChill unit going.

-Use hoses and a fine spray/mist to start the ice so that the mist freezes to the pad.

-Leave the mist for 45 minutes, then repeat.

-The City used to do 2 evenings of this, building to less than half an inch, and then using the Zamboni for the rest.

-We should plan on making our ice at night over 2-3 nights with a team of people.

-Maintenance: When it rains, use the Zamboni to sweep the ice (no water) or use hoses to pull the water off.

11 p.m., message from the ice makers: "We got 6 passes in, and now it's raining so we're walking away for the night, but it's looking great."



Jan.1 2016

The rink is open on New Year's Day and so is much of the rest of the building. It's lively and comfortable, and full of people, while elsewhere in the city many public facilities are closed for the holiday. Really.

There are four rink staff: two at the skate rental, one driving the zamboni-tractor, and one back and forth between the rental and the rink. The staff say they all know how to do mostly everything -- groom the ice, sharpen skates, drive the zamboni-tractor, help out skaters and keep order. They work in other parts of Evergreen when it's not rink season. They seem to be well-informed and to get the whole operation.

The rental skates are all donations. Many of them look in very good shape. The staff say the rentals have been going for about 4 years and so far they have never bought new skates. The rental income -- $5 for skates, $5 for helmets, $5 for skate sharpening -- goes into general rink revenues.

So this rink seems to have many of the good attributes of Harbourfront's Natrel Rink, and -- happily -- few of the problematic aspects of most municipal rinks.

the rink is open, says careful on bumpy ice

ice resurfacer takes a turn

warm skate changing area

skate rentals

lots of gaps, lots of skaters came to rent

skate sharpener
Dec.28, 2015

From the Brickworks skating rink web page it seems like this rink may have opened today, at last. Now they just have to update their voice mail -- it says "closed for the season."

Dec.24, 2015, from Luuk Postuma, Evergreen operations manager

"When we are back in action next week, we will be night flooding at least once per day – but no later than 10pm unless absolutely necessary – as we don’t have any staff on site after 10pm."

Dec.23, 2015, email from Luuk Postuma, Evergreen operations manager

"One of the reasons that the rink was closed this week was because our Zamboni was malfunctioning – it has been fixed today."

Dec.22, 2015

The rink phone message says it's "closed for the season" and the website says skating is cancelled. But people who know about how this rink was built say their ice-making plant shouldn't be particularly weak, and should be able to manage in even warm December weather. Maybe something went wrong?

Dec.5 2015

The rink staff say that they have to wait until it gets colder before they can make ice. They say that's because they use a different kind of cooling system called eco-chill, which is not as strong as the more usual compressor-cooled systems. But the system retains the heat that comes from cooling the pad, and uses it elsewhere in the Brickworks building.

no ice yet -- maybe next week

ball hockey instead of ice hockey

Christmas Fair instead, with campfires

rink staff painting a snowman

how this kind of rink works


Rink Diary 2010-2011

December 19 2010: opening day

After a week of practising, with the help of ice maintenance staff from Harbourfront's Natrel Rink, the ice-resurfacing driver cleaned the ice to prepare for opening day.

ice resurfacer: tractor with zamboni addition

cleaning snow off the ice, opening day

first bunch of skaters

cauldron with hot chocolate and a fire to toast marshmallows
Dec.27 2010 - email from rink user S.B.

The brickworks is such a nice place to take little kids skating. They have lots of those orange skate-aids, and two very pleasant rink guards who help the kids. There's hot chocolate and marshmallows and a market inside the building right next to the rink, where you can get the best coffee, and food to take home.


Free public skating 7 days a week 10am-6pm (Mon-Thurs) and 10am-7pm (Fri-Sun) weather permitting.

Rink Diary2013-2014

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Rink Diary2010-2011

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