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About Rink Costs
Rinks By The Numbers is a Cityrinks Library section which is a start at extending our investigation of city rinks budgets (a bit over $3M per year). Much of this is a "public filing cabinet" with links to lots of material, including staff allocations, while we sort it out.
Here's an article from our 2007-2008 news: $250,000 more to zamboni the ice: why? See Outdoor ice maintenance costs.
Freedom of Information
Here's an idea of the type of work often involved in getting information from the city.
About Running the Rinks
The City of Toronto is always behind Harbourfront in getting their rinks open. Here's why: Toronto Ice Rink Story The science is there, the history is there (pre-amalgamation), professionals say it can be done, Harbourfront is doing it, even volunteers have done it. Yet Toronto can't seem to manage the fundamentals of ice making.
See Correspondence 2011-2012 for insight into how ongoing issues are handled.
Here's a basic orientation: Basic "rink literacy".
Read up on the fundamentals of ice making.
The CELOS Outdoor Rink Report:
Prepared in 2007 by CELOS, funded by the Metcalf Foundation, this report provides outlines of city rink operational issues and their possible solutions. The report is still relevant today (2010-2011).
Monday Rink Reports:
Climate and Outdoor Rinks:
To determine the rink season (by ice condition), changes in temperature matter much less than the angle of the sun. Our weather researcher shows why: get the facts.
311 Rink Information Monitor:
Read about the City's rink hotline monitor and 311 rink information monitor.
Here's some material from the City's Archives.
We've kept journals from time to time, such as News 2008-2009 - Extending Artificial Ice Skating Season 2008-2009; Injury Risk at Ice Rinks investigated.
We have our rink news journals going back to 2005.
Remember the Save our rinks campaign from 2007?
There was a Rink Management Board proposal in 2006.
Report cards were created by this website for the 2007-2008 season.
Most Rink detail web pages have diaries to peruse. Some go back several years.