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Dec.31, 2015: The City of Toronto website gives rink schedules. It also says that Dufferin Rink is open until 12.30 a.m.

Humber Valley Rink is closed because of zamboni problems (message from rink user -- not on the city's website).

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Harbourfront's Natrel Rink (not a municipal rink) has a webcam -- that's a good way to check on ice conditions. They are open tonight until 2 a.m. for their New Year's Eve skating party.

Dec.31: At 2 p.m. the City of Toronto website gives New Year's Day hours for some of the North York rinks. Unlike last year, a few even have the changerooms/washrooms open for part of the day.

Dec. 30:At 8 p.m. the City of Toronto website says that 10 outdoor rinks are still closed because they are "covered in snow." Two more (West Mall and Harry Gairey) have their hockey pads open but not the pleasure-skating side. And North Toronto has its pleasure-skating side open but not its hockey side. That means all the other outdoor rinks are OPEN, and probably most of the rest -- since 311 has not received new information from rink staff since 12 noon. No direct rink phone numbers are available to get more details.

Dec.30: At 10.15 a.m. the City of Toronto website says that 22 outdoor rinks are still closed because they are "covered in snow." Two more (West Mall and Harry Gairey) have their hockey pads open but not the pleasure-skating side. That means the rest are OPEN. No direct rink phone numbers are available to get more details.

posted December 30, 2015

At 9.30 a.m. the City of Toronto website advises calling 311 to find out which rinks have reopened since the snow/rain mix the night before last. But 311 only has last night's information. No direct rink phone numbers are available to get more details.

At 10 p.m. the City of Toronto website says eight rinks are open: High Park, Rennie, Sir Adam Beck, Colonel Sam Smith, Ramsden, Humber Valley, West Mall (hockey side only) and Dufferin. The rink at Nathan Phillips Square is NOT open. No question, this is a challenging day for all the rinks. The wet snow mixed with rain makes outdoor ice clearing very difficult. The website is being updated much more often than normal -- and no wonder, the rink staff must feel justifiably proud to call in as each additional rink reopens.

Dec.27: At 8 p.m. the City of Toronto website has finally removed the 3-day alarm notice, which said that most rinks are closed because of the warm weather. The list of rinks still closed has gone down from 9 rinks to 5. All other rinks are listed as OPEN. No direct rink phone numbers are available to get more details. In reality, at most rinks the ice has been fine since Christmas day.

9 closed at 5: Buttonwood Rink, North Toronto Memorial CC, Otter Creek Centre, Prince of Wales Rink, Rivercrest Rink, Royalcrest Rink, Scarborough Civic Centre, Albert Campbell, Summerlea Rink, Westgrove Rink

At 1 p.m. the special alarm notice from three days ago is still up on the City of Toronto website -- saying most rinks are closed because of the warm weather. But the site contradicts itself -- in the right column there is a list of only 9 rinks marked as closed. All other rinks are listed as OPEN. In fact, at most rinks the ice has been fine since Christmas day. No direct rink phone numbers are available to get more details.

The following rinks are open December 26, 2015:

Alexandra Park/ Harry Gairey, Campbell Avenue Playground, Christie Pits, Colonel Samuel Smith Park, Dieppe Park, Dufferin Grove Park, Giovanni Caboto, Greenwood Park, High Park, Hodgson Public School Grounds, Humber Valley Rink, Jimmie Simpson Park, Kew Gardens, Lambton-Kingsway Rink, Monarch Park, Nathan Phillips Square, Ramsden Park, Regent Park (South), Rennie Park, Rosedale Park, Ryerson Community Park, Sherbourne Common, Sir Adam Beck Rink, Sunnydale Acres Rink, Trinity Bellwoods Park, Wallace Emerson Park, Wedgewood Park, West Mall Rink (hockey side only), Westway, Withrow Park.

posted December 26, 2015

The alarm notice from two days ago -- about most rinks being closed because of the warm weather on Dec.24 -- stayed up on the City of Toronto website all of today. No direct rink phone numbers were available to get more details. But 311 had updates from 3 p.m. -- ALMOST ALL THE RINKS WERE OPEN. Exceptions (according to 311): West Mall pleasure-skating pad, North Toronto, Mel Lastman Rink, and Cedarvale. Harbourfront's Natrel Rink has a webcam -- that's a good way to check on ice conditions.

Dec.25: Most city rinks were postered all day as "closed due to weather." But in fact, the ice was fine at many rinks from Dec.24 evening on. Nathan Phillips Rink was open yesterday. Also, there were unfenced skating pads or trails that city staff can't lock up: Paul Quarrington, Ryerson Rink, Colonel Sam Smith, Joseph Bannon, Ledbury, Mel Lastman, Pleasantview, Valleyfield, Wedgewood, and Albert Campbell, plus half of Harry Gairey, Greenwood, Dieppe, Wallace-Emerson, and Rennie.

posted December 25, 2015

At 9 p.m. today, the Dec.24th alarm about weather from yesterday is still up on the City of Toronto website. No direct rink phone numbers are available to get more details, and 311 is not "up to date" as advertised on the website. Harbourfront's Natrel Rink has a webcam that's a good way to check on ice conditions.

Most city rinks were postered all day as "closed due to weather." But in fact, the ice was fine at many rinks from Dec.24 evening. Nathan Phillips Rink was open today. Also, there were unfenced pleasure-skating pads or trails that the city can't lock up: Harry Gairey, Paul Quarrington, Greenwood, Dieppe, Ryerson Rink, Rennie, Colonel Sam Smith, Joseph Bannon, Ledbury, Mel Lastman, Pleasantview, and Albert Campbell.

Message up on city website, Dec.25 3.30 pm: Due to unseasonably warm weather, many of our rinks have temporarily closed. We continue to work to make the ice skatable and will re-open as soon as possible. Due to the weather, closed rinks are not likely to re-open before Saturday, December 26th. For the most up-to-date rink status for each of our 50 rinks, call 311.

Dec.25: At 9 a.m., the alarm about weather is still up on the City of Toronto website. No direct rink phone numbers are available to get more details. Harbourfront's Natrel Rink has a webcam that shows ice conditions.

311 says the last update they got was at noon yesterday. So it's quite out of date.

Dec.24: At 7 p.m., most rinks are listed as closed due to the daytime weather. No direct rink phone numbers are available to get more details. Dufferin Rink has good ice and is open, unsupervised. Harbourfront's Natrel Rink is open. You can see ice conditions on their webcam.

311 says the last update they got was at noon. They said the following rinks are open: Greenwood covered hockey pad is open, as are Ryerson Rink, Jimmie Simpson, and Colonel Sam Smith skating trail.

Dec.24: At 4 p.m., most rinks are listed as closed due to the warm, sunny weather. No direct rink phone numbers are available to get more details. But 311 says the Greenwood covered hockey pad is open, as are Ryerson Rink, Jimmie Simpson, and Colonel Sam Smith skating trail. Harbourfront's Natrel Rink now shows skaters again. You can see ice conditions on their webcam.

Harbourfront's Natrel Rink (not a municipal rink) is also open and usually has excellent ice: see their webcam. It's a good place to check ice conditions.

Dec.24: At 1.30 p.m., most rinks are listed as closed due to the warm, sunny weather. No direct rink phone numbers are available to get more details. But 311 says the Greenwood covered hockey pad is open, as is Ryerson Rink (protected from the sun by tall buildings) and Jimmie Simpson (protected from the sun by the railway embankment). Even Harbourfront's Natrel Rink shows no skaters: see their webcam.

Harbourfront's (not a municipal rink) is a good place to check ice conditions:

Why compressor-cooled rinks can keep their ice well at this time of year, even when it's warm: here.

Dec.23 5 pm: Outdoor Rink Status Alerts: Broadlands CC outdoor rink is closed due to ice conditions. Dieppe Park outdoor rink hockey side is closed for maintenance. Leisure side is open. The hockey side of the High Park outdoor rink is closed until the ice firms up. Irving W Chapley outdoor rink is closed due to ice conditions. Kew Gardens outdoor rink is open, but washroom and change facilities are closed for maintenance. Mel Lastman Square Rink is closed due to weather conditions. Monarch Park Rink is closed due to ice conditions. Prince of Wales outdoor rink is closed due to ice conditions. Queensway Rink is closed. Regent Park South Rink is closed due to ice conditions. Sir Adam Beck outdoor rink is closed due to ice conditions. West Mall outdoor rink - The leisure side is closed, the hockey side is open.

Dec.23: At 2 p.m., the city's website says that Mel Lastman, Kew, and Dieppe rinks are closed due to weather. The pleasure-skating side at West Mall Rink is also listed as closed, again. ALL OTHER RINKS ARE LISTED AS OPEN. No direct rink phone numbers are available to get more details.

Dec.23: At 11 a.m., the city's website says that Mel Lastman and Dieppe rinks are closed due to weather. The pleasure-skating side at West Mall Rink is also listed as closed, again.

Dec.22: At 3 p.m., the city's website says that three rinks in North Toronto are closed: Mel Lastman, Broadlands and Irving Chapley. Some rinks citywide will form a thin layer of water over the ice (harmless to skaters) while it's 13 celsius and the sun is out. No direct rink phone numbers are available to get more details.

Dec.22, 2015: At 11.30 a.m., the city's website says that Mel Lastman Rink is closed because of the weather. Perhaps the weather is different there, or maybe the zamboni shift didn't show up. ALL OTHER RINKS ARE LISTED AS OPEN. No direct rink phone numbers are available to get more details.

Dec.21, 2015: At 4.30, the city's website says that Broadlands and Irving Chapley rinks are closed because of the weather. (North Toronto rinks are closed at the drop of a hat.) ALL OTHER RINKS ARE LISTED AS OPEN. No direct rink phone numbers are available to get more details.

Dec.20, 2015: The city's website says that Rennie and West Mall pleasure-skating pads are finally open for the season, Prince of Wales Rink too. No direct rink phone numbers are available to get more details.

Dec. 19 (all day): At 10.30 a.m., the city's website says that Rennie and West Mall pleasure-skating pads are finally open for the season, Prince of Wales Rink too. No direct rink phone numbers are available to get more details.

Dec.18 evening: the city's website says that 3 rinks, or parts of rinks, are closed. Click on individual rinks in the closure list to read the reason. No direct rink phone numbers are available to get more details.

Dec.18: At 4 pm, the city's website says 10 rinks, or parts of rinks, are closed.

Dec.17 afternoon: Outdoor Rink Status Alerts: Broadlands CC, Buttonwood Rink, Cedarvale Rink, Giovanni Caboto, Glen Long CC, High Park Rink [power cut], Humber Valley Rink, Irving W Chapley, Prince of Wales Rink, Rennie Park Rink, Rosedale Park Rink, Sir Adam Beck Rink, Summerlea Rink, West Mall Rink, Withrow Park Rink.

Dec.17 noon: Outdoor Rink Closures: Broadlands CC, Buttonwood Rink, Cedarvale Rink, Prince of Wales Rink, Rennie Park Rink, West Mall Rink (last two listed as pleasure closed)

Dec.16: 10 a.m. Outdoor Rink Closures: Broadlands Rink, Cedarvale Rink, Glen Long Rink, Humber Valley Rink, Irving W. Chapley Rink, Kew Gardens, Ledbury Park, Martingrove Rink, Monarch Park Rink, Prince of Wales Rink, Regent Park South Rink, Rennie Park Rink,Sir Adam Beck Rink, Summerlea Rink, Sunndydale Rink, West Mall Rink, Withrow Park Rink

12 noon: rinks closed: Broadlands Rink, High Park Rink, Kew Gardens, Monarch Park Rink, Prince of Wales Rink, Regent Park South Rink, Rennie Park Rink, Summerlea Rink, West Mall Rink, Withrow Park Rink

4 pm: Outdoor Rink Closures: Broadlands Rink, Glen Long Rink, Irving W. Chapley Rink, Kew Gardens, Ledbury Park, Monarch Park Rink, Prince of Wales Rink, Regent Park South Rink, Rennie Park Rink, Summerlea Rink,West Mall Rink, Withrow Park Rink

7.30 pm: Outdoor Rink Closures: Broadlands Rink, Glen Long Rink, Irving W. Chapley Rink, Kew Gardens, Ledbury Park, Monarch Park Rink, Prince of Wales Rink, Regent Park South Rink, Rennie Park Rink, Summerlea Rink, West Mall Rink, Withrow Park Rink

Dec. 15, 10 a.m.: city's website says 5 rinks are closed. Broadlands Rink, Prince of Wales Rink, Rennie Park Rink, Scarborough Civic Centre/Albert Campbell, West Mall Rink

posted December 14, 2015

The City of Toronto outdoor rink website lists 49 of its municipal outdoor rinks as open for the season. Two more (Queensway and Riverdale) are bare, awaiting reconstruction.

At 4.30 p.m., the city's website says 5 rinks are closed. This is partly wrong information, since West Mall and Rennie both have their hockey rinks running, but made no ice at all on their pleasure-skating rinks. No direct rink phone numbers are available to check conditions.

At 1.30 p.m., the city's website says 4 rinks are closed. This is partly wrong information, since West Mall and Rennie both have their hockey rinks running, but made no ice at all on their pleasure-skating rinks. No direct rink phone numbers are available to check conditions.

Dec.14: 1.30 rinks pm closed (website) Broadlands Rink, Kew Gardens Rink, Rennie Park Rink, West Mall Rink.

At 4.30 pm, the city's website says 4 rinks are closed. This information is still partly wrong. Prince of Wales is closed. Rennie and West Mall only have ice on their hockey sides. Queensway is awaiting reconstruction next year -- there is no ice surface there to close. No direct rink phone numbers are available to check conditions.

At 6 p.m., the city's website says 5 rinks are closed. This is partly wrong information: see photos below. No direct rink phone numbers are available to check conditions.

Dec.13: At 10 a.m. the website was changed from 13 to 6, but still including Queensway, Rennie and West Mall. Also Broadlands, Prince of Wales and Kew. At 1 pm, changed to 5 rinks (Broadlands gone)

Dec.13, 2015: The City of Toronto outdoor rink website lists 49 of its municipal outdoor rinks as open for the season. Two more (Queensway and Riverdale) are bare, awaiting reconstruction.

At 9.30 a.m., the city's website says 13 rinks are closed. This information is wrong. Most likely, the 49 rinks are open (note: at Rennie and West Mall only the hockey side is open). No direct rink phone numbers are available to check whether any other rinks are actually closed.

Dec.13, 2015: call to 311 at 10 a.m.: back to 13 rinks closed (original list from before i called 311 yesterday -- they had updated North York by 2 p.m.

posted December 12, 2015

The City of Toronto outdoor rink website lists 49 of its municipal outdoor rinks as open for the season. At 8.30 p.m., the city's website says 13 rinks are closed. This information is wrong. By 2 pm the city's 311 information line listed all the North York rinks as open. It appears that the Etobicoke Rinks and Kew Rink have not been updated on the website, nor to 311, all day. They are probably open as well. No direct rink phone numbers are available to check which rinks are really closed.

Dec.12: But at 4 p.m., the city's website says 13 rinks are closed, all of them except Kew in either Etobicoke or North York. Unless the weather is very different there than in central Toronto, this information is almost certainly wrong.

10 a.m. Dec. 12, 2015: Outdoor Rink Closures: Broadlands, Buttonwood, Glen Long, Irving W, Chapley, Kew Gardens, Mel Lastman Square, Prince of Wales, Queensway, Rennie, Rivercrest, Royalcrest, West Mall, Westgrove Rink. Same at 11.15, same at noon, same at 1.23.

Dec.12: 8 a.m. 20 rinks closed (same list as last night)

Dec.11: At 9 pm the city's website says 20 rinks are closed.

Dec.11 2015 At 4.30 pm the city's website says 23 rinks are closed. No direct rink phone numbers are available to check whether this is really so. An explanation of why compressor-cooled rinks can keep their ice easily at this time of year, even when it's warm, is here.

Outdoor Rink Closures 9 pm Dec.11 Broadlands Rink, Buttonwood Rink, Christie Pits Rink, Dieppe Park, Glen Long Rink, Irving W, Chapley, Joseph Bannon Park Rink, Kew Gardens, Martingrove Rink, Mel Lastman Square Rink, Monarch Park Rink, Prince of Wales Rink, Regent Park South Rink, Rivercrest Rink, Royalcrest Rink, Sir Adam Beck Rink, Sunndydale Rink, Westgrove Rink, Westway Rink, Withrow Park Rink.

posted December 11, 2015

The City of Toronto outdoor rink website says that 49 of its municipal outdoor rinks are now open for the season. The seasonal schedules are mostly accurate, but weather closings listed in the right-hand column are not always reliable. No direct rink phone numbers are available.

2015 - 2016 rink season site visits.

Harbourfront's Natrel Rink (not a municipal rink) is also open and usually has excellent ice: see their webcam. It's a good place to check ice conditions.

City web site 9.05 Dec.11: Kew Gardens Rink is closed due to ice conditions.

posted December 10, 2015

The City of Toronto outdoor rink website says that 49 of its municipal outdoor rinks are now open for the season. The seasonal schedules are mostly accurate, but weather closings listed in the right-hand column are not reliable (only refreshed twice a day), and likely to be wrong in the evening and in the morning. No direct phone numbers are available.

posted December 7, 2015

The City of Toronto outdoor rink website says that 50 of its municipal outdoor rinks are now open for the season.

Last year there were 52, but this year Regent Park North has finally been permanently closed, while Riverdale Rink will operate as a natural ice rink from January 20 (renovation planned).

2015 - 2016 rink season site visits.

posted November 29, 2015

The City of Toronto outdoor rink website says that 36 of the outdoor rinks opened yesterday. 14 others will open on Dec.5. See individual rink pages for more details.

Both city hall (Nathan Phillips) and Harbourfront's Natrel Rink have excellent ice. See Harbourfront's webcam. The rest of the rinks vary by region (see Dufferin Rink for a sample). Some have good ice, some have terrible ice, and none have signage. Our blog shows why rink opening day will always be a bit of a cliffhanger.

Sunday is the update day for this website to do citywide rink visits -- more information this evening.

posted November 27, 2015

The City of Toronto outdoor rink website says that 36 of the outdoor rinks will open on Nov.28. 14 others will open on Dec.5.

Both city hall (Nathan Phillips) and Harbourfront had plenty of ice already by Nov.23. The other 35 city rinks started much later. See our blog on how City of Toronto outdoor rink staff make ice. Unless something changes, the rink opening day will always be a bit of a cliffhanger.

At 9 pm, Harbourfront has someone skating very fast on what looks like excellent ice. See their webcam

None started their ice-making before Nov.24. In Etobicoke, there may have been some 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. ice-making shifts, because they had some thickness on Wednesday morning. Some downtown rinks were just starting to put water down on Wednesday evening, and it looked like the staff all went home at 11pm. So on Saturday, many rinks may not be open. The blame will probably be shifted onto the weather, or even onto global warming -- not substandard technique.

Warm weather in late November has not been unusual historically -- see our almost-70-year temperature chart. Even so, for many years, the City of Toronto's municipal outdoor ice rinks successfully opened mid-November, after four days of night floods (no longer the practice). They always closed on the closest Sunday to March 1, when outdoor ice is no longer practical because the sun gets too high.

LeFrak Ice Rink in Prospect Park NYC has been open since October 31.

Nov.16 2015

On October 20, 2015, the City of Toronto outdoor rink website posted its seasonal opening information. 36 of the outdoor rinks will open on Nov.28. The other 16 will open on Dec.5.

Harbourfront's Natrel Rink has postponed its opening day from Saturday Nov.14, (the day before the Santa Claus parade) to Saturday Nov.28. Too bad.

Warm weather in late November has not been unusual historically -- see our almost-70-year temperature chart. Even so, for many years, the City of Toronto's municipal outdoor ice rinks successfully opened mid-November, after four days of night floods (no longer the practice). They closed on the closest Sunday to March 1, when outdoor ice is no longer practical.

LeFrak Ice Rink in Prospect Park NYC is open (since October 31) and has skateable ice despite the warm weather. (Low sun in November, and this rink is covered, like Greenwood Rink here).

posted October 19, 2015

On October 19, 2015, the City of Toronto outdoor rink website still has no seasonal opening information.

However, Harbourfront's Natrel Rink is listed as opening on Saturday Nov.14, the same day as the Santa Claus parade (weather permitting).

posted March 23, 2015

All of Toronto's outdoor ice rinks are now closed until next season, starting again in November/December.

See our blog: Let's save some money - so that the city won't be out of money to open the rinks at the right time next season, when the sun is weak and we can have good ice at 12 degrees.

posted March 22, 2015

We sent a request to Mayor John Tory: "please ask your staff to close all the outdoor rinks except for City Hall and Greenwood, on Sunday March 15. That will save $67,500 from the operating budget (we're not counting the extra 12 rinks funded by Tim Horton's and MLSE)."

There was no response. On Friday March 20 the city closed 11 rinks, some city-funded and some donut-funded (see the city website). Today all of the rest will close.

See our blog: Let's save some money - so that the city won't be out of money to open the rinks at the right time next season, when the sun is weak and we can have good ice at 12 degrees.

posted March 20, 2015

We sent a request to Mayor John Tory: "please ask your staff to close all the outdoor rinks except for City Hall and Greenwood, on Sunday March 15. That will save $67,500 from the operating budget (we're not counting the extra 12 rinks funded by Tim Horton's and MLSE)."

There was no response. But today the city began closing some city-funded rinks and some donut-funded rinks (see the city website). Seven had been closed by noon, five more by 4 pm. At the rest, the compressors continue to fight the strong March sun, racking up extra-large fuel bills, with diminishing numbers of skaters, or none. Meantime, Harbourfront's Natrel Rink gave up on March 17 and closed for the season -- partly, we suspect, because so few people are going skating even when the ice is okay.

See our blog: Let's save some money - so that the city won't be out of money to open the rinks at the right time next season, when the sun is weak and we can have good ice at 12 degrees.

posted March 20, 2015 (earlier, i.e. before 4)

We sent a request to Mayor John Tory: "please ask your staff to close all the outdoor rinks except for City Hall and Greenwood, on Sunday March 15. That will save $67,500 from the operating budget (we're not counting the extra 12 rinks funded by Tim Horton's and MLSE)."

There was no response. But today the city has closed four of the city-funded rinks and three of the donut-funded rinks (see the city website). At the rest, the compressors continue to fight the strong March sun, racking up extra-large fuel bills, with diminishing numbers of skaters. Meantime, Harbourfront's Natrel Rink gave up on March 17 and closed for the season -- partly, we suspect, because so few people are going skating even when the ice is okay.

See our blog: Let's save some money - so that the city won't be out of money to open the rinks at the right time next season, when the sun is weak and we can have good ice at 12 degrees.

posted March 19, 2015

We sent a request to Mayor John Tory: "please ask your staff to close all the outdoor rinks except for City Hall and Greenwood, on Sunday March 15. That will save $67,500 from the operating budget (we're not counting the extra 12 rinks funded by Tim Horton's and MLSE)."

But there was no response, and so the compressors continue to fight the strong March sun, racking up extra-large fuel bills, with diminishing numbers of skaters. Meantime, Harbourfront's Natrel Rink gave up on March 17 and closed for the season -- partly, we suspect, because so few people are going skating even when the ice is okay.

See our blog: Let's save some money - so that the city won't be out of money to open the rinks at the right time next season, when the sun is weak and we can have good ice at 12 degrees.

March 17: To see how outdoor ice conditions are under the best possible conditions: Harbourfront's (non-municipal) Natrel Rink webcam. At 9.45, there are 0 skaters, 1 celsius; at 3.30, 5 skaters, 2 celsius; at 4.45, 0 skaters, 2 celsius. Rink closed for the season.

March 16 2015: To see how outdoor ice conditions are under the best possible conditions: Harbourfront's (non-municipal) Natrel Rink webcam. At 11 a.m. the webcam shows two skaters, at 12.30, 3. At 1.30, 15; at 2.30, 15. At 5 pm: 9 skaters (temp went up slowly from 1 to 12, but overcast). At 8.30: 0 skaters.

posted March 15, 2015

Mayor John Tory, please ask your staff to close all the outdoor rinks except for City Hall and Greenwood, on Sunday March 15. That will save $67,500 from the operating budget, on the other 15 city-funded rinks scheduled to stay open to the end of March break - with very bad ice. (We're not counting the extra 12 rinks funded by Tim Horton's and MLSE).

See our blog: Let's save some money - so the city won't be out of money to open the rinks at the right time next season, when the sun is weak and we can have good ice at 12 degrees.

To see how outdoor ice conditions are under the best possible conditions: Harbourfront's (non-municipal) Natrel Rink webcam.

posted March 13, 2015

29 outdoor rinks are scheduled to stay open much too long (to March 22) -- a waste of fuel. Greenwood and City Hall rinks have sun protection, but the rest are not in good shape.

If this was weak-sun November, the temperature could go up to 12 and the rinks would be fine. But in March, the sun is too high (see photos below). Toronto skaters are staying away from these poor-quality rinks -- attendance is very low. Mayor John Tory needs to brush up on his basic rink literacy.

How long before the city shuts the rinks down for the season? Even when it's around freezing temperatures, there will be mushy ice and the compressors will struggle.

posted March 12, 2015

29 outdoor rinks are scheduled to stay open much too long (to March 22). Today it's barely above freezing, but full sun. Greenwood and City Hall rinks have sun protection, but the rest are not in good shape.

posted March 11, 2015

29 outdoor rinks are scheduled to stay open much too long (to March 22). At 9 pm on March 11, most rinks are still closed -- not fully refrozen from the day's sunshine.

How long before the city shuts the rinks down for the season? Even if it were cold -- and this week it's anything but -- there would have been mushy ice and the compressors would have struggled -- a waste of fuel. By mid-March, the sun is too high (see photos below). Toronto skaters (and Mayor Tory) need to brush up on their basic rink literacy.

posted March 11, 2015

29 outdoor rinks are scheduled to stay open much too long (to March 22). At 3 pm, at 7 celsius and sunshine, 311 lists only only City Hall and Greenwood as open.

How long before the city shuts the rinks down for the season? Even if it were cold -- and this week it's anything but -- there would have been mushy ice and the compressors would have struggled -- a waste of fuel. By mid-March, the sun is too high (see photos below). Toronto skaters (and the mayor) need to brush up on their basic rink literacy.

You can see for yourself how outdoor ice conditions are under the best possible conditions, by looking at Harbourfront's (non-municipal) Natrel Rink webcam. At 3 pm it's closed.

posted March 10, 2015

29 outdoor rinks are scheduled to stay open much too long (to March 22). Today it never went higher than 4, and there was no sun, so the rinks got a reprieve. But very few skaters came. How long before the city shuts the rinks down?

Even if it were cold -- and this week it's anything but -- there would have been mushy ice and the compressors would have struggled -- a waste of fuel. By mid-March, the sun is too high (see photos below). Toronto skaters (and city councillors) need to brush up on their basic rink literacy.

posted March 7, 2015

23 of the City's 52 compressor-cooled outdoor rinks closed Feb.22 -- too soon this year. But the other 29 are staying open too long. And seeking corporate bailouts to keep 29 rinks open well into the high-sun season (to March 22) is NOT the answer: see our blog.

Even if it's cold, there will be mushy ice and the compressors will struggle -- by mid-March, the sun is too high (see photo below).

You can see for yourself how outdoor ice conditions are, by looking at Harbourfront's (non-municipal) Natrel Rink webcam.

posted February 28, 2015

23 of the City's 52 compressor-cooled outdoor rinks closed Feb.22. Feb. 22 is too short of a season -- it's the earliest the compressor-cooled rinks have closed in years. But the other 29 are staying open too long. And seeking corporate bailouts to keep 29 rinks open well into the high-sun season (to March 22) is NOT the answer: see our blog.

Even if it's cold, there will be mushy ice and the compressors will struggle -- by mid-March, the sun is too high (see photo below).

Meantime, for the end of February we also still have all of the neighbourhood natural ice rinks (we only list some of them). They have excellent ice -- no wonder, with all the cold.

You can see for yourself how outdoor ice conditions are, by looking at Harbourfront's (non-municipal) Natrel Rink webcam.

posted February 25, 2015

23 of the City's 52 compressor-cooled outdoor rinks closed Feb.22. The other 29 are staying open too long. Feb. 22 is too short of a season -- it's the earliest the compressor-cooled rinks have closed in years. But seeking corporate bailouts to keep the other 29 rinks open well into the high-sun season (to March 22) is NOT the answer: see our blog.

Even if it's cold there will be mushy ice and the compressors will struggle -- by mid-March, the sun is too high (see photo below).

Meantime, for the end of February we still have all of the neighbourhood natural ice rinks (we only list some of them). They have excellent ice -- no wonder, with all the cold.

You can see for yourself how outdoor ice conditions are, by looking at Harbourfront's (non-municipal) Natrel Rink webcam.

posted February 21, 2015

35 of the City's 52 compressor-cooled outdoor rinks were set to close this weekend, according to the city's outdoor rinks web page. Too short of a season: this is the earliest the compressor-cooled rinks have closed in years. But corporate bailouts are NOT the answer: see our blog.

The 35 rinks are closing so early in order to cover the cost of 17 city rinks staying open until March 22 -- but this is too long and a waste of money. Even if it's cold there will be mushy ice and the compressors will struggle -- by mid-March, the sun is too high (see photo below).

Meantime, for the end of February we still have all of the neighbourhood natural ice rinks (we only list some of them). They have excellent ice -- no wonder, with all the cold.

You can see for yourself how outdoor ice conditions are, by looking at Harbourfront's (non-municipal) Natrel Rink webcam.

posted February 17, 2015

All of the neighbourhood natural ice rinks (we only list some of them) have excellent ice -- no wonder, with all the cold. All of the 54 compressor-cooled outdoor rinks (municipal and non-municipal) are open. The cold kept many skaters away over the weekend -- not all, though....see the photo below.

You can see for yourself how outdoor ice conditions are, by looking at Harbourfront's (non-municipal) Natrel Rink webcam.

February blog editorial about the joy of skating on Grenadier Pond.

posted February 16, 2015

Most of the neighbourhood natural ice rinks (we only list some of them) have excellent ice. All of the 54 compressor-cooled outdoor rinks (municipal and non-municipal) are open. But the cold (still at -14 at 4 pm on Family Day) is keeping many skaters away. Not all, though....see the photo below.

You can see for yourself how outdoor ice conditions are, by looking at Harbourfront's (non-municipal) Natrel Rink webcam. Despite the cold, there are lots of skaters.

February blog editorial about the joy of skating on Grenadier Pond.

posted February 15, 2015

Most of the neighbourhood natural ice rinks (we only list some of them) have excellent ice. All of the 54 compressor-cooled outdoor rinks (municipal and non-municipal) are open. But the cold (never above -20 today) is keeping most skaters away. Not all, though....see the photo below.

You can see for yourself how outdoor ice conditions are, by looking at Harbourfront's (non-municipal) Natrel Rink webcam.

February blog editorial about the joy of skating on Grenadier Pond.

posted February 8, 2015

Most of the neighbourhood natural ice rinks (we only list some of them) have excellent ice. All of the 54 compressor-cooled outdoor rinks (municipal and non-municipal) are open. But all may be hampered by snow this weekend.

You can see for yourself how outdoor ice conditions are, by looking at Harbourfront's (non-municipal) Natrel Rink webcam.

February blog editorial about the joy of skating on Grenadier Pond.

posted February 2, 2015

[Evening] Most of the neighbourhood natural ice rinks (we only list some of them) were closed for hand-shovelling, but with excellent ice underneath. All of the 54 compressor-cooled outdoor rinks (municipal and non-municipal) were closed until afternoon to await snow clearance with ploughs and zambonis. But by evening, pretty well all the rinks were cleared. An exception is Grenadier Pond -- who can clear a huge surface like that? But the pond's trails and mini-rinks may gave been restarted already.

You can see for yourself how outdoor ice conditions are, by looking at Harbourfront's (non-municipal) Natrel Rink webcam.

posted February 2, 2015

When it hasn't been snowing like this, most of the neighbourhood natural ice rinks (we only list some of them) are up and running, with excellent ice. All of the 54 compressor-cooled outdoor rinks (municipal and non-municipal) are open -- when it's not snowing like this. But today, the snow is piled up on the rinks and everywhere else. Skaters, you'd better wait until the snowing stops and the zambonis, or -- in the case of natural ice rinks, the snow shovellers -- do their work.

You can see for yourself how outdoor ice conditions are, by looking at Harbourfront's (non-municipal) Natrel Rink webcam.

posted February 1, 2015

EveningWhen it's not snowing like this, most of the neighbourhood natural ice rinks (we only list some of them) are up and running, with excellent ice. All of the 54 compressor-cooled outdoor rinks (municipal and non-municipal) are open when it's not snowing like this. But tonight, the snow is blowing sideways on the rinks and everywhere else -- better to stay inside in a warm place and wait until the zambonis come around tomorrow.

You can see for yourself how outdoor ice conditions are, by looking at Harbourfront's (non-municipal) Natrel Rink webcam.

posted February 1, 2015

Most of the neighbourhood natural ice rinks (we only list some of them) are up and running, with excellent ice. All of the 54 compressor-cooled outdoor rinks (municipal and non-municipal) are open -- but with Riverdale running as a natural ice rink. Grenadier Pond has caught the public imagination and eight new items have appeared in the news.

You can see for yourself how outdoor ice conditions are, by looking at Harbourfront's (non-municipal) Natrel Rink webcam.

January blog editorial: holiday rink math.

posted January 25, 2015

Most of the neighbourhood natural ice rinks (we only list some of them) have been up and running, with excellent ice, for two weeks. All of the 54 compressor-cooled outdoor rinks (municipal and non-municipal) are open (with Riverdale running as a natural ice rink). Grenadier Pond has 12 inches of smooth ice under a very thin layer of snow.

You can see for yourself how outdoor ice conditions are on the "gold-standard" Harbourfront (non-municipal) Natrel Rink's webcam.

posted January 24, 2015 (morning)

Most of the neighbourhood natural ice rinks (we only list some of them) have been up and running, with excellent ice, for two weeks. All of the 54 compressor-cooled outdoor rinks (municipal and non-municipal) are open (with Riverdale running as a natural ice rink). Grenadier Pond has 12 inches of smooth ice, no snow.

Saturday night is the weekly DJ skate party at Harbourfront's Natrel Rink -- tonight is "Motown Party." Have a look at their webcam.

posted January 23, 2015

Most of the neighbourhood natural ice rinks (we only list some of them) have been up and running, with excellent ice, since early last week. 53 of the 54 compressor-cooled outdoor rinks (municipal and non-municipal) are open. Riverdale Rink has shut down its refrigeration plant for the season (story on the Riverdale web page), but they are continuing zamboni maintenance and normal building access as long as the ice holds.

You can see for yourself how outdoor ice conditions are on the "gold-standard" Harbourfront (non-municipal) Natrel Rink's webcam.

January blog editorial: holiday rink math.

posted January 20, 2015

The natural ice rinks (we only list some of them) have been up and running since early last week. This means that there is plenty of good skating all across the city on the natural rinks and on the 54 compressor-cooled outdoor rinks (municipal and non-municipal). The natural ice rinks stood up well under the short warmer, rainy spell -- in fact some rink friends say the ice is even smoother now.

You can see for yourself how outdoor ice conditions are on the "gold-standard" Harbourfront (non-municipal) Natrel Rink's webcam.

January blog editorial: holiday rink math.

posted January 17, 2015

The natural ice rinks (we only list some of them) have been up and running since early this week. This means that there is plenty of good skating all across the city on the natural rinks and on the 54 compressor-cooled outdoor rinks (municipal and non-municipal). And Grenadier Pond is a mile of thick, smooth ice with not much snow.

You can see for yourself how outdoor ice conditions are on the "gold-standard" Harbourfront (non-municipal) Natrel Rink's webcam.

January blog editorial: holiday rink math.


The natural ice rinks (we only list some of them) have been up and running since early this week. This means that there is plenty of good skating all across the city on the natural rinks and on the 54 compressor-cooled outdoor rinks (municipal and non-municipal) -- and plenty of wintertime neighborliness, at those rinks that have a social dimension.

You can see for yourself how outdoor ice conditions are on the "gold-standard" Harbourfront (non-municipal) Natrel Rink's webcam.

January blog editorial: holiday rink math.

posted January 11, 2015

The city's rink information website has changed its format so that there are no more OPEN or CLOSED listings, only links to individual rink schedules. All rink condition reports are redirected to 311. This will solve the problem of wrong information on the website -- but will it fix the amount of wrong information at 311?

You can see for yourself how outdoor ice conditions are on Harbourfront's (non-municipal) Natrel Rink webcam.

New January blog editorial: holiday rink math.

posted January 9, 2015

The city's rink information website/311 has all 52 city rinks marked as OPEN. It will take a little while to get the snow off all the rinks, and pucks won't move well until the zamboni has been through. You can see for yourself how outdoor ice conditions are on Harbourfront's (non-municipal) Natrel Rink webcam.

New January blog editorial: holiday rink math.

Environment Canada warns winter sports enthusiasts that they are at risk from the cold. Canadians from Western Canada say Torontonians are wimps. Nobody will be able to say that when they see our local heroes starting to flood the natural ice rinks this week.

Some of Toronto's 52 compressor-cooled outdoor rinks are bare-bones sports-facilities, but some are also important wintertime social spaces for their neighbourhoods. All of the shorter-season natural ice rinks are social-gathering spaces as well.

posted January 3, 2015

The city's rink information website/311 has all 52 city rinks marked as OPEN. Regent South had it's re-opening ceremony today.

New January blog posting: holiday rink math.

The weather forecast is unfavourable for skating later today. You can see for yourself how conditions are on Harbourfront's Natrel Rink webcam.

posted January 1, 2015

The city's rink information website/311 has all 52 city rinks marked as OPEN except Regent South. This means their ice surfaces are unlocked, but only some had access to change rooms/washrooms. By 6 pm even most of the rinks which had such access have closed the buildings.

Rinks that are fully open (i.e. including changerooms/washrooms) after 6pm on New Year's Day: Nathan Phillips Square (until 10 pm), Dufferin (until 9 pm), and Wallace. Harbourfront's Natrel Rink is open until 9 pm. You can see for yourself how skating is going there: webcam.

Jan 1 2015 The city's rink information website/311 has all 52 city rinks marked as OPEN except Regent South. This means their ice surfaces are unlocked, but many of the rink buildings are listed as closed.

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 fully open (i.e. including changerooms/washrooms) on New Year's Day: Nathan Phillips Square (note: Mayor's skating party 2 until 3.30), Dufferin, Campbell, Wallace, and Ramsden rinks, and most rinks in the administrative district of Etobicoke (that includes High Park and Rennie rinks). Also (non-municipal) Harbourfront's Natrel Rink.

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).

Friday Dec.28, 10 am: the city's website (see website snapshot) still lists many rinks (including City Hall) as closed because of Wednesday night's snowfall. This is very inaccurate. Who is posting the city's information?

The city's website also says that many rinks will be closed on New Year's Day. Some rinks have contradictory information, so what follows is our best guess. As of 3 p.m. Dec.25, the rinks listed to be open on New Year's Day (including change rooms and washrooms) are Nathan Phillips Square, Wallace, Campbell, Harry Gairey, Dufferin (also open until midnight New Year's Eve), and Cedarvale. And -- of course -- Harbourfront's Natrel Rink is open regular hours every day including New Year's Day.

Sherbourne Common is listed to be open but its change room is permanently closed, and the wind is very bitter there, so very few people use the rink.

Dec.27 6 pm: the city's website (see website snapshot) still lists many rinks as closed because of last night's snowfall. This information is puzzling. Nathan Phillips Rink, for example, is listed as "closed, snow removal underway," when rink users are saying it's been open and full of people much of the day. The same is true for Dufferin, Wallace and Harry Gaire Rinks -- open most of the day already, but still listed as "closed." Riverdale had opened by 5pm, as did the the shinny pad at Hodgson and Campbell by the evening. Who is posting the city's information?

The city's website also says that many rinks will be closed on New Year's Day. Some rinks have contradictory information, so what follows is our best guess. As of 3 p.m. Dec.25, the rinks listed to be open on New Year's Day (including change rooms and washrooms) are Nathan Phillips Square, Wallace, Campbell, Harry Gairey, Dufferin (also open until midnight New Year's Eve), and Cedarvale. And -- of course -- Harbourfront's Natrel Rink is open regular hours every day including New Year's Day.

Sherbourne Common is listed to be open but its change room is permanently closed, and the wind is very bitter there, so very few people use the rink.

posted December 27, 2012

At 2:30 - there's still no new updates. At noon - Mel lastman, Rennie and Westway are listed as open. Rink user reports also say that Dufferin, Wallace, and Harry Gairey are open - even they are not on the the city's website. The rest of the rinks are listed as "Closed until further notice - snow covered.

Holiday hours for the city's outdoor rinks are a puzzle this year. The city's website says that many rinks will be closed on New Year's Day. Some rinks have contradictory information, so what follows is our best guess. As of 3 p.m. Dec.25, the rinks listed to be open on New Year's Day (including change rooms and washrooms) are Nathan Phillips Square, Wallace, Campbell, Harry Gairey, Dufferin (open until midnight), and Cedarvale. And -- of course -- Harbourfront's Natrel Rink is open during all its regular hours.

Sherbourne Common is listed to be open but its change room is permanently closed, and the wind is very bitter there, so very few people use the rink.

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