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The councillors we contacted were:
Councillor Grimes (Colonel_Sam Smith, Prince of Wales, Sir Adam Beck), Palacio (Giovanni Caboto), Filion (Mel Lastman), Colle (Glen Long), Carmichael-Greb (North Toronto, Ledbury, Otter Creek), Minnan-Wong (Broadlands), Crawford (McGowan), Cressy (Harry Gairey), Wong-Tam (Ryerson), Fletcher (Greenwood), Layton (Christie), Fragedakis (Dieppe), McMahon (Kew), Doucette (High Park), Pasternak (Irving Chapley), and Ford (Sunnydale).
Also a copy was sent to Councillor Holyday.
A number of factors contributed to the decision to not move forward with a skate lending program at this time. A lack of interest on the part of city staff was not one of them.
The uncertainty and lack of clarity around when a firm decision would be made by CELOS on whether or not the donation would be finalized also contributed to the decision to step down.
Councillor Grimes has brought your proposal to the attention of Recreation staff for ward 6. They will review the program and will be in touch with you directly if are interested in pursuing it.
-- from CELOS:
thanks for your quick reply. From your note, I will assume that if I hear no more from you, that means city Rec staff are not interested in pursuing skate lending at Colonel Sam, Sir Adam Beck, or Prince of Wales outdoor rinks.
...we do not have the resources, amenities and set-up that Dufferin Grove has that helped to make the program a success. I believe that Rec staff have provided you with a list of the ways in which this could work. I have no doubts that the service would be used, but the rink guards are not trained or hired to run this program.
Is this still an option for this year? (and then some phone tag).
It is not clear if this was intended for myself or for Councillor Bailao in Ward 18. If it is intended for ward 23, I would like to know what you had in mind, I would imagine, for Mel Lastman Square.
-- From CELOS:
Ward 18 has had skate lending at three city outdoor rinks for many years, as my letter says, done by city skate guards and building attendants. Our offer of the additional skate lending collection is for an outdoor rink in another ward -- in Ward 23 it would be Mel Lastman rink. You certainly have the space, but your existing staff would need to be trained internally by Rec (we can help). Over the 13 years we've been running the non-city outdoor-rinks website, we have received many emails asking if Mel Lastman offers skate lending.
The councilor called and said they had forwarded the email to staff and were waiting to hear back.
His assistant called and we went over what was said at the meeting we had, what was on offer, and the fact that Ward 18 rink staff have successfully run three skate lending programs for years, one for 14 years. The assistant said he would follow up again.
I have reached out to the Parks and Recreation staff at Glen Long Park and am waiting to hear whether this is something they could take on.
I will let you know as soon as I hear back.