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Diary entries from previous years:
This rink opened on time. This morning it was a bit of a lake on top of the ice, but the sun was out -- now that the clouds have come the ice will probably firm up fast. The building attendant was mopping what looked like an already pretty clean floor. He said the ice was fine over the opening weekend but there were few skaters -- same as in other years.
He said this morning so far there were two skaters.
This rink opened sometime after Nov.28, 2015 and closed March 10, 2016
Councillor Mihevc's skating party was from 1.30 to 3.30. It was a bright sunny day but the temperature never got above minus 18. So almost no one came. An extra rink staff had been put on for the event, so there were two staff. But there were never more than 8 people on the ice, and about the same number in the building. The councillor's assistant put out hot chocolate and cookies and bright pink valentine's day marshmallows. A few parents came through the change room with their kids after the Saturday skating lesson inside the arena, and stayed for hot chocolate.
I brought five bins of Randy's loaner skates, but only loaned out one pair -- no surprise, with the cold (despite the sun). The most remarkable thing was that when I was bringing in the skate bins from the car at the start, and asked the two youthful rink staff if they could help me, they declined. They said they had to text their supervisor for permission. She didn't answer, so they didn't help. One of them sat in the little office and worked his cell phone off an on for the two hours of the scheduled event, and the extra rink guard went out on the ice from time to time and sat inside the office to get warm the rest of the time. There were so many cookies and hot chocolate left at the end that the two staff were able to take as many as they wanted and drink as much hot chocolate as they wanted.
The city prides itself on introducing youth to their first jobs. Parents beware -- don't let your kids work at a city job -- if they think this is what work is, they may not keep a job anywhere else for very long.
At 1.45 pm the rink had excellent ice but it was empty. The change room was empty as well, and the indoor arena was empty. There were posters up, though, about the upcoming "Winterfest social" this weekend, advertising free skates and free hot chocolate. Sounds like fun, unless it turns very cold.
we noted that last month Cedarvale Rink was closed much more often than most compressor-cooled rinks in the city. Is something wrong with the compressors?
Your query was forwarded to me, and I have asked the Supervisor of the facility. He informed me that there were issues with the compressors going off over night during the warmer temperatures which leads to the loss of the ice bond. It has now been resolved.
This rink was closed from Dec.23 - 26.
Rink is closed.
Rink is closed.
E-mail from skater at noon: rink issues coolers unoperational @ phil white arena outside all puddles.....artificial rink
-- and yet on the city's website this rink was NOT marked as closed.
Request from a parent council to have a skating outing for a primary school.
Classes don't need a permit at the outdoor rinks, nor do they need permission from the recreation supervisor -- as long as you come at a pleasure-skating time, not a shinny-hockey time. When you look at the Cedarvale outdoor rink schedule, you can see that on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons it's public skating between 1.30 and 4.30, and during that time any class can come.
You don't get exclusive use but one of the rink guards at Cedarvale said they are seldom busy on weekdays during pleasure-skating time.
Rink marked "closed" for today, by 3 pm.
This rink, connected to the Phil White Arena, has very low usage most days anyway, but today at 6 pm it had nobody. Despite the "closed" signs on the change room doors, the rink gate was open and the ice was evidently okay except for one pylon near the middle. Two guys came onto the ice with hockey sticks and pucks, but they were just wearing their boots. They said the ice was not good, and they certainly didn't seem to be sliding much.
This was the official opening of the warming room. The dicey weather forecast (lots of snow) never really happened, so skaters had a very pleasant time skating around on good ice, with little flakes of snow coming down, and the happy scene of many sledders and tobogganers going up and down the hills next to the rink.
The warming room is a very pleasant space, with benches installed kittycorner to frame the two large angled structural girders that could not be removed. In consequence, the benches form conversational areas for the skaters -- a win-win. CELOS brought skates to lend out. Federal M.P. Caroline Bennett came too.
Three of the architects and two of the capital projects staff involved with the project, as well as the contractor, came to watch the ribbon-cutting. There were also a number of Parks and Recreation staff, some from the rink and some from nearby centres or administrative units. One of the rink staff said that last winter when it was so cold, many skaters told him that they were giving up on the rink because there was nowhere to take shelter and there were no handy washrooms either. He said it's such a relief to have the warming room now, and he's sure that neighbourhood skaters will all return.
Councillor Joe Mihevc was obviously very proud of the room. He said that the kitchen is another good feature, and that skaters who want to have a neighbourhood event at the rink can now make hot chocolate and serve cookies. In summer, he said, people who are in the playground or picnicking will have handy access to the new washrooms. When he was asked about keeping the warming room open next winter for statutory holidays like Boxing Day and New Year's Day (unlike the experience of the current year), he said he was in favour and would appreciate a fall reminder.
Opening event for the warming room at Cedarvale:
RIBBON CUTTING: 2:00 pm with social skate to follow
TIME: Feb.7 2015, 2:00 pm Ė 3:30 pm
At the public skating time, there were half a dozen parents and kids skating around on one half, and a father and son taking shots at the other end. The sharing of the ice looked perfectly amiable.
There are many new windows and door into a pleasantly proportioned new rink change room where there was only a forbidding concrete block wall last year. The room looks almost ready. In the meantime, there's a Johnny-on-the-spot for people who need to use the toilet. Looks like this rink is not an orphan, nice to see.
At 3 pm there were only four people on the rink -- one with a hockey stick, the other two were pleasure-skaters. There were no nets and no evidence of ice maintenance. The chairs were not outside any more, and the change room/ washroom doors were locked. The city's website gives a full skating schedule for all three holidays, which would assume rink staff. But there were none.
Holidays: according to the city's outdoor rinks web page, Cedarvale Rink was to run a full regular schedule (with staff) until 10 pm on Dec.25 and 26 and Jan.1 (including change room and washrooms). But this this information was wrong. The rink was locked on Christmas Day, open without change rooms or staff on Boxing Day and New Year's Day.
At 3.30 pm the rink had quite a few skaters (mix of shinny and pleasure-skaters), but the change room was locked and people were changing into their skates on a couple of beat-up metal chairs, and sitting in the snow.
Around 2pm, we arrived at Cedervale to find that Councillor Mihevic was having an opening day party. We looked up his newsletter item and were surprised to hear about the design plans of a bathroom, warming area and kitchen addition. The ice had skaters on it - at least ten and another 20 inside getting changed. A table was set up for hot chocolate, and as I left two policemen had come and joined in the social. The rink staff there said that they started flooding on Wednesday. He wasn't so sure that it would be ready today, and the north boards were pretty slushy earlier in the day.
From Councillor Mihevc's website