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CELOS JANUARY LIST of outdoor rink facts

This list is inspired by the "Harper's Index," a monthly list of surprising numbers published by Harper's Magazine. Our numbers show surprising, sometimes downright astonishing facts about Toronto's outdoor rinks.

Rink with the best view: Prince of Wales (Lakeshore and Third Street)

Rink with the best ice in any weather (sun, rain, or snow): Rennie

Rink with the best food: Dufferin

Total hours of ice maintenance staffing at each Etobicoke single-pad outdoor hockey rink, per week..... 72 to 112 hours

Total hours of ice maintenance staffing at each North York single-pad outdoor hockey rink, per week...... 112 hours

Total hours of ice maintenance staffing at 10 out of 11 Central-Toronto single-pad outdoor hockey rinks, per week..... 7 to 21 hours

Total hours of ice maintenance staffing per day at 12 of the city’s 13 double-pad outdoor ice rinks: 14

Total hours of ice maintenance staffing at Wallace double-pad outdoor ice rink for the entire month of December: 28

Hourly wages of outdoor rink maintenance staff (work with ice resurfacing vehicles): $23/hour (for 24 staff) and $27/hour (for 73 staff)

Hourly wages of outdoor rink program staff (work with skaters): $9/hour mostly, a few at $16/hour.

Number of rinks that have posted mandatory helmet laws for shinny hockey: 49

Number of rinks that do consistent helmet enforcement according to the posted rules: 2

Number of rink-injury legal claims against the city since the beginning of amalgamated information collection (1998): 2

Number of rink-injury legal claims involving an outdoor rink: 0

Number of rink-injury claims relating to helmets: 0

City-estimated “direct costs” of running the outdoor rinks for three months: $3.7 million

City-estimated “full costs” of outdoor rinks, counting associated parks and recreation costs (including administration and strategic planning): $5.7 million

City-estimated costs of outdoor rinks, counting all associated City staffing and infrastructure costs: $12 million

Number of City-owned outdoor rink pads with hockey boards: 33

Number of City outdoor rinks with hockey boards that offer less than 10 hours a week of free public shinny time at prime time (after 4 on weekdays, all day on weekends): 8

Number of City outdoor hockey rinks that offer more than 25 hours a week of free public shinny time at prime time (after 4 on weekdays, all day on weekends): 16

City’s “full cost recovery” target for outdoor rink permit/ registration revenue, per season: $3.3 - $4 million (see note 1)

What that target permit/registration income translates into per rink: a revenue target of $100,000 to $121,000 per season, that's $1190 to $1440 per day

City outdoor rink revenue from permits, at the current highest-earning rink (West Mall): $20,000 per season, that's $238 per day

Number of City-owned rinks with City-owned kitchen facilities within 20 meters: 13

Number of City-owned rinks that use these facilities to run a daily snack bar: 2


Note 1: The Management Services Director of Parks, Forestry and Recreation, Ann Ulusoy, has offered to sit down with CELOS sometime, and explain how they calculated their rink costs recovery numbers


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