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Latest News Archive 2014

Dec.31 2014 The city's rink information website/311 has all 52 city rinks marked as OPEN except Regent South.

You can see for yourself how skating is going at the "gold standard" (non-municipal) outdoor rink, Harbourfront's Natrel Rink: webcam.

Rinks that are open on New Year's Eve: Civic: Nathan Phillips Square (until 10 pm, entertainment & fireworks follows on the square until countdown), Neighbourhood: Dufferin Rink (until 12.30, skate rental until midnight, campfire, snacks). Non-municipal: Harbourfront's Natrel Rink (open until 1 a.m., including skate rentals).

posted December 31, 2014

The city's rink information website/311 has all 52 city rinks marked as OPEN except Regent South.

You can see for yourself how skating is going at the "gold standard" (non-municipal) outdoor rink, Harbourfront's Natrel Rink: webcam.

Latest posts: Regent South -- ice-making all night Monday to Tuesday, still marked closed on Wednesday Dec.31. Paul Quarrington Rink, formerly Sherbourne Common: still little-used, the only warm place for skate changing is on the toilets. Colonel Sam Smith: the city website said this rink would be unsupervised on Boxing Day, change room/washrooms closed, but the reality was better.

posted December 26, 2014

The city's rink information website/311 has all city rinks marked as OPEN today, Boxing Day, except Regent South. However, most rinks are listed as having their changerooms/ washrooms locked, so that people could skate but couldn't get out of the cold to change their skates and use the washroom. Happily, that web information is wrong. Most rink changerooms in Etobicoke are open until 6 or 7 pm, and so are some in the downtown area that were specifically listed as closed (for example, Withrow and Greenwood). So good sense prevailed there. We have no direct information about North York Rinks. Rink changerooms/washrooms staying open later (until 9 or 10): Harbourfront's Natrel Rink (see their webcam), Campbell, Dufferin, Nathan Phillips, and Wallace. All of those have skate rentals and snacks as well. posted Dec.26, 2014

The city's rink information website/311 has all city rinks marked as OPEN today, Boxing Day, except Regent South. However, most rinks will have their changerooms/washrooms locked. You can skate but you can't get your kids out of the cold to change their skates and you can't take them to the washroom.

But some rinks are fully open today (including the changerooms): Harbourfront's Natrel Rink (see their webcam), Campbell, Dufferin, Hodgson, Nathan Phillips, and Wallace. All of those except Hodgson have skate rentals and snacks as well. Two are open for part of the day, or for a few hours: Rosedale and Ramsden

posted Dec.24, 2014

The outdoor rinks will hold up well (read why) despite the mild, wet weather. You can see for yourself how skating is going at the "gold standard" (non-municipal) outdoor rink, Harbourfront's Natrel Rink: webcam.

The city's rink information website/311 has all city rinks marked as OPEN except Regent South, still finishing a renovation of its rink building.

A problem with the HOLIDAY HOURS: it appears that almost all of the city's rinks will have their changerooms/washrooms locked on the three main holidays: Christmas Day, Boxing Day (yes!), and New Year's Day. You can skate on most of the rinks but you can't get your kids out of the cold to change their skates and you can't take them to the washroom.

Exceptions (change room/washroom access on some or all of those holidays): Campbell, Dufferin, Hodgson, Kew (2 hours), Nathan Phillips, Ramsden, Rosedale (4 hours), and Wallace.

posted December 21, 2014

You can see for yourself how skating is going at the "gold standard" (non-municipal) outdoor rink, Harbourfront's Natrel Rink: webcam.

The city's rink information website/311 has all but one city rink marked as OPEN. Queensway rink is now finally listed as open, hurray. That leaves only Regent South still closed -- finishing a renovation of its rink building -- but the work on the actual rink with its new boards was completed Dec.15.

Recent posts from our rink visits: Ryerson, the invisible rink; construction progress at Regent South, and Rosedale Rink, a poor cousin despite its surrounding mansions.

posted Dec.20, 2014

You can see for yourself how skating is going at the "gold standard" (non-municipal) outdoor rink, Harbourfront's Natrel Rink: webcam.

The city's rink information website/311 has all but two city rinks marked as OPEN. Queensway rink is still closed for compressor repairs. Regent South is still finishing a renovation of its rink building, but the work on the actual rink with its new boards was completed Dec.15.

Recent posts from our rink visits: Ryerson, the invisible rink; construction progress at Regent South, and Rosedale Rink, a poor cousin despite its surrounding mansions.

posted December 16, 2014

You can see for yourself how skating is going at the "gold standard" (non-municipal) outdoor rink, Harbourfront's Natrel Rink: webcam.

The city's rink information website/311 has almost all city rinks marked as OPEN, including two of the four that had mechanical delays. Joseph Bannon is marked as having opened today. Riverdale Rink opened yesterday morning. Queensway rink in Etobicoke is still closed for compressor repairs. Regent South is still finishing a renovation of its rink building, but the work on the actual rink with its new boards was completed yesterday. posted Dec.15, 2014

You can see for yourself how skating is going at the "gold standard" (non-municipal) outdoor rink, Harbourfront's Natrel Rink: webcam.

At 3 pm the city's rink information website/311 has almost all city rinks marked as OPEN. Joseph Bannon and Queensway rinks in Etobicoke are still closed for mechanical repairs. Riverdale Rink OPENED this morning, although the city's web page still says it's closed. However the 311 phone line also says the rink is open. Regent South is still finishing a renovation of its rink building, but the work on the actual rink with its new boards was completed today.

posted Dec.12, 2014

You can see for yourself how skating is going at the "gold standard" (non-municipal) outdoor rink, Harbourfront's Natrel Rink: webcam.

At 4 p.m. the city's rink information website/311 has been updated. Almost all city rinks are marked as OPEN. Joseph Bannon and Queensway rinks in Etobicoke are still closed for mechanical repairs. Riverdale Rink has reconnected its electricity and so can now make ice. At 11 a.m. it was listed as open for the first time in the season, but at 1 pm it was marked closed. The first listing must have jumped the gun -- the target was tomorrow. Regent South is still finishing a renovation of its rink building.

posted Dec.12, 2014

At 1 p.m. the city's rink information website/311 has been updated. Almost all city rinks are marked as OPEN. The only rinks still closed in the aftermath of yesterday's snowfall are Rivercrest and Scarborough Civic. Joseph Bannon and Queensway rinks in Etobicoke are still closed for mechanical repairs. Riverdale Rink has reconnected its electricity and so can now make ice. At 11 a.m. it was marked as open for the first time in the season, but at 1 pm it was marked closed. The first listing must have been a mistake. Regent South is still finishing a renovation of its rink building.


You can see for yourself how skating is going at the "gold standard" (non-municipal) outdoor rink, Harbourfront's Natrel Rink: webcam.

At 11 a.m. the city's rink information website/311 has been updated. Almost all city rinks are marked as OPEN. The only rinks still closed in the aftermath of yesterday's snowfall are Irving Chapley and Scarborough Civic. Joseph Bannon and Queensway rinks in Etobicoke are still closed for mechanical repairs. Riverdale Rink has reconnected its electricity and so was able to make ice -- today it is marked as open for the first time in the season. Regent South is still finishing a renovation of its rink building.

posted Dec.12, 2014

You can see for yourself how skating is going at the "gold standard" (non-municipal) outdoor rink, Harbourfront's Natrel Rink: webcam.

At 10 a.m. the city's rink information website/311 has not been updated since yesterday's snowfall. It lists all but 18 of our 52 municipal outdoor rinks as CLOSED, including Greenwood, despite its roof. Nathan Phillips Square (City Hall) is also still listed as closed. It's very unlikely that Toronto's main civic outdoor rink is closed, when Harbourfront stayed open with plenty of skaters all day yesterday.

posted December 11, 2014

You can see for yourself how skating is going at the "gold standard" (non-municipal) outdoor rink, Harbourfront's Natrel Rink: webcam.

At 7 p.m. the city's rink information website/311 lists all but 18 of our 52 municipal outdoor rinks as CLOSED. Greenwood, strangely, is on the "closed" list, despite its roof. Nathan Phillips Square (City Hall) is also still listed as closed even though the snow stopped two hours ago. Perhaps there are no 311 staff assigned to updating in the evening.

posted Dec.11, 2014

You can see for yourself how the snow cleanup is going at the "gold standard" (non-municipal) outdoor rink, Harbourfront's Natrel Rink: webcam. A snowplough and a zamboni alternate with skaters.

At 1.30 p.m. the city's rink information website/311 lists all but 15 of our 52 municipal outdoor rinks as CLOSED. Today will be a day off for most rinks until it stops snowing, but the city has both ploughs and zambonis out to take off the snow, even as it keeps falling. Some rinks marked as "open" have not actually been cleared of snow at all (for example, Wallace Rink), so skaters would have to skate in a foot of snow.

posted December 11, 2014

You can see for yourself how the snow cleanup is going at the "gold standard" (non-municipal) outdoor rink, Harbourfront's Natrel Rink: webcam. This morning, a plough took off the snow, with the zamboni following close behind. Afterwards, people were skating, but not for long, maybe -- the snow continues to come down.

At 11 a.m. the city's rink information website/311 still lists most of our 52 municipal outdoor rinks as OPEN. But in fact, today will be a day off for most rinks until it stops snowing and the snow can be removed from the ice surfaces.

Note: the rink at City Hall is one of the few listed as CLOSED.

posted December 10, 2014

You can see normal ice conditions for yourself on Harbourfront's Natrel Rink webcam.

The city's rink information website/311 lists all municipal outdoor rinks as OPEN except for the following four rinks: Regent South (under construction until Jan.4), Joseph Bannon, Queensway and Riverdale The last three are not making ice. It turns out that there is a construction delay at Riverdale but it should be open on Dec.13. At Queensway, a leaky roof caused compressor damage, which is under repair, hopefully opening on or before Dec.22. Councillor Mammoliti's office says there are mechanical issues at Joseph Bannon Rink, and they will get more information soon. Hodgson Rink is listed as closed, no reason given.

posted Dec.7, 2014

You can see normal ice conditions for yourself on Harbourfront's Natrel Rink webcam.

The city's rink information website/311 lists all municipal outdoor rinks as OPEN except for the following five rinks: Regent North, Regent South (under construction until Jan.4), Joseph Bannon, Queensway and Riverdale. The last three are not making ice, but there are no signs up, explaining why. 311 has no information either (in general their rink information is very limited, and can be unreliable). We're following up with the councillors' offices, and will report back.

posted Dec.6, 2014

You can see normal ice conditions for yourself on Harbourfront's Natrel Rink webcam.

The city's rink information website/311 lists all municipal outdoor rinks as OPEN except for the following four rinks: Regent South is under construction until after the holidays (Jan.4). Joseph Bannon, Queensway and Riverdale are not making ice, but there are no signs up, explaining why. 311 has no information either (in general their rink information is very limited, and can be unreliable). We're following up with the councillors' offices, and will report back. posted Dec.5, 2014

You can see normal ice conditions for yourself on Harbourfront's Natrel Rink webcam.

The city's rink information website/311 lists the following rinks as closed: Joseph Bannon, Queensway and Riverdale. None of these rinks are making ice, but there are no signs explaining why. 311 has no information either (in general their rink information is very limited, and often unreliable).

Sunnydale has today been posted as re-opened, although their ice is still thin. Regent South is under construction until after the holidays (Jan.4).

posted December 05, 2014

At 10 am on Dec.5, the temperature is 2 celsius. Even so, the city's rink information website/311 still lists the following rinks as closed (wrongly or rightly): in the west, Joseph Bannon, Prince of Wales, and Queensway. In the central region, Riverdale. Why have these rinks been closed all week when ice-maintenance conditions have been ideal?

posted Dec.4, 2014

You can see normal ice conditions for yourself on Harbourfront's Natrel Rink webcam.

At 4 pm on Dec.4, the temperature is -2 celsius. Even so, the city's rink information website/311 still lists the following rinks as closed (wrongly or rightly): in the west, Joseph Bannon, Prince of Wales, and Queensway. In the central region, Riverdale. Why have these rinks been closed all week when ice-maintenance conditions have been ideal?

posted Dec.4, 2014

You can see normal ice conditions for yourself on Harbourfront's Natrel Rink webcam.

At 9.30 am on Dec.4, the temperature is -2 celsius. Even so, the city's rink information website/311 still lists the following rinks as closed (wrongly or rightly): in the west, Joseph Bannon, Prince of Wales, and Queensway. In the central region, Riverdale and Withrow are listed as closed. Why have these rinks been closed all week when ice-maintenance conditions have been ideal?

Sunnydale has re-installed the part of their MLSE boards that blew down in the wind 10 days ago, but has not got their ice back in, and Regent South is under construction until after the holidays.

At 5 pm on Dec.3, the temperature is 0 celsius. Even so, the city's rink information website/311 still list the following rinks as closed (wrongly or rightly): in the west, Joseph Bannon, Prince of Wales, and Queensway. In the central region, Riverdale and Withrow are listed as closed. Why have these rinks been closed all week when ice-maintenance conditions have been ideal?

Sunnydale has re-installed the part of their MLSE boards that blew down in the wind 10 days ago, but has not got their ice back in, and Regent South is under construction until after the holidays.

posted Dec.3, 2014

At 2 pm on Dec.3, the temperature is 2 celsius. Even so, the city's rink information website/311 still list the following as closed (wrongly or rightly): in the west, Joseph Bannon, Prince of Wales, Queensway, and Sir Adam Beck. In the central region, Riverdale, Trinity, and Withrow are listed as closed. Reality check: at 2.20 pm, Trinity Rink was actually open, with thick ice.

Sunnydale has re-installed the part of their MLSE boards that blew down in the wind 10 days ago, but has not got their ice back in, and Regent South is under construction until after the holidays.

You can see normal ice conditions for yourself on Harbourfront's Natrel Rink webcam.

At 11 am on Dec.2, the information on the city's rink information website/311 has finally been updated. More of the ice rinks that opened on Saturday are listed as opened.

Still listed as closed (wrongly or rightly): In the west, Joseph Bannon, Prince of Wales, Queensway, and Sir Adam Beck. In the central region, Monarch, Riverdale, Trinity and Withrow.

Regent North is newly listed as closed. Sunnydale is fixing the part of their MLSE boards that blew down in the wind, and Regent South is under construction until after the holidays. posted Dec.2, 2014

You can see normal ice conditions for yourself on Harbourfront's Natrel Rink webcam.

At 10 am on Dec.2, the temperature is -5 celsius. According to the city's rink information website/311, most of the outdoor compressor-cooled ice rinks that opened on Saturday are closed. It seems pretty clear that the information is outdated.

posted Dec.1, 2014

You can see normal ice conditions for yourself on Harbourfront's Natrel Rink webcam.

At 7 pm on Dec.1, the temperature is -4 celsius. According to the city's rink information website/311, most of the outdoor compressor-cooled ice rinks that opened on Saturday are closed. (Why?) The following rinks are listed as OPEN:

Ramsden, Nathan Phillips Square, Dufferin, Regent North, Broadlands, Cedarvale, Greenwood, Kew Rink, Colonel Sam Smith, Glen Long, Rennie, Scarborough Civic, Harry Gairey (Alexandra, Scadding), Campbell, Christie, High Park (but not the hockey pad), Jimmie Simpson, Lambton-Kingsway, Otter Creek, Rosedale, and Wallace.

Sunnydale is fixing the part of their MLSE boards that blew down in the wind, and Regent South is under construction until after the holidays.

posted Dec.1, 2014

At 10 a.m. Dec.1, the city's rink information website/311 till has yesterday's information. Most of the city's outdoor compressor-cooled ice rinks have opened for the season. Until 3 pm, the following rinks were still closed (mainly because the time of building ice was too short, sometimes only 2 floods): Joseph Bannon, Queensway, Prince of Wales, Westgrove, Riverdale, and Trinity. Sunnydale may still be fixing the part of their MLSE boards that blew down in the wind and Regent South is under construction until January 4 2015. In the later afternoon, seven more rinks were listed as closed, because of thin ice combined with warm weather: Withrow, Sherbourne, Regent North, North Toronto Memorial, High Park, Dieppe, and the hockey side of Giovanni Caboto.

You can see normal ice conditions for yourself on Harbourfront's Natrel Rink webcam.

posted November 28, 2014

For the first time since last Monday, the front page of the city's rink information website/311 lists 13 of the 15 rinks that were advertised as opening on Nov.22, as actually open, with no provisos like "thin ice."

These rinks are: Irving Chapley, Ramsden, Nathan Phillips Square, Dufferin, Regent North, Broadlands. Cedarvale, Greenwood, Kew Rink, Colonel Sam Smith, Glen Long, Rennie, and West Mall.

Scarborough Civic is still listed as "closed (weather conditions)" -- really? -- and Sunnydale is fixing the part of their MLSE boards that blew down in the wind. All other city rinks except Regent South are scheduled to open on Saturday Nov.29. You can see normal ice conditions for yourself on Harbourfront's Natrel Rink webcam.

posted November 27, 2014

You can see normal ice conditions for yourself on Harbourfront's Natrel Rink webcam.

Ten and a half city rinks are listed as open on the front page of city's rink information website/311: Irving Chapley, Ramsden, Nathan Phillips Square, Dufferin, Cedarvale, Greenwood, Kew Rink, Colonel Sam Smith and Glen Long. Rennie has reopened but is listed as "thin ice," and West Mall has reopened but is "leisure skating only."

Earlier-opening rinks still building ice or rebuilding ice from last Monday are: Regent North, Scarborough Civic, and Broadlands. Sunnydale is fixing the part of their MLSE boards that blew down in the wind.

All other city rinks except Regent South are scheduled to open on Saturday Nov.29.

posted November 26, 2014

At 6 p.m. on Nov.26, the front page of city's rink information website/311 still gives outdated information about seven of the earlier-opening rinks, derived from the postings two days ago (Nov.24). You can see normal ice conditions for yourself on Harbourfront rink's webcam.

Seven rinks are listed as open: Ramsden, Nathan Phillips Square, Dufferin, Cedarvale, Greenwood, Kew Rink and Glen Long.

Listed as closed (actually down to concrete - why? - by Tuesday, need to be rebuilt) are: Regent North, Rennie, Sunnydale - part of their MLSE boards blew down in the wind, and West Mall. Colonel Sam Smith is listed as "closed - water covered" but its ice has been fine since yesterday.

posted November 26, 2014

At 12 noon on Nov.26, the front page of city's rink information website/311 still gives outdated information about most of the earlier-opening rinks, derived from the postings two days ago (Nov.24). You can see normal ice conditions for yourself on Harbourfront rink's webcam. CityRinks visited the following rinks on Tuesday Nov.25 and posted what we found. Rinks in good condition were: Ramsden, Dufferin, Cedarvale, and Greenwood.

Closed: Regent North had lost most of its ice (why?) and at 8 pm there was no ice-making going on. Kew Rink had good ice but was only open for the 9 pm permit. Nathan Phillips Square was closed, but since their ice was fine, we can only guess they were trying to build more ice for their big lights event on Nov.29.

In the west, Rennie was down to concrete on parts of the hockey side (why?), Sunnydale had no ice at all (plus part of their boards had blown down in the wind), and neither did West Mall (why?). Colonel Sam Smith had a "closed due to inclement weather" sign but good ice. CityRinks did not visits the rinks in North York.

posted November 25, 2014

At 8.30 p.m., the front page of city's rink information website/311 still has most of the earlier-opening rinks as closed due to "water on the ice." In other words, yesterday's information was never updated. Today, of course, there was no water, but all west region rinks are down to concrete (why??) except Colonel Sam Smith (which is closed "due to inclement weather" but has good ice). Downtown, Regent North has lost most of its ice. Nathan Phillips Square is closed, but since their ice is fine, we can only guess they're trying to build more ice for their big lights event on Nov.29.

You can see normal ice conditions for yourself on Harbourfront rink's webcam. The earlier-opening downtown rinks that are open tonight (with very good ice) are Ramsden, Dufferin, Cedarvale, and Greenwood. Kew Rink is only open for the 9 pm permit. Chances are that the rinks in North York are closed. The weather, however is the same everywhere -- 1 degree celsius. Great for skating.

posted November 24, 2014

At 8 pm, 6 degree celsius, and wind roaring up to 90m Km an hour, most city rinks are closed until tomorrow. You can see ice conditions for yourself on Harbourfront rink's webcam.

Rinks that are still listed on city's rink information website/311 as open are: Cedarvale, Dufferin, Greenwood, Nathan Phillips Square, and Ramsden. This information is at least partly wrong -- Dufferin Grove closed at 7 p.m. (This information is not available at 311 either.) Harbourfront, however, is open, and for people skating east, the powerful westerly winds are pushing them without them having to make any effort.

Nov 24 2014

At 3 pm and 15 degrees celsius, some of the city's 13 earlier-opening rinks have closed for now. You can see ice conditions for yourself on Harbourfront rink's webcam.

Rinks that are still listed on city's rink information website/311 as open are: Cedarvale, Dufferin, Greenwood, Nathan Phillips Square, Ramsden, and Regent North. These rinks are wet on top but the ice is solid underneath.

posted November 23, 2014

Harbourfront's Natrel Rink (not a municipal rink) is open. See their webcam.

Despite the city's press release announcing 15 rinks opening Nov.22, only 13 rinks have opened as of Nov.23: Ramsden, Regent North, Kew Rink, Cedarvale, Greenwood, Colonel Sam Smith, Dufferin, Nathan Phillips Square, Rennie, Sunnydale, West Mall, Glen Long, and Irving Chapley. Three are listed as TBA, the rest are scheduled to open on Nov.29 or a few days later. (Caution: some of the opening dates listed on the front page of city's rink information website/311 still don't match the rink schedules that are listed under the individual rink names.)

posted November 22, 2014

Harbourfront's Natrel Rink (not a municipal rink) is open. See their webcam.

According to the city's web page/311, fifteen municipal outdoor rinks opened today (Saturday November 22): Scarborough Civic, Ramsden, Regent North, Kew Rink, Cedarvale, Greenwood, Colonel Sam Smith, Dufferin, Nathan Phillips Square, Rennie, Sunnydale, West Mall, Glen Long, Irving Chapley, and Broadlands. The rest are scheduled to open on Nov.29 or a few days later. (Caution: some of the opening dates listed on the city's front page don't match the rink schedules that are listed under the individual rink names.)

Nov.21 2014: Harbourfront's Natrel Rink (not a municipal rink) is open. See their webcam.

It now appears that fourteen municipal outdoor rinks will open on Saturday November 22: Ramsden, Regent North, Kew Rink, Cedarvale, Greenwood, Colonel Sam Smith, Dufferin, Nathan Phillips Square, Rennie, Sunnydale, West Mall, Glen Long, Irving Chapley, and Broadlands. The rest are scheduled to open on Nov.29 or a few days later. See the city's web page/311 for schedule details (caution: some of the opening dates listed on their front page don't match their individual rink schedules).

posted November 21, 2014

Harbourfront's Natrel Rink (not a municipal rink) is open. See their webcam.

Eleven municipal outdoor rinks are scheduled to open on Saturday November 22: Ramsden, Regent North, Kew Rink, Cedarvale, Greenwood, Colonel Sam Smith, Dufferin, Nathan Phillips Square, Rennie, Sunnydale, and West Mall. Glen Long and Irving Chapley are to open on Nov.23, Broadlands on Nov.24, and the rest on Nov.29 or a few days later. See the city's web page/311 for schedule details (caution: some of the opening dates listed on their front page don't match the individual rink schedules).

November 8 2014

In New York City, on Oct.27, 2014, three outdoor rinks were already open with good ice.

posted March 17, 2014

All of the city's compressor-cooled outdoor rinks are now CLOSED for the season. That includes Harbourfront's Natrel Rink (non-municipal). For indoor rinks information, see the city's arena skating schedules and Board of Management arenas contact list

Toronto has 56 outdoor Artificial Ice Rinks (real ice, but cooled by compressors) - 53 operated by the City, plus Harbourfront's Natrel Rink, the Don Mills Skating Oval, and Brickworks. No other city in the world has close to that many. Lots of stories.

posted March 16, 2014

At 11.30 a.m. on Sunday March 16, the city's web page/311 says that all 28 of its scheduled outdoor rinks are open. To monitor outdoor ice conditions yourself, see the webcam of Harbourfront's Natrel Rink.

The remaining 28 city outdoor rinks will close for the season this evening, Sunday March 16.

17 outdoor rinks were already scheduled to remain open until March 16: West Mall, Colonel Sam Smith, Sunnydale, Rennie, Cedarvale, Dufferin Grove, Glen Long, Mel Lastman, Irving Chapley, Nathan Phillips, Regent South, Monarch, Dieppe, Greenwood, Kew, Broadlands, and Scarborough Civic. An additional 11 rinks re-opened on Feb.27, listed as "operational": Westway, Trinity, Sir Adam Beck, Riverdale, Regent North, Ramsden, Otter Creek, Humber Valley, High Park, Giovanni Caboto, and Harry Gairey/Alexandra.

Harbourfront's Natrel Rink (not municipal) began making ice on Nov.10 and has been running since Nov.16. Check their webcam for lively skaters, Lake Ontario sunsets, planes landing at the island airport, and excellent ice making.

posted March 15, 2014

At 4.30 p.m. on Saturday March 15, the city's web page/311 says that most of its scheduled outdoor rinks are open. However, the following rinks are listed as closed: Colonel Sam Smith, Dieppe, Glen Long, Irving Chapley, High Park, and Trinity. To monitor outdoor ice conditions yourself, see the webcam of Harbourfront's Natrel Rink.

At 12 noon on Saturday March 15, the city's web page/311 says that most of its scheduled outdoor rinks are open. The following rinks are still listed as closed: Dieppe, Glen Long, Irving Chapley, High Park, and Trinity. To monitor outdoor ice conditions yourself, see the webcam of Harbourfront's Natrel Rink.

posted March 15, 2014

At 9 a.m on Saturday March 15, the city's web page/311 says that 13 rinks are open and 15 are closed (see the city's post). This report is still from yesterday. To monitor outdoor ice conditions yourself, see the webcam of Harbourfront's Natrel Rink.

posted March 14, 2014

At 6 p.m. on Friday March 14, the city's web page/311 says that 13 rinks are open and 15 are closed (see the city's post). To monitor outdoor ice conditions yourself, see the webcam of Harbourfront's Natrel Rink.

posted March 14, 2014

[note that the follow up posting to the below was listed as a 3 pm posting, which is not true]

At 4 p.m. on Friday March 14, the city's web page/311 says that all but one (Irving Chapley) of the 28 city outdoor rinks currently scheduled are operational. But this is not accurate -- Dufferin Rink. for example, closed at 2 pm. At full March sun and 9 degrees, outdoor rinks cannot keep ice solid. . To monitor outdoor ice conditions yourself, see the webcam of Harbourfront's Natrel Rink. At 4 p.m. there are almost no skaters there, and lots of slush pylons.

posted March 14, 2014

At 2 p.m. on Friday March 14, the city's web page/311 says that all but one (Irving Chapley) of the 28 city outdoor rinks currently scheduled are operational. But the sun is staying out and the temperature is 5 celsius. To monitor outdoor ice conditions yourself, see the webcam of Harbourfront's Natrel Rink. At 1 pm Harbourfront has some skaters but part of the ice has been pyloned off.

posted March 13, 2014

At 4.30 p.m. on Thursday March 13, on to city's web page/311, the only rinks still listed as closed are Glen Long, Irving Chapley, and Kew. To monitor outdoor ice conditions yourself, see the webcam of Harbourfront's Natrel Rink.

posted March 13, 2014

At 8.30 a.m. on Thursday March 13, only Nathan Phillips and the roofed part of Greenwood Rink are posted as operational on the city's web page/311. The posting is still from yesterday afternoon. Most rinks were not dug out by yesterday evening, so it will still take a while for rinks to become skateable today. To monitor outdoor ice conditions yourself, see the webcam of Harbourfront's Natrel Rink.

posted March 12, 2014

On Wednesday March 12 at 9 pm, only Nathan Phillips and the roofed part of Greenwood Rink are posted as operational on the city's web page/311. Even the roofed part of Greenwood will have drifting snow. Ploughs are scarce and many rinks have not begun snow clearance. In some cases, like Dufferin, the pleasure side was ploughed and scraped - then half way through the hockey side, the zamboni ran out of gas and the plough ran out of room to put the snow. So the pleasure side is shared use between the women's permit and the beginner-shinny program and anyone that happens to drop by tonight. To monitor outdoor ice conditions yourself, see the webcam of Harbourfront's Natrel Rink.

On Wednesday March 12 at 1.30 pm, the following rinks are posted as operational on the city's web page/311: Nathan Phillips (but "snow-covered"), Scarborough Civic, Ramsden (pleasure-skating side only), and Greenwood (roofed part only, and even that side will have drifting snow). To monitor outdoor ice conditions yourself, see the webcam of Harbourfront's Natrel Rink. At 1.30, Harbourfront has about a dozen brave skaters, with heavily blowing snow all around them.

posted March 12, 2014

On Wednesday March 12 at 1.30 pm, the following rinks are posted as operational on the city's web page/311: Nathan Phillips (but "snow-covered"), Scarborough Civic, Ramsden (pleasure-skating side only), and Greenwood (roofed part only, and even that side will have drifting snow). To monitor outdoor ice conditions yourself, see the webcam of Harbourfront's Natrel Rink. At 1.30, Harbourfront has about a dozen brave skaters, with heavily blowing snow all around them.

On 9.30 a.m. on Wednesday March 12, the city's web page/311 still lists 26 of its current 28 rinks as closed (posting from 3.30 yesterday). Today the reason is different -- snow instead of March sun. To monitor outdoor ice conditions yourself, see the webcam of Harbourfront's Natrel Rink.

posted March 11, 2014

At 4.30 p.m. on Tuesday March 11, all of the 28 outdoor city rinks are listed on the city web page/311 as closed except two civic rinks: Mel Lastman and Scarborough Civic. Even Greenwood, with its new million-dollar shade roof, is listed as closed. To monitor ice conditions yourself, see the webcam of Harbourfront's Natrel Rink. Note that at 5 p.m., Harbourfront had only six skaters.

At 3 p.m. on Tuesday March 11, most of the 28 outdoor city rinks are listed on the city web page/311 as closed. Still listed as open: Mel Lastman Rink, West Mall pleasure-skating side, Rennie, Humber Valley, Sunnydale, Westway, Nathan Phillips, Dufferin Grove (but it's actually closed), Greenwood, Kew, Ramsden (pleasure pad only), and Scarborough Civic Rink. To monitor ice conditions yourself, see the webcam of Harbourfront's Natrel Rink. Note that at 3 p.m., Harbourfront had only four skaters.

posted March 11, 2014

At 1.00 p.m. on Tuesday March 11, about half the 28 outdoor city rinks are listed on the city web page/311 as closed. All rinks run under Etobicoke management are listed as open. All rinks under North Toronto management are listed as closed except for Mel Lastman Rink. All rinks under Toronto/East York management were listed as closed except for Nathan Phillips -- but now Dufferin Grove, Greenwood, Kew, and Ramsden (pleasure pad only) are listed as open. Scarborough Civic Rink is listed as open. To monitor ice conditions, see the webcam of Harbourfront's Natrel Rink.

posted March 11, 2014

At 12.45 p.m. on Tuesday March 11, more than half the 28 outdoor city rinks are listed on the city web page/311 as closed. All rinks run under Etobicoke management are listed as open. All rinks under North Toronto management are listed as closed except for Mel Lastman Rink. All rinks under Toronto/East York management are listed as closed except for Nathan Phillips. Scarborough Civic Rink is listed as open. The information is not necessarily correct -- for example, Dufferin Rink is not yet closed. To monitor ice conditions, see the webcam of Harbourfront's Natrel Rink.

<<<<<<< posted March 11, 2014

At 11.30 a.m. on Tuesday March 11, almost half the 28 outdoor city rinks are still listed on the city web page/311 as closed (listing is still from last night), because of the warm March sunshine. Today is another challenging day for outdoor rinks: see the webcam of Harbourfront's Natrel Rink to monitor ice conditions.

======= At 11.30 a.m. on Tuesday March 11, almost half the 28 outdoor city rinks are still listed on the city web page/311 as closed (listing is still from last night), because of the warm March sunshine. Today is another challenging day for outdoor rinks: see the webcam of Harbourfront's Natrel Rink to monitor ice conditions.

>>>>>>> posted March 10, 2014

On Monday March 10, between 7pm and at 8 p.m., the city's web page/311 listed another 5 rinks as closed - so now only 16 are operational or partially open. Closed rinks are Broadlands, Glen Long, Trinity, Otter Creek, Westway, the West Mall pleasure pad, Sir Adam Back, Colonel Sam, Monarch, Regent North and South, Riverdale, and Sunnydale. In addition, the hockey pads are listed as closed at Harry Gairey, Dieppe, and JJP. Today there was enough March sun coming through the 6 degree haze that most of the other rinks got mushy or water-covered ice as well. Now that the sun has set, you can see the big puddles at Harbourfront's Natrel Rink starting to firm up: webcam.

On Monday March 10, at 7 p.m., the city's web page/311 lists 21 outdoor rinks as operational, with Broadlands, Glen Long, Trinity, Otter Creek, Westway, the West Mall pleasure pad and Sir Adam Back marked as closed. Today there was enough March sun coming through the 6 degree haze that most of the other rinks got mushy or water-covered ice as well. Now that the sun has set, you can see the big puddles at Harbourfront's Natrel Rink starting to firm up: webcam.

On Monday March 10, at 4 p.m., the city's web page/311 lists 26 outdoor rinks as operational, with Broadlands, Glen Long, Trinity, Otter Creek, Westway, the West Mall pleasure pad and Sir Adam Back marked as closed. However, there's enough March sun coming through the 6 degree haze that most other rinks will have mushy ice. See the big puddles at Harbourfront's Natrel Rink, on their webcam.

posted March 10, 2014

On Monday March 10, at 2 p.m., the city's web page/311 lists 26 outdoor rinks as operational, with just Broadlands and Glen Long marked as closed. However, there's enough March sun coming through the 6 degree haze that most other rinks will have mushy ice.

posted March 10, 2014

On Monday March 10, at 10 a.m., the city's web page/311 is still from Sunday. It says that 27 of the city's 51 outdoor ice rinks are operational, with Broadlands marked closed.

posted March 09, 2014

On Sunday March 9, during the daytime, the city's web page/311 says that 28 of the city's 51 outdoor ice rinks are operational. At 8 p.m., Broadlands was marked closed, but it was the only one. The forecast sunny day ended up having a lot of hazy cloud, so the rinks were only somewhat mushy.

posted March 08, 2014

On Saturday March 8 at 8 a.m., the city's web page/311 lists the following rinks as closed: Broadlands, Glen Long, Regent North and South, Sir Adam Beck, Sunnydale, West Mall, Westway, and the shinny-hockey pad of Ramsden Rink. This message was posted at 8.15 p.m. on Friday, because it was 3 celsius by Friday mid-afternoon and the sun was high in the sky: March sun turns ice mushy.

posted March 07, 2014

On Friday March 7 daytime, the city's web page/311 says that 28 of the city's 51 outdoor ice rinks are operational. Then at 8.15 p.m., the following rinks were listed as closed: Broadlands, Glen Long, Regent North and South, Sir Adam Beck, Sunnydale, West Mall, Westway, and the shinny-hockey pad of Ramsden Rink. That's because it was 3 celsius by mid-afternoon and the sun was high in the sky: March sun turns ice mushy.

Editor's blog: why this is the right time to close many of the outdoor rinks, despite the Globe's Feb.28 editorial.

posted March 02, 2014

On Sunday March 2, the city's web page/311 says that 28 of the city's 51 outdoor ice rinks are operational.

posted March 01, 2014

On Saturday March 1, the city's web page/311 says it has resumed ice maintenance on 11 of the 34 rinks that were scheduled to be closed, in addition to the 17 already scheduled to be open.

New editor's blog: why the Globe's editorial is mistaken and this is the right time to close many of the outdoor rinks.

The additional 11 rinks are listed as "operational, building closed, maintenance reduced": Westway, Trinity, Sir Adam Beck, Riverdale, Regent North, Ramsden, Otter Creek, Humber Valley, High Park, Giovanni Caboto, and Harry Gairey/Alexandra.

17 outdoor rinks were already scheduled to remain open until March 16: West Mall, Colonel Sam Smith, Sunnydale, Rennie, Cedarvale, Dufferin Grove, Glen Long, Mel Lastman, Irving Chapley, Nathan Phillips, Regent South, Monarch (really?), Dieppe, Greenwood, Kew, Broadlands, and Scarborough Civic.

posted February 28, 2014

On Friday Feb.28, the city has modified its outdoor rinks season and resumed ice maintenance on 11 of the 34 rinks that were scheduled to be closed, in addition to the 17 already scheduled to be open.

New editor's blog: why the Globe's editorial is mistaken and this is the right time to close many of the outdoor rinks.

posted February 27, 2014

On Thursday Feb.27, the city's outdoor rinks web page/311 lists 34 of the outdoor rinks as closed for the season.

posted February 24, 2014

On Monday Feb.24, the city's outdoor rinks web page/311 lists 34 of the outdoor rinks as closed for the season.

17 outdoor rinks are currently scheduled to remain open until March 16: West Mall, Colonel Sam Smith, Sunnydale, Rennie, Cedarvale, Dufferin Grove, Glen Long, Mel Lastman, Irving Chapley, Nathan Phillips, Regent South, Monarch (really?), Dieppe, Greenwood, Kew, Broadlands, and Scarborough Civic.

posted February 24, 2014

Most of the city's outdoor rinks were scheduled to close for the season at 10 p.m yesterday. But at 10.30 a.m. on Monday Feb.24, the city's outdoor rinks web page/311 still lists them as operational.

posted February 23, 2014

[Note to Jutta: the date was changed to Sunday at 3.30 but the news remained the same. Then on Monday morning the last posting time for Sunday was changed to 6.345 pm and Broadlands and Pleasantview were marked open again.]]

Most of the city's outdoor rinks are scheduled to close for the season at 10 p.m today -- see the city's outdoor rinks web page/311.

posted February 23, 2014

Most of the outdoor rinks will close for the season today so perhaps the rink information line is semi-closed too, in anticipation. At 8.30 a.m. on Sunday Feb.23 the city's outdoor rinks web page/311 was still not updated from two days ago. At 11 a.m., the posting date was changed to Saturday afternoon -- only one day behind, but with all the same open/closed information from Friday.

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posted February 22, 2014

At 7.30 p.m. on Saturday Feb.22 the city's outdoor rinks web page/311 lists most outdoor rinks as operational. But this posting is still from Friday afternoon. Broadlands, Ledbury, Pleasantview, and Valleyfield are listed as closed and Ramsden is listed as hockey pad closed. None of those may actually still be closed -- but who knows, when 311 is so often inaccurate? Two rinks are listed as already closed for the season, three days ahead of schedule: Prince of Wales and West Deane/ Martingrove.

posted February 21, 2014

On Friday Feb.21 the city's outdoor rinks web page lists many outdoor rinks as operational. Only Broadlands, Ledbury, Pleasantview, and Valleyfield are listed as closed and Ramsden is listed as hockey pad closed. Two rinks are listed as already closed for the season, three days ahead of schedule: Prince of Wales and West Deane/ Martingrove.

posted February 21, 2014

At 4 p.m on Friday Feb.21 the city's outdoor rinks web page lists many outdoor rinks as operational. However, this is unlikely, because of all the water from last night's rainfall, the current bight sunshine and the above-freezing temperatures.

Only Broadlands, Ledbury, Pleasantview, and Valleyfield are listed as closed and Ramsden is listed as hockey pad closed. Two rinks are listed as already closed for the season, three days ahead of schedule: Prince of Wales and West Deane/ Martingrove.

At 8pm some rinks will start to actually be a little closer to being skateable.

posted February 21, 2014

At 4pm - For instance, neither Wallace nor Campbell rinks are listed as closed, but they are not skateable.

At 2.30 p.m on Friday Feb.21 the city's outdoor rinks web page has not yet been updated from yesterday afternoon. It lists all but two outdoor rinks as operational. However, many rinks will not be skateable until they have had the extra water from last night's rainfall removed. Check Harbourfront's Natrel Rink webcam to see when rinks that are not well drained can be skateable again under ideal ice maintenance conditions.

posted February 20, 2014

At 11.30 a.m on Thursday Feb.20 the city's outdoor rinks web page lists the following rinks as closed: Prince of Wales, Broadlands, and Wallace Emerson. In addition, Ramsden Rink is listed as having its hockey pad closed. Wallace Rink, in actual fact, is open on the pleasure-skating side, but there seems to be a compressor problem on the hockey side.

posted February 20, 2014

At 10.15 a.m on Thursday Feb.20 the city's outdoor rinks web page lists lists the following rinks as closed (presumably because of yesterday's sunshine and then short showers): West Mall, Prince of Wales, Broadlands, and Joseph Bannon. In addition, Ramsden, Rennie, and Greenwood Rinks are listed as having their hockey pads closed. That post is still from 4 pm yeasterday.

posted February 19, 2014

On Wednesday Feb.19 the city's outdoor rinks web page lists lists all the outdoor compressor-cooled rinks that are running this season (51) as "operational."

Most of the outdoor rinks will close for the season at the end of this week -- a good idea, because of the increasing power of the sun in late winter, even in cold weather.

posted February 19, 2014

On Wednesday Feb.19 at 8 a.m. the city's outdoor rinks web page lists six of the outdoor compressor-cooled rinks as still closed, presumably because of yesterday's early-morning snowfall. This is unlikely to be accurate.

posted February 17, 2014

On Monday Feb.17 the city's outdoor rinks web page lists lists all the outdoor compressor-cooled rinks that are running this season (51) as "operational." However, because of the holiday today, the outdoor rinks have shortened hours. Family Day Schedules for Toronto/East York are posted here. For the rest of the city, click on individual rinks here.

Most of the outdoor rinks will close for the season one week from today -- a good idea, because of the increasing power of the sun in late winter, even in cold weather.

On Friday Feb.7 at 9.30 a.m. the city's outdoor rinks web page lists most rinks as open except for: Greenwood (pleasure-skating side), Dieppe (hockey side), Otter Creek and Scarborough Civic. This information may not be reliable.

posted February 06, 2014

On Thursday Feb.6 at 6.30 p.m. the city's outdoor rinks web page lists most rinks as open except for: Greenwood (pleasure-skating side), Dieppe (hockey side), Otter Creek and Scarborough Civic. This information may not be reliable.

posted February 06, 2014

On Thursday Feb.6 at 1.30 p.m. the city's outdoor rinks web page lists most rinks as open except for the tennis-court rinks in Etobicoke, all of which are presumably still being dug out.

posted February 06, 2014

On Thursday Feb.6 at 9.30 a.m. the city's outdoor rinks web page lists some rinks as open and some as closed. This posting is from yesterday at 7 pm. Even then, none of that information was reliable.

posted February 04, 2014

On Wednesday Feb.5 at 10.30 a.m. the city's outdoor rinks web page lists all the outdoor compressor-cooled rinks that are running this season (51) as CLOSED. Then at 12.30 the city's website listed all 21 downtown ("South District") outdoor rinks as "operational -- programs cancelled until further notice." Hard to know what exactly that's supposed to mean, but for the rest of the day there was never any "further notice" or update on the city's web page. In reality, the downtown west rinks began to be cleared from about 3 pm on, and many of them were skateable by later afternoon. Some of the downtown east rinks seem to have had deep snow on them at the time when they were declared "operational," and they never got cleared at all today.

By 5.30 p.m. the snow had stopped but the Etobicoke, North York and Scarborough Rinks were still listed as closed.

On Wednesday Feb.5 at 8.30 a.m. the city's outdoor rinks web page lists all the outdoor compressor-cooled rinks that are running this season (51) as "operational." But that's an out-of-date posting from yesterday. Because of the snow, none of the rinks will be available for shinny hockey and pleasure-skating will be tricky as well. To see when rinks are skateable again, check the webcam at Harbourfront's Natrel Rink. posted February 03, 2014

At 4 p.m. on Monday Feb.3 the city's outdoor rinks web page lists all the outdoor compressor-cooled rinks that are running this season (51) as "operational" -- except for High Park (no reason given).

posted February 03, 2014

At 8.30 a.m. on Monday Feb.3 the city's outdoor rinks web page posting from yesterday afternoon lists most of the outdoor rinks as open, except for Glen Long and Irving Chapley in the north. Joseph Bannon is "snow covered."

posted February 02, 2014

At 5.30 p.m. on Sunday Feb.2 the city's outdoor rinks web page lists most of the outdoor rinks as open, except for Glen Long and Irving Chapley in the north. Joseph Bannon is "snow covered." Other smaller rinks may still be snow-covered or ice-crusted as well, even if listed as operational. Yesterday's snow/slush/rain combo takes a long time to clear off citywide.

posted February 02, 2014

At 10.30 a.m. on Sunday Feb.2 the city's outdoor rinks web page post is still from Saturday 10 a.m. It lists all the outdoor compressor-cooled rinks that are running this season (51) as "operational." But in fact very few will be skateable because of yesterday's snow/slush/rain combo. It will take a while for the rinks to be cleared off citywide.

posted January 27, 2014

At 11.30 a.m. on Monday Jan.27 the city's outdoor rinks web page lists all the outdoor compressor-cooled rinks that are running this season (51) as "operational." Scarborough Civic's change room is closed due to construction. The snow from yesterday and overnight, plus substantial flurries this morning, means that many rinks will take a while to clear and become truly "operational."

posted January 17, 2014

At 3 p.m. on Friday Jan.17 the city's outdoor rinks web page lists all the outdoor compressor-cooled rinks that are operating this season (51) as "operational." Scarborough Civic's change room is closed due to construction.

posted January 16, 2014

At 2 p.m. on Thursday Jan.16 the city's outdoor rinks web page lists all the outdoor compressor-cooled rinks that are operating this season (51) as "operational" -- a first since Dec.23! Only Valleyfield and Scarborough Civic have their change rooms/washrooms closed.

posted January 15, 2014

On Wednesday Jan.15 the city's outdoor rinks web page lists all the outdoor rinks as "operational" except Summerlea (still closed, ever since the Dec.22 ice storm), Joseph Bannon and Regent Park North. Humber Valley, which was closed for a long time after the ice storm and then re-opened, is once again listed as closed. Why? City policy appears to be: "don't tell.|"

posted January 14, 2014

At 4 pm on Tuesday Jan.14 the city's outdoor rinks web page lists Summerlea as still closed (ever since the Dec.22 ice storm). Three other rinks are also listed as closed: Valleyfield, Joseph Bannon and Regent Park North.

posted January 14, 2014

At 2 pm on Tuesday Jan.14 the city's outdoor rinks web page still lists Summerlea and West Dean/Martingrove as closed (since the Dec.22 ice storm). The web site is only half right -- Summerlea is out of action, but West Deane rink has been open every day, only the building has been closed (posted as opening at noon today -- did it happen?). The city's site also lists two other closures, new from yesterday: Joseph Bannon and Regent Park North.

posted January 13, 2014

At 7 pm on Monday Jan.13 the city's outdoor rinks web page still lists Summerlea and West Dean/Martingrove as closed (since the Dec.22 ice storm). The web site is only half right -- Summerlea is out of action, but West Deane rink has been open every day, only the building has been closed. The city's site also lists two new closures: Joseph Bannon and Regent Park North.

Tip: the milder weather will not make the ice soft at the outdoor rinks that are cooled by compressors.

posted January 12, 2014

At 4 pm on Sunday Jan.12 the city's outdoor rinks web page still lists Summerlea and West Dean as closed (since the Dec.22 ice storm).

posted January 11, 2014

At 10 pm on Saturday Jan.11 the city's outdoor rinks web page still lists Summerlea and West Dean as closed (since the Dec.22 ice storm). Although the ice is smooth and excellent at most of the the rinks, and the fog and drizzle had stopped by 5 pm, three North York rinks are still listed as closed: Ledbury, Irving Chapley, and Pleasantview. Scarborough Civic is also closed.

posted January 10, 2014

At 5.30 am on Friday Jan.10 the city's outdoor rinks web page still lists Summerlea and West Dean as closed. The rest are listed as operational. Happily, the layer of wet snow has been removed at most rinks now, and skating is good. posted January 09, 2014

At 6.30 pm on Thursday Jan.9 the city's outdoor rinks web page still lists Summerlea, West Dean, and Giovanni Caboto as closed. The West Mall rink is open but the building was closed this afternoon for Hydro repairs previously scheduled but postponed for the ice storm.

posted January 08, 2014

At 3 pm on Wednesday Jan.8 the city's outdoor rinks web page has a slightly different, and shorter list of rinks that are closed: Ryerson, Summerlea, and West Dean, as before, but also now Valleyfield.

posted January 08, 2014

At 11.30 a.m. on Wednesday Jan.8 the city's outdoor rinks web page says that the following rinks are still closed: Buttonwood, Rennie hockey pad, Ryerson, Summerlea, West Dean, and Westgrove.

posted January 08, 2014

At 8.30 a.m. on Wednesday Jan.8 the city's outdoor rinks web page says that 8 rinks are closed. This information was last updated by city staff at 3.30 pm on Tuesday. Hopefully more of the closed rinks have had their ice repaired by now and have reopened.

posted January 07, 2014

At 3.30 p.m. on Tuesday Jan.7 the city's outdoor rinks web page says that 8 rinks are closed. The rain/snow/ice combination from Sunday night made for slow repairs and tough slogging for zambonis. The extremely cold weather will slow the recovery down more. No one is in a big hurry to open the rinks, since the cold weather is keeping most skaters away from outdoor rinks. (At 5 pm, there is only one skater even at Harbourfront!)

posted January 07, 2014

At 8.30 a.m. on Tuesday Jan.7 the city's outdoor rinks web page (which has finally been updated from Sunday) says that 17 rinks are closed. The rain/snow/ice combination from Sunday night made for slow repairs and tough slogging for zambonis. The extremely cold weather will slow the recovery down more. However, some of the city's posting is old news -- some of those rinks reopened yesterday afternoon already.

posted January 06, 2014

At 3.30 p.m. on Monday Jan.6 the city's outdoor rinks web page (which has not been updated since 4 pm Sunday) says that most rinks are "operational," but that there are two rinks still closed (since Dec.22 2013) due to the effects of the ice storm: Humber Valley ("no power") and West Deane/Martingrove ("closed - no water"). Happily this is not true. Both of these rinks are open for skaters, only the changerooms/washrooms are closed. Scarborough Civic is open but the changeroom is closed (under renovation).

However, many of the rinks are barely skateable because of yesterday's combination of snow/rain/ice. Tough slogging for the zambonis, trying to do all those rink repairs.

posted January 05, 2014

On Sunday Jan.5 the city's outdoor rinks web page says that most rinks are "operational," but that there are two rinks still closed (since Dec.22 2013) due to the effects of the ice storm: Humber Valley ("no power") and West Deane/Martingrove ("closed - no water"). Happily this is not true. Both of these rinks are open for skaters, only the changerooms/washrooms are closed. Scarborough Civic is open but the changeroom is closed (under renovation).

posted January 04, 2014

On Saturday Jan.4 the city's outdoor rinks web page says that most rinks are "operational," but that there are two rinks still closed (since Dec.22 2013) due to the effects of the ice storm: Humber Valley ("no power") and West Deane/Martingrove ("closed - no water"). Happily this is not true. Both of these rinks are open for skaters, only the changerooms/washrooms are closed. Scarborough Civic is open but the changeroom is closed (under renovation).

posted January 03, 2014

At 8 a.m. on Friday Jan.3 the city's outdoor rinks web page (still dated Jan.1) says that most rinks are "operational." There are two rinks still listed as closed due to the effects of the ice storm: Humber Valley ("no power") and West Deane ("closed - no water"). Scarborough Civic is open but the changeroom is closed (under renovation).

posted January 01, 2014

On Wednesday Jan.1 the city's outdoor rinks web page says that most rinks are "operational." There are two rinks still listed as closed due to the effects of the ice storm: Humber Valley ("no power") and West Deane ("closed - no water"). Scarborough Civic is open but the changeroom is closed (under renovation).

New Year's Day (Jan 1) holiday hours across the city's rinks are very inconsistent. The following rinks in central Toronto are listed as fully open (including change rooms, washrooms, and rink staff) for most or some hours of New Year's Day: Harbourfront's Natrel Rink, City Hall (Nathan Phillips), Campbell, Harry Gairey (Scadding), Cedarvale, Dufferin, Ramsden, Greenwood, Wallace, and Kew Rink (three hours only). According to the city's website rink schedule pages, all Etobicoke rinks except for Giovanni Caboto are listed as having no staff, no changeroom/washroom access for New Year's Day. All North Toronto outdoor rinks except for Mel Lastman Rink are listed as as having no staff, no changeroom/washroom access for on Jan.1. Scarborough's Civic Rink is listed as open (washroom access only, no changeroom). Most rinks will have the ice surface available, and will have some ice maintenance.

 

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