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Campbell Rink Profile

Opened 1967.
Two 50 hp compressors: 100 hp.
Current compressors 1992, current slab, boards and chiller 2002

Opened: Dec.2, 2017
Closed: Feb.25, 2018

updated November 9, 2008

Rink change area Clean and spacious changing area not far from rink. Unfortunately there are no windows overlooking the rink. Snack bar features park-made comfort food including mini-pizzas, macaroni and cheese, hot dogs, hot chocolate, coffee and juice. Skate Loans PWYC, suggested donation $2 donation (helmets free).

Staff: Very friendly, usually found in rink building.

Helmet use: Not enforced for shinny players - only leisure skaters under six

Cityrinks.ca position paper: are helmets overrated for concussions? Should shinny hockey players be forced to wear a helmet?

Maintenance: Serviced by the 'flying squad', which means that there is no on-site resurfacer. Ice usually cleaned twice daily (often not cleaned for extended periods following snow falls).

For information on one-time permits contact Carol at 416-392-0361.

 

kitchen area, skate shelves

the girls' shinny hockey program
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Comments about this rink: e-mail us at [email protected].


 

Rink Diary

 

2017 - 2018

Feb.1, 2018

Sounds like staff are being assigned to do a Caribbean-themed Family Day event at all three Ward 18 rinks (Dufferin, Wallace, Campbell) -- no posters yet.

Jan.23, 2018

winter soup used to cooked from scratch

The soup that the staff cooked at Campbell Rink in the winter used to be called "Campbell's Soup" as a joke. It was not from a can, it was cooked from scratch and it made the rink house smell nice and warmed the stomachs of hungry skaters.

But a few days ago, a skater bought a bowl of soup, and when he tasted it he went back to the snack counter and asked what kind of soup it was. It turned out it was Campbell's soup from a can. He was mad and handed back the soup so he could get his $3 back.

The staff don't get to make muffins from scratch anymore either, they have to use a mix. And if the rink attendant is working a "coordinator" shift, they are not allowed to cook at all. It doesn't matter if there's nothing else to do -- then the staff person just sits and waits for the shift to end. Or s/he can mop the floor again. And again.

It seems Parks and Rec moves more and more in the direction of turning rec staff into security guards.

Dec.2, 2017

Opening day of the rink coincided with the first-Saturday "Really really free market," which takes place inside the rink house in winter. It gets so full (today too) that people are limited to two hours of browsing. Lots of people there today looked like they were glad to get some things they need for free.

The 8 skaters out on the ice said the ice was good. The setup at this rink is awkward because when the flying squad brings a zamboni once or twice a day, they have to pull the big trailer over on the sidewalk and then later on drain the water right onto the ground -- there's no drain. When the Saturday campfires take place, people slip and slide along the ice left by the zamboni water. But it seems like people mostly manage.


Really really free market

no sign about rink but a nice sign for the market

12 noon, ice freshly flooded, skaters say it's good

there's no drain, so zamboni empties onto the ground
 

Rink diaries from earlier years

2016 - 2017

Feb.26, 2017

Last day of this rink. No one seems to have thought of keeping it open for another week since Wallace has closed early due to mechanical problems.

The MLSE skate equipment donation is a bit of a mystery. The city councillor said she didn't really know the details; the Partnership office said they had worked on the lists of equipment needed, but it was unclear when. The rec supervisor said he has some boxes of skates in his office, that may have been there for a while already. Rink staff say they got new helmets a few weeks ago, but not skates. Dufferin Rink staff got 8 pairs of new skates to replace 8 pairs that disappeared over two weeks in early February. New helmets seems to have arrived earlier in the winter. Nobody is sure of the story, but one thing that seems clear is that there was no donation particularly linked to this event. The rink staff only heard about it a week ago, after asking their supervisor. Certainly this event was in no way local.


skate cupboard has older skates and some new helmets
 
Feb.20, 2017

MLSE Foundation tent, with City Partnership staff too

Despite the warm sunny days,this rink has been holding up well. There were postings citywide about an MLSE event here on Family Day, somehow connected with MLSE skate equipment donations for all three Ward 18 rinks. And indeed, today there was lots of hubbub at the rink -- music, tents set up, media, Darryl Sittler there to autograph free Toronto Maple Leafs shirts and toy hockey sticks.


media

Air Canada Centre chefs supervising cookie decorating
 

2015 - 2016

This rink opened: Dec.5, 2015, closed: Feb.28, 2016

January 3, 2016

It's time to take a closer look at the Campbell skate lending program.

Dec.13, 2015

This rink has reverted to being a very local rink with an almost exclusively local culture -- i.e. a mix of staff and rink users, sitting around talking in the rink house, making accommodations on the rink pad, more or less ignoring schedules but still making it work for themselves and their friends.

Reminds me of the times ten years ago, when zamboni drivers used to gather at this rink house, with a little TV they could watch, and endless stories and opinions -- during the ample times when they didn't have to clean the ice. The zamboni drivers no longer clump together at this rink. But the recreation staff still entertain their friends there. It's a lot cheaper -- zamboni drivers make $27 an hour, recreation staff only $13.


mixed group, both shinny and pleasure-skaters

so many toys on the floor!
 
Dec.3 2015

Ice making has started, maybe last night or this morning.


very thin ice, but hose marking shows they were flooding

campfire area all ready

rink house memorial to murdered neighbour "Shaggy"

front door: fall signs, none for rink season

View of the Rink


such a big rink

Making croutons for onion soup

From The City of Toronto Website 2014-15

For the skating schedule, go to Campbell Rink page on the City website, then click on Skating.

shinny only

leisure skating only

Rink Diary 2014 - 2015

2017 - 2018

Feb.1, 2018

Sounds like staff are being assigned to do a Caribbean-themed Family Day event at all three Ward 18 rinks (Dufferin, Wallace, Campbell) -- no posters yet.

Jan.23, 2018

winter soup used to cooked from scratch

The soup that the staff cooked at Campbell Rink in the winter used to be called "Campbell's Soup" as a joke. It was not from a can, it was cooked from scratch and it made the rink house smell nice and warmed the stomachs of hungry skaters.

But a few days ago, a skater bought a bowl of soup, and when he tasted it he went back to the snack counter and asked what kind of soup it was. It turned out it was Campbell's soup from a can. He was mad and handed back the soup so he could get his $3 back.

The staff don't get to make muffins from scratch anymore either, they have to use a mix. And if the rink attendant is working a "coordinator" shift, they are not allowed to cook at all. It doesn't matter if there's nothing else to do -- then the staff person just sits and waits for the shift to end. Or s/he can mop the floor again. And again.

It seems Parks and Rec moves more and more in the direction of turning rec staff into security guards.

Dec.2, 2017

Opening day of the rink coincided with the first-Saturday "Really really free market," which takes place inside the rink house in winter. It gets so full (today too) that people are limited to two hours of browsing. Lots of people there today looked like they were glad to get some things they need for free.

The 8 skaters out on the ice said the ice was good. The setup at this rink is awkward because when the flying squad brings a zamboni once or twice a day, they have to pull the big trailer over on the sidewalk and then later on drain the water right onto the ground -- there's no drain. When the Saturday campfires take place, people slip and slide along the ice left by the zamboni water. But it seems like people mostly manage.


Really really free market

no sign about rink but a nice sign for the market

12 noon, ice freshly flooded, skaters say it's good

there's no drain, so zamboni empties onto the ground
 

Rink diaries from earlier years

2016 - 2017

Feb.26, 2017

Last day of this rink. No one seems to have thought of keeping it open for another week since Wallace has closed early due to mechanical problems.

The MLSE skate equipment donation is a bit of a mystery. The city councillor said she didn't really know the details; the Partnership office said they had worked on the lists of equipment needed, but it was unclear when. The rec supervisor said he has some boxes of skates in his office, that may have been there for a while already. Rink staff say they got new helmets a few weeks ago, but not skates. Dufferin Rink staff got 8 pairs of new skates to replace 8 pairs that disappeared over two weeks in early February. New helmets seems to have arrived earlier in the winter. Nobody is sure of the story, but one thing that seems clear is that there was no donation particularly linked to this event. The rink staff only heard about it a week ago, after asking their supervisor. Certainly this event was in no way local.


skate cupboard has older skates and some new helmets
 
Feb.20, 2017

MLSE Foundation tent, with City Partnership staff too

Despite the warm sunny days,this rink has been holding up well. There were postings citywide about an MLSE event here on Family Day, somehow connected with MLSE skate equipment donations for all three Ward 18 rinks. And indeed, today there was lots of hubbub at the rink -- music, tents set up, media, Darryl Sittler there to autograph free Toronto Maple Leafs shirts and toy hockey sticks.


media

Air Canada Centre chefs supervising cookie decorating
 

2015 - 2016

This rink opened: Dec.5, 2015, closed: Feb.28, 2016

January 3, 2016

It's time to take a closer look at the Campbell skate lending program.

Dec.13, 2015

This rink has reverted to being a very local rink with an almost exclusively local culture -- i.e. a mix of staff and rink users, sitting around talking in the rink house, making accommodations on the rink pad, more or less ignoring schedules but still making it work for themselves and their friends.

Reminds me of the times ten years ago, when zamboni drivers used to gather at this rink house, with a little TV they could watch, and endless stories and opinions -- during the ample times when they didn't have to clean the ice. The zamboni drivers no longer clump together at this rink. But the recreation staff still entertain their friends there. It's a lot cheaper -- zamboni drivers make $27 an hour, recreation staff only $13.


mixed group, both shinny and pleasure-skaters

so many toys on the floor!
 
Dec.3 2015

Ice making has started, maybe last night or this morning.


very thin ice, but hose marking shows they were flooding

campfire area all ready

rink house memorial to murdered neighbour "Shaggy"

front door: fall signs, none for rink season

Rink Diary 2013 - 2014

Sunday Dec.15 2013

A plough and a snow blower can at about 11.30 a.m. The plough did a circle around the perimeter but left before ploughing the middle. The snowblower stayed and blew the snow about. At 12.15 the rink is still unskateable, although marked "operational" on the city's website.

Saturday Dec.14 2013

All-day snow. The zamboni came only once and the rink was snow-covered, but the city's website continued to mark it as "operational."

Friday Dec.13 2013

A scene has been building up for the past week or so, with several youth trying out how far they can go at the rink. This evening Phil [not his real name] went out of his way to mock one of the staff and take cookies out of the cookie container when the staff's back was turned, laughing while he passed them to his friends. Later when the staff began to sweep the change room, Phil began laughing and mocking the staff.

The loud, public discussion for the evening centered around strip clubs, female body parts "snatches", and sexually explicit speculations about what what activities take place in the private rooms. At one point during the evening a heavy-set young woman came inside to wait for her boyfriend who was playing hockey. Phil and Gary [not his real name] took the opportunity to insult the girl and mock her boyfriend for going out with her.

The youth occupied more then half the facility, sprawled over 4 tables, yelling back and forth.

Raf [not his real name] is aggressive and foul-mouthed, instigating fights and taking other people's things. He bragged that he would come back next week and behave as he pleased.

Corporate security was called to be on-site for 9pm to help close the building, The officer stayed till 10pm as some of the youth were spotted waiting outside.

See also: Editor's and Rink Users' blog


 
 Rink Diary 2012-2013,[RinkDiary2011-2012|+]], Diary January 2011, Diary 2010 - 2011, Diary 2009 - 2010, 

Diary 2008-2009, Diary 2007 - 2008, Diary 2006 - 2007, Diary 2005 - 2006

 

To see the (2007-2008) report card , click here

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