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Sunday March 19, 2017

At 10.30 a.m, the city's web page lists 3 of the 36 operating rinks as closed, Dieppe as half open, and Cedarvale with a mystery message. All city rinks are closing for the season this evening. March is a challenging time for outdoor rinks unless they're shaded by tall buildings. Find out here why you can't call the rinks directly to get up-to-the-minute information.

Closed: Royalcrest, Valleyfield and Withrow.

Weather at 10 a.m.: 1 celsius, cloudy. 1 p.m. 4 celsius, sunny.

At 1 p.m. the city's web page lists 3 of the 36 operating rinks as closed, Dieppe as half open, and Cedarvale with a mystery message. That message is unchanged from this morning. All city rinks are closing for the season this evening. March is a challenging time for outdoor rinks unless they're shaded by tall buildings. Find out here why you can't call the rinks directly to get up-to-the-minute information.

1.15 add High Park as closed.

At 2.30 p.m. the city's web page lists all Etobicoke outdoor rinks as closed. Dieppe rink is listed as half open, and Cedarvale has a mystery message. North Toronto "closed for the season."

3.30 p.m. add Glen Long, Irving Chapley, Mel Lastman, Ramsden, Withrow.

At 3.30 p.m. the city's web page lists all Etobicoke outdoor rinks as closed. 19 rinks are still listed as open, but most don't have good ice. All city rinks are closing for the season this evening. March is a challenging time for outdoor rinks unless they're shaded by tall buildings. Find out here why you can't call the rinks directly to get up-to-the-minute information.

The rink at Mississauga City Hall has a webcam. If you're wondering about ice conditions at a rink with good shade and frequent resurfacing, this link is a good place to look for yourself.

Saturday March 18, 2017

At 9 a.m. the city's web page lists 29 of the 36 operating rinks as closed. The rest of the rinks are probably not doing well either. March is a challenging time for outdoor rinks unless they're shaded by tall buildings. Find out here why you can't call the rinks directly to get up-to-the-minute information.

9.30 a.m. closed: Harry Gairey, Cedarvale, Christie, Dufferin, JJP, Glen Long, North Toronto, Otter Creek, Ramsden, Rosedale, Royalcrest, Sir Adam Beck, Sunnydale, Trinity, Sherbourne, Valleyfield, Westway, Withrow.

noon: rinks listed as closed: Glen Long, North Toronto, Royalcrest, Sir Adam Beck, Valleyfield, Withrow. Service alert: Dieppe (pleasure side closed), Cedarvale. Same at 4 p.m., never updated after that.

Weather at 9 a.m.: 2 celsius, wet snow. Noon: 1 celsius, light snow mixed with rain.

Friday March 17, 2017

At 8 a.m. the city's web page lists 24 of the 36 operating rinks as open. March is a challenging time for outdoor rinks unless they're shaded by tall buildings. Find out here why you can't call the rinks directly to get up-to-the-minute information.

Closed rinks: Broadlands, JJP, Glen Long, High Park,Irving Chapley, Rennie, Royalcrest, Sir Adam Beck, Sunnydale, Valleyfield, Martingrove, Westway.

Weather at 8 a.m.: minus 5 celsius, sunny. 2 p.m. plus 5, sunny. 6 p.m. 4 celsius, low sun.

At 9.30 a.m. the city's web page lists 25 of the 36 operating rinks as open, But Dieppe's pleasure-skating pad is closed because of being "down to cement" in places. High Park marked as open again.

1.30 p.m.: closed: Broadlands, JJP, North Toronto, Rennie, Royalcrest, Sir Adam Beck, Sunnydale, Martingrove, Valleyfield, Westway, Withrow.

2 p.m.: closed: Broadlands, Colonel Sam Smith, JJP, High Park, Irving Chapley, North Toronto, Rennie, Royalcrest, Sir Adam Beck, Sunnydale, Martingrove, Valleyfield, West Mall, Westway, Withrow.

At 3 pm, add Cedarvale, Christie, Dieppe, Hodgson, Monarch, Ramsden, Sherbourne, Trinity, Dufferin.

At 6 p.m. the only rinks listed as open are Greenwood, Mel Lastman (really?) Nathan Philips,Scarborough Civic, Pleasantview, Kew, and Ledbury.

Thursday March 16, 2017

The city's web page lists all 36 operating rinks as open. March is a challenging time for outdoor rinks unless they're shaded by tall buildings. Find out here why you can't call the rinks directly to get up-to-the-minute information.

At 5 p.m. the city's web page lists many of the 36 operating rinks as CLOSED, and the ones listed as open are not doing well unless they're in shade. March is a challenging time for outdoor rinks unless they're shaded by tall buildings. Find out here why you can't call the rinks directly to get up-to-the-minute information.

Weather at 10 a.m.: minus 4 celsius, sunny. At 5 p.m.: 1 celsius. Same at 9 p.m.

Webcam skater count for Mississauga: 10.40 a.m. 11 skaters plus 1 rink guard. 11.40: 6 skaters plus 1 rink guard. 9.40 p.m. even more pylons up, about 25 skaters and 4 rink guards.

At 9 p.m. the city's web page lists only 16 of the 36 operating rinks as open. It only got up to 2 celsius today, but March is a challenging time for outdoor rinks unless they're shaded by tall buildings. Find out here why you can't call the rinks directly to get up-to-the-minute information.

Wednesday March 15, 2017

At 10.30 a.m. the city's web page lists all 36 operating rinks as open. March is a challenging time for outdoor rinks unless they're shaded by tall buildings. Find out here why you can't call the rinks directly to get up-to-the-minute information.

Weather at 10 a.m.: minus 8 celsius, drifting snow

Webcam skater count for Mississauga: 10.45 a.m. 3 skaters plus 1 rink guard. 12.40 p.m. 6 skaters plus 2 rink guards. Later on a daycare (maybe 20 - 30).

Tuesday March 14 2017

At 10 a.m. The city's web page lists all 36 operating rinks as open. March is a challenging time for outdoor rinks unless they're shaded by tall buildings. Find out here why you can't call the rinks directly to get up-to-the-minute information.

Weather at 10 a.m.: minus 11 celsius, light snow. 2 p.m. minus 10, 5 p.m. minus 9, no snow.

Webcam skater count for Mississauga: 10.30 a.m. 0 skaters, two rink guards chatting at the rink's east side. 11.30 a.m. still 0 skaters, two rink guards chatting at the rink's south side, 2.30 p.m., 5 skaters, two rink guards. 5 p.m. 2 skaters, one rink guard. 6.30: 12 skaters, 1 rink guard. 9.30 p.m. 0 skaters.

Monday March 13, 2017

The city's web page lists 35 of the 36 operating rinks as open. The exception: Scarborough Civic is listed as closed for soft ice since Feb.28. Really??

After a phone call to the councillor's office, the civic rink posting was changed at noon, to open.

Weather at 6.30 p.m.: minus 8 celsius, light snow. 9 p.m. minus 10, cloudy.

Webcam skater count for Mississauga: 6.45 p.m.: 5 skaters plus 1 rink guard.

The city's web page lists all 36 operating rinks as open. Finally, after two weeks of (erroneously?) being listed as closed, Scarborough Civic is listed as open again. Find out here why you can't call the rinks directly to get up-to-the-minute information. Harbourfront's Natrel Rink has closed for the season.

Mississauga City Hall has a webcam. If you're wondering about ice conditions, this link is a good place to look for yourself. At 9 p.m. there are 3 skaters plus one rink guard.

Sunday March 12,2017

At 9.30 a.m., the city's web page lists 35 of the 36 operating rinks as open. The exception: Scarborough Civic is listed as closed for soft ice since Feb.28. That is silly -- current temperature is minus 13 celsius. Find out here why you can't call the rinks directly to get up-to-the-minute information.

Weather at 9 a.m.: minus 13 celsius, mainly sunny. 3 p.m. minus 5 celsius, sun and cloud.

Webcam skater count for Mississauga:

9.30 a.m. 0. Then throughout the day about 30 people at a time.

Same info as 9.30 a.m. all day.

Saturday March 11, 2017

At 8 a.m. the city's web page lists 34 of the 36 operating rinks as open. Exceptions: Dieppe rink is listed as only open on the hockey side, and Scarborough Civic is listed as closed for soft ice since Feb.28. That is silly -- current temperature is minus 13 celsius.

At 9.30 a.m. the city's web page lists 35 of the 36 operating rinks as open. The exception: Scarborough Civic is listed as closed for soft ice since Feb.28. That is silly -- current temperature is minus 12 celsius.

Same at noon. Temp is minus 7, mostly cloudy.

At 6.30 p.m., the city's web page lists 35 of the 36 operating rinks as open. The exception: Scarborough Civic is listed as closed for soft ice since Feb.28. That is silly -- current temperature is minus 8 celsius. Find out here why you can't call the rinks directly to get up-to-the-minute information. Harbourfront's Natrel Rink has closed for the season.

Mississauga City Hall has a webcam. If you're wondering about ice conditions, this link is a good place to look for yourself. At 9.30 p.m. there are 7 skaters, two of whom are rink guards.

Friday March 10, 2017

At 9 a.m. the city's web page lists 8 of the currently functioning 36 rinks as CLOSED despite the cold: minus 5 celsius.

Weather at 9 a.m.: minus 5 celsius, mainly cloudy

At 10.30 a.m. the city's web page lists 6 of the currently functioning 36 rinks as CLOSED despite the cold: minus 6 celsius. Closed: Royalcrest, Sir Adam Beck, Sunnydale, Martingrove, Scarborough Civic, plus a service alert for Broadlands (same service alert for the third day: "Ruff ice behind net. Making repairs.").

At 2 p.m. the city's web page lists 6 of the 36 operating rinks as CLOSED despite the cold (currently minus 6 celsius).

At 3.30 p.m. the city's web page still lists 6 of the 36 operating rinks as CLOSED despite the cold (currently minus 7 celsius). (Martingrove now listed as open).

At 5.30 p.m. the city's web page still lists 4 of the 36 operating rinks as CLOSED and two with service alerts despite the cold (currently minus 9 celsius). Some of that information is probably out of date. Closed: Royalcrest, Sir Adam Beck, Sunnydale, Scarborough Civic. Service alerts: still Broadlands (same 3-day "ruff ice behind net" message), and now Dieppe: hockey pad open, pleasure side closed.

6.45: no updating of web site.

At 9 p.m. the city's web page still lists 4 of the 36 operating rinks as CLOSED and two with service alerts despite the cold (currently minus 10 celsius). That information is out of date. Find out here why you can't call the rinks directly to get up-to-the-minute information. Harbourfront's Natrel Rink has closed for the season.

Mississauga City Hall has a webcam. If you're wondering about ice conditions, this link is a good place to look for yourself. At 9 p.m. there is one skater -- a rink guard. Everybody else is either on a plane headed south for March Break, or staying indoors in case it's too cold.

Thursday March 9, 2017

Weather at 10 a.m.: 0 celsius, sun and cloud

At 10 a.m. the city's web page lists 5 Etobicoke rinks as closed, plus Ramsden Rink in central Toronto and Scarborough Civic Rink (which is still not updated from March 1). That leaves 29 outdoor rinks listed as open.

At 1.30 p.m. the city's web page lists 4 Etobicoke rinks as closed, plus Ramsden Rink in central Toronto and Scarborough Civic Rink (which is still not updated from March 1). That leaves 30 outdoor rinks listed as open. (Temp: 2 celsius)

At 6.30 p.m. the city's web page lists 23 of the currently functioning 36 rinks as OPEN. (Temp: 1 celsius)

End of the evening: 24 open.

Wednesday March 8, 2017

At 8 a.m. the city's web page lists all but 5 of the 36 functioning rinks as open. Exceptions: Glen Long, Ledbury, Mel Lastman, Scarborough Civic Rink, and Royalcrest. Find out here why you can't call the rinks directly to get up-to-the-minute information. Harbourfront's Natrel Rink has closed for the season.

Mississauga City Hall has a webcam. If you're wondering about ice conditions, this link is a good place to look for yourself.

Weather at 8 a.m.: 5 celsius, sunny

At 9 a.m. the city's web page lists all but 3 of the 36 functioning rinks as open. Exceptions: Mel Lastman, Scarborough Civic Rink, and Royalcrest. Find out here why you can't call the rinks directly to get up-to-the-minute information.

At 1 p.m. the city's web page lists 20 of the currently 36 functioning rinks as open. But the sun and the warm temperature means most outdoor rinks have a layer of water overtop of the ice. Find out here why you can't call the rinks directly to get up-to-the-minute information.

At 7 p.m. the city's web page lists 15 of the currently 36 functioning rinks as open. The March sun and the warm temperature means most outdoor rinks got a layer of water overtop of their thick ice.

At the end of the evening the city's web page lists 16 of the currently 36 functioning rinks as open.

Tuesday March 7, 2017

At 11 a.m. the city's web page lists the usual 6 North York rinks as closed, plus three more that appear to never have been updated (Scarborough Civic Rink, Royalcrest and Rosedale Rinks) Find out here why you can't call the rinks directly to get up-to-the-minute information.

Temperature at 11 a.m.: 11 celsius (cloudy, showers)

At 2 p.m. the city's web page lists the 7 North York rinks as closed, plus three more that appear to never have been updated (Scarborough Civic Rink, Royalcrest and Rosedale Rinks) Find out here why you can't call the rinks directly to get up-to-the-minute information.

At 6 p.m. the city's web page lists the 7 North York rinks as closed, plus Scarborough Civic Rink, Royalcrest, Sunnydale, and Rosedale Rinks. Find out here why you can't call the rinks directly to get up-to-the-minute information.

Monday March 6, 2017

At 8.30 a.m. the city's web page lists all but one of the city's 36 currently functioning outdoor rinks as OPEN. Scarborough Civic Rink is still listed as closed (from Feb.28) due to soft ice conditions, despite the run of cold weather. It looks like the staff are not updating the city's rink website. Find out here why you can't call the rink directly to get the right information.

Weather at 8 a.m.: 1 celsius, cloudy.

At 11.30 a.m. the city's web page lists all but one of the city's 36 currently functioning outdoor rinks as OPEN. Scarborough Civic Rink is still listed as closed (from Feb.28) due to soft ice conditions, despite the run of cold weather. It looks like the staff are not updating the city's rink website. Find out here why you can't call the rink directly to get the right information.

Temperature at 11.30 a.m.: 6 celsius (sunny periods)

In the afternoon, the city's web page listed all but four of the city's 36 currently functioning outdoor rinks as OPEN. Scarborough Civic Rink, Irving Chapley, Royalcrest and Rosedale Rinks were all listed as closed. Find out here why you can't call the rinks directly to get up-to-the-minute information.

Sunday March 5, 2017

At 10 a.m. the city's web page lists all but one of the city's 36 currently functioning outdoor rinks as OPEN. Scarborough Civic Rink is still listed as closed (from Feb.28) due to soft ice conditions, even though the current temperature is minus 6 celsius.

At 2 p.m. the city's web page lists all but one of the city's 36 currently functioning outdoor rinks as OPEN. Scarborough Civic Rink is still listed as closed (from Feb.28) due to soft ice conditions, even though the temperature for the last three days has been very cold. Clearly the staff are not updating the city's rink website.

Weather at 2 p.m.: minus 4 celsius, sunny.

At 5 p.m. the city's web page lists all but one of the city's 36 currently functioning outdoor rinks as OPEN. Scarborough Civic Rink is still listed as closed (from Feb.28) due to soft ice conditions, even though for the last three days it's been very cold. It looks like the staff are not updating the city's rink website. Find out why you can't call the rink directly here.

Saturday March 4, 2017

At 10 a.m. the city's web page lists all but one of the city's 36 currently functioning outdoor rinks as OPEN. Scarborough Civic Rink is still listed as closed due to soft ice conditions, even though the current temperature is minus 12 celsius.

Weather at 10 a.m.: minus 12 celsius, sunny.

At 1 p.m. the city's web page lists all but one of the city's 36 currently functioning outdoor rinks as OPEN. Scarborough Civic Rink is still listed as closed (from Feb.28) due to soft ice conditions, even though the current temperature is minus 9 celsius.

Friday March 3, 2017

8.30 a.m. Martingrove, Sir Adam Beck, Royalcrest and Scarborough Civic rink are listed as closed.

Weather at 12 noon: minus 7 celsius, sun and cloud.

At 5 p.m. the city's web page lists all of the city's 36 currently functioning outdoor rinks as OPEN.

Thursday March 2, 2017

At 10 a.m. the city's web page lists 34 of the city's 36 currently functioning outdoor rinks as OPEN. Martingrove and Scarborough Civic rink are listed as closed.

At 1.30 p.m. the city's web page lists 32 of the city's 36 currently functioning outdoor rinks as OPEN. Martingrove, Sunnydale, Irving Chapley, and Scarborough Civic rink are listed as closed.

At 3 p.m. the city's web page lists 31 of the city's 36 currently functioning outdoor rinks as OPEN. Martingrove, Sunnydale, Sir Adam Beck, Irving Chapley, and Scarborough Civic rink are listed as closed.

Weather at 3 p.m.: minus 3 celsius, sun and cloud.

At 7 p.m. the city's web page lists 31 of the city's 36 currently functioning outdoor rinks as OPEN. Martingrove, Sir Adam Beck, Irving Chapley, Royalcrest and Scarborough Civic rink are listed as closed. The highest the temperature got today was minus 3.

Wednesday March 1, 2017

At 9 a.m. the city's web page lists 30 of the city's 36 currently functioning outdoor rinks as OPEN. Five rinks in North York, plus Scarborough Civic rink, are listed as closed. Closed: Broadlands, Glen Long, Irving Chapley, Ledbury, Pleasantview. Sounds like City Hall was effectively closed, since they were taking off water on Feb.28 and March 1.

Weather at 9 a.m.: 12 celsius, clearing after a lot of rain overnight.

Still the same a 1 p.m.

At 3 p.m. the city's web page lists 29 of the city's 36 currently functioning outdoor rinks as OPEN. Five rinks in North York, plus Martingrove and Scarborough Civic rink, are listed as closed.

At 8.30 p.m. the city's web page lists 28 of the city's 36 currently functioning outdoor rinks as OPEN. Five rinks in North York, plus Martingrove, Sunnnydale and Scarborough Civic rink, are listed as closed.

Tuesday Feb.28, 2017

At 8 a.m. the city's web page lists 29 of the city's 36 currently functioning outdoor rinks as OPEN. Glen Long listed as closed.

At 11 a.m. the city's web page lists 35 of the city's 36 currently functioning outdoor rinks as OPEN.

Weather at noon: 7 celsius, cloudy.

At 6.30 p.m. the city's web page lists 32 of the city's 36 currently functioning outdoor rinks as OPEN. Three rinks in North York, plus Scarborough Civic rink, are listed as closed. (Broadlands, Glen Long, Irving Chapley)

Monday Feb.27, 2017

10 rinks closed for the season yesterday at 6 p.m.. At 9.30 a.m., the city's web page lists all of the city's 36 currently functioning outdoor rinks as OPEN, except for Pleasantview in North York.

Harbourfront's Natrel Rink (not municipal) has a webcam. Mississauga City Hall has a webcam. If you're wondering about ice conditions, these links are a good place to look for yourself.

To find out why outdoor rinks have trouble keeping good ice in late February, and more trouble in March, even though they are mechanically cooled: basic rink literacy.

Weather at 9.30 a.m.: 3 celsius, sunny. At 3 p.m.: 8 celsius, still sunny.

At 2 p.m., the city's web page lists 16 of the city's 36 currently functioning outdoor rinks as OPEN. The others are closed until the sun goes down.

10 rinks closed for the season yesterday at 6 p.m.. By evening, the city's web page lists 29 of the city's 36 currently functioning outdoor rinks as OPEN.

Sunday Feb.26, 2017

At noon, the city's web page lists all of the city's 46 currently functioning outdoor rinks as OPEN, except for Pleasantview in North York and Joseph Bannon in Etobicoke. Wallace Rink and Rivercrest Rink have been added to the list of rinks closed for the season because of mechanical issues, and 10 more rinks are scheduled to close for the season today.

Weather at 10 a.m.: minus 2 celsius, sun and cloud.

At 4 p.m., the city's web page lists all of the city's 46 currently functioning outdoor rinks as OPEN, except for two in in North York and Joseph Bannon in Etobicoke. Wallace Rink and Rivercrest Rink have been added to the list of rinks closed for the season because of mechanical issues, and 10 more rinks are scheduled to close for the season today.

Saturday Feb.25, 2017

At 9.30 a.m., the city's web page lists all of the city's 46 currently functioning outdoor rinks, except for 6 in North York and Joseph Bannon Rink in Etobicoke, as OPEN. Wallace Rink and Rivercrest Rink have been added to the list of rinks closed for the season.

Weather at 11 a.m.: 7 celsius, cloudy.

At 7 p.m., the city's web page lists all of the city's 46 currently functioning outdoor rinks, except for 6 in North York and Joseph Bannon Rink in Etobicoke, as OPEN. This information has not changed since last night. Find out here why the city's rink information is often out of date, and why they keep rink phone numbers unlisted. Wallace Rink and Rivercrest Rink have been added to the list of rinks closed for the season.

Temperature at 7 pm: 0 celsius.

To find out why outdoor rinks have trouble keeping good ice in late February, and more trouble in March, even though they are mechanically cooled: basic rink literacy.

Friday Feb.25, 2017

At 9.30 a.m.: 26 listed as closed.

At 1 p.m., the city's web page lists all of the city's 48 currently functioning outdoor rinks, except for 6 in North York, as OPEN. Wallace Rink is closed for mechanical issues. Rivercrest Rink has been added to the list of rinks closed for the season.

Weather at 1 p.m.: 5 celsius, cloudy.

At 6.30 p.m., the city's web page lists all of the city's 46 currently functioning outdoor rinks, except for 6 in North York, as OPEN. Wallace Rink and Rivercrest Rink have been added to the list of rinks closed for the season.

Thursday Feb.23, 2017

At 9.30 a.m., the city's web page lists 9 rinks as closed due to ice conditions. Wallace Rink is closed for mechanical issues. Rivercrest Rink has been added to the list of rinks closed for the season.

Weather at noon: 17 celsius, sun and cloud.

At noon, the city's web page lists 5 North York Rinks and two in Central Toronto as closed due to ice conditions. Kew Rink is open but skating lessons are cancelled. Wallace Rink is closed for mechanical issues. Rivercrest Rink has been added to the list of rinks closed for the season.

At 2 p.m., the city's web page lists 5 North York Rinks and three in Central Toronto as closed due to ice conditions. Kew, Scadding and Christie rinks are listed as open but their skating lessons are cancelled. Wallace Rink is closed for mechanical issues. Rivercrest Rink has been added to the list of rinks closed for the season.

At 6.30 p.m., the city's web page lists 9 of the city's 48 currently functioning outdoor rinks as OPEN. The rest are listed as closed due to ice conditions. Wallace Rink is closed for mechanical issues. Rivercrest Rink has been added to the list of rinks closed for the season.

Wednesday, Feb.22, 2017

At 9 a.m., the city's web page lists 4 North York rinks as closed due to ice conditions, plus Rivercrest, due to mechanical issues.

Weather at 9 a.m.: 5 celsius, fog and drizzle.

At 2.30 p.m., the city's web page lists 6 North York rinks as closed due to ice conditions, plus Wallace Rink for mechanical issues. Rivercrest Rink has been added to the list of rinks closed for the season.

At 4.30 p.m., the city's web page lists 6 North York rinks, plus High Park, as closed due to ice conditions. Giovanni Caboto and Ramsden are closed on the hockey side only. Wallace Rink is closed for mechanical issues. Rivercrest Rink has been added to the list of rinks closed for the season.

Tuesday Feb.21, 2017

Weather at 2 p.m.: 6 celsius, rain.

At 1 p.m., the city's web page still lists 13 of the 48 currently functioning rinks as closed.

At 2.30 p.m., the city's web page lists 7 of the 48 currently functioning rinks as closed (5 in North York, plus two with mechanical issues).

At 6.30 p.m., the city's web page lists 9 of the 48 currently functioning rinks as closed (6 in North York, Scarborough Civic and two with mechanical issues).

Monday, Feb.20 (Family Day holiday)

Weather at 9 a.m.: 1 celsius, sunny.

At 9 a.m., the city's web page lists most of the 48 currently functioning rinks as open. 8 and a half (Wallace hockey pad) are closed.

Harbourfront's Natrel Rink (not municipal) has a webcam. Mississauga City Hall has a webcam. If you're wondering about ice conditions, these links are a good place to look for yourself. At 10 a.m., both have skaters.

At 1.30 p.m., the city's web page lists most of the 48 currently functioning rinks as open. 4 and a half rinks (including Wallace hockey pad) are listed as closed, but actually Wallace Rink is closed on both pads and the compressors are off.

At 1.30 p.m., Harbourfront is empty and Mississauga rink has hundreds of skaters.

At 3.30 p.m., the city's web page lists 17 of the 48 currently functioning rinks as closed. Probably more rinks are closed as well, at 4 celsius in bright sunshine.

Many rinks have ice thicker than 3 inches (all that rain we had froze into extra layers). The cooling pipes underneath can't freeze that volume of ice. And the sun is getting stronger as spring approaches. In November, the rinks can freeze well at 10 celsius. In late February, outdoor rinks have trouble unless it's cold -- not like now.

At 5.30 p.m., the city's web page lists 22 of the 48 currently functioning rinks as closed. Probably more rinks are closed as well, after the third day of warm temperatures and bright sunshine.

Sunday Feb.19, 2017

Weather at 9 a.m.: 6 celsius, sunny.

At 9.30 a.m., the city's web page lists 8 of the 48 currently functioning rinks as closed because of the nonspecific reason of ice conditions except Rivercrest, which is closed for mechanical issues.

At noon, the city's web page lists 8 and a half (Wallace hockey pad) of the city's 48 currently functioning rinks as closed because of the nonspecific reason of ice conditions except Rivercrest, which is closed for mechanical issues.

Harbourfront shows no skaters.

Weather at 2.30 p.m.: 11 celsius, sunny.

At 2.30 p.m., the city's web page lists 22 of the city's 48 currently functioning rinks as closed because of the nonspecific reason of ice conditions except Rivercrest, which is closed for mechanical issues. Three more rinks are listed as closed on the hockey side only.

At 3.30 p.m., the city's web page lists almost all of the city's 48 currently functioning rinks as CLOSED.

Many rinks have ice thicker than 3 inches (all that rain we had froze into extra layers). The cooling pipes underneath can't freeze that volume of ice. And the sun is getting stronger as spring approaches. In November, the rinks can freeze well at 10 celsius. In late February, outdoor rinks have trouble unless it's cold -- not like now.

Harbourfront's Natrel Rink (not municipal) has a webcam. Mississauga City Hall has a webcam. If you're wondering about ice conditions, these links are a good place to look for yourself. Harbourfront, in bright sun, shows no skaters. Mississauga has many skaters, and looks in good condition -- it has shade over parts of the rink.

At 7 p.m., the city's web page lists almost all of the city's 48 currently functioning rinks as CLOSED.

Saturday Feb.18, 2017

At 9 a.m., the city's web page lists all 48 currently functioning rinks as open.

Weather at 9 a.m.: 4 celsius, sunny.

At noon, the city's web page lists all 48 currently functioning rinks, except Broadlands, Glen Long and Irving Chapley, as open. The web page still shows a yellow flag for Grenadier Pond. At 10 celsius, few rinks will have good ice.

Harbourfront is closed until 6 p.m.

At 1 p.m., the city's web page is beginning to list more rinks as closed: 7 of the 48 currently functioning rinks are listed as "water covered." The web page still shows a yellow flag for Grenadier Pond. At 10 celsius, few rinks will have good ice.

At 1.30 p.m., 11 of the city's web page 48 currently functioning rinks are listed as closed because "water covered." The web page still shows a yellow flag for Grenadier Pond. At 12 celsius, few rinks will have good ice.

At 2.30 p.m., 16 of the city's web page 48 currently functioning rinks are listed as closed because they are "water covered." The web page still shows a yellow flag for Grenadier Pond. At 11 celsius, few rinks will have good ice.

At 4.30 p.m., the city's web page lists 29 of the 48 currently functioning rinks as closed because they are "water covered." Remarkably, the web page still shows a yellow flag for Grenadier Pond. At 12 celsius, few rinks will have good ice.

At 7 p.m., the city's web page lists 34 of the 48 currently functioning rinks as closed because they are "water covered," or for the more nonspecific reason of "ice conditions." Remarkably, the web page still shows a yellow flag for Grenadier Pond.

At 8.30 p.m., the city's web page lists 33 of the 48 currently functioning rinks as closed because they are "water covered," or for the more nonspecific reason of "ice conditions." Remarkably, the web page still shows a yellow flag for Grenadier Pond.

Harbourfront was closed until 6 pm or perhaps even later to protect the ice, but had been able to run their final DJ night tonight. Mississauga's rink -- shaded by tall buildings in the afternoon -- has had many skaters all day.

Friday Feb.17, 2017

At 10 a.m., the city's web page lists all 48 currently functioning rinks as open.

Weather at 10 a.m.: minus 4, sunny.

At 4 p.m., the city's web page lists all 48 currently functioning rinks as open, except two North York rinks: Broadlands (almost always the first to close) and Irving Chapley. The web page still shows a yellow flag for Grenadier Pond.

Weather at 10 a.m.: minus 1, cloudy.

Thursday Feb.16, 2017

The city's web page lists all 48 currently functioning rinks as open.

Grenadier Pond marked yellow.

Weather at 11 a.m.: minus 7, sunny.

Wednesday Feb.15, 2017

Weather at 9 a.m.: minus 2 celsius, sunny.

At 9.30 a.m. the city's web page lists all 48 currently functioning rinks as open except Wallace and Harry Gairey rinks -- both listed as closed "due to mechanical issues" -- Harry Gairey on the hockey side only.

With the warmer weather forecast for this weekend, ice thickness will be a problem for outdoor rinks because of all the rain we've had this winter. If the ice gets thicker than 3 inches, the rinks might as well be natural ice rinks -- the pipes underneath can no longer freeze that volume of ice when it gets warm or the sun gets stronger.

The web page shows a red flag for Grenadier Pond.

At 3 p.m. the city's web page is unchanged from last night. It lists all 48 currently functioning rinks as open except Wallace and Harry Gairey rinks -- both listed as closed "due to mechanical issues" -- Harry Gairey on the hockey side only.

In the evening the rinks were all marked as open again.

Tuesday Feb.14, 2017

The city's web page lists all 48 currently functioning rinks as open.

Grenadier now marked red.

Monday Feb.13, 2017

Weather at 8 a.m.: minus 4 celsius, cloudy.

At 9.30 a.m., only 14 rinks are listed as open. The city's web page lists all Central Toronto rinks as "covered in snow" and having ice maintenance; all North Toronto rinks except Mel Lastman are listed as closed; most Etobicoke Rinks and the single Scarborough Rink are listed as open. Find out here why there is mainly this general generic information, out of date after storms, none for specific rinks. The web page still shows a yellow flag for Grenadier Pond.

At 11.30 a.m. all rinks were marked as open but Campbell e.g. was still snow-covered.

As of noon Campbell had been done too.

Sunday Feb.12, 2017

Weather at 8 a.m.: minus 5 celsius, snowing.

At 8 a.m. the city's web page lists almost all of the 48 currently functioning rinks as snow-covered, with ongoing snow removal. The web page still shows a yellow flag for Grenadier Pond.

Harbourfront's Natrel Rink (not municipal) has a webcam. Mississauga City Hall has a webcam. If you're wondering about ice conditions, these links are a good place to look for yourself. At 8 a.m. both rinks have the zamboni clearing snow.

4 p.m. listed as open: Sam Smith, High Park, Humber Valley, Mel Lastman, Rennie, Scarborough Civic, Sir Adam, Sunnydale, Valleyfield, Pleasantview, Wedgwood, West Mall, Westway. The others listed as yellow "covered in snow" or closed.

AT 7pm, 14 rinks listed as open. At 5 p.m. the city's web page lists all Central Toronto rinks as "covered in snow" and having ice maintenance; all North Toronto rinks except Mel Lastman are listed as closed, most Etobicoke Rinks and the single Scarborough Rink are listed as open. Find out why there is mainly this general generic information, none for specific rinks here. The web page still shows a yellow flag for Grenadier Pond.

Harbourfront's Natrel Rink (not municipal) has a webcam. Mississauga City Hall has a webcam. If you're wondering about ice conditions, these links are a good place to look for yourself. At 5 p.m. both rinks show skaters.

Saturday Feb.11, 2017

Weather at noon: 2 celsius, cloudy.

At 8.30 a.m. the city's web page lists all of the 48 currently functioning rinks as OPEN, except for two in North York. The web page still shows a yellow flag for Grenadier Pond.

(By noon) The city's web page lists all of the 48 currently functioning rinks as OPEN. The web page still shows a yellow flag for Grenadier Pond.

Friday Feb.10, 2017

Weather at 3 p.m.: minus 27 celsius, snow. At 2 p.m. the city's web page lists all 48 currently functioning rinks as open, and shows a yellow flag for Grenadier Pond. A skater writes yesterday: "thick black ice everywhere - the best ice I've seen this season." However, the snow has started and soon everything will change.

At 7 p.m. the city's web page lists almost all 48 currently functioning rinks, including Nathan Phillips Square, as CLOSED for snow removal. The web page still shows a yellow flag for Grenadier Pond.

Harbourfront's Natrel Rink (not municipal) has a webcam. Mississauga City Hall has a webcam. If you're wondering about ice conditions, these links are a good place to look for yourself. At 7 p.m. both rinks show skaters.

At 10 p.m. the city's web page lists many of the 48 currently functioning rinks, including Nathan Phillips Square, as CLOSED for snow removal. All rinks in Etobicoke are listed as open, but half the rinks in North Toronto are listed as closed and more than half the rinks in Central Toronto are listed as snow covered. This is unlikely to be true since the snow stopped some time ago.

The web page still shows a yellow flag for Grenadier Pond.

Central Toronto: yellow "covered in snow": Cedarvale, Dieppe, Dufferin, Greenwood, Hodgson, Jimmie Simpson, Kew, Monarch, Nathan Phillips, Regent, Ryerson, Sherbourne, Wallace, Withrow. red (closed): Rosedale. Open -- Harry Gairey, Campbell, Christie, Ramsden, Trinity.

Etobicoke: all marked open.

North Toronto: Closed: Broadlands, Glen Long, Ledbury, North Toronto. Open: Irving Chapley, Mel Lastman, Otter Creek, Pleasantview.

Scarborough: Open: Scarborough Civic.

Thursday Feb.9, 2017

Weather at noon: minus 7 celsius, sunny.

The city's web page lists all 48 currently functioning rinks as open, and shows a yellow flag for Grenadier Pond.

Wednesday Feb.8, 2017

At noon, the city's web page lists all 48 currently functioning rinks as open, and shows a yellow flag for Grenadier Pond.

Tuesday Feb.7, 2017

At noon, the city's web page lists all 48 currently functioning rinks as open EXCEPT Broadlands, and shows a yellow flag for Grenadier Pond.

Harbourfront's Natrel Rink (not municipal) has a webcam. Mississauga City Hall has a webcam. If you're wondering about ice conditions, these links are a good place to look for yourself. At noon, both cameras are blurry because of the freezing rain, and there are no skaters.

Weather at noon: minus 1 celsius, freezing rain.

At 1 p.m., the city's web page lists all 48 currently functioning rinks as open EXCEPT Broadlands, and shows a yellow flag for Grenadier Pond.

At 3 p.m., the city's web page lists all 48 currently functioning rinks as open EXCEPT Broadlands and Glen Long, and shows a yellow flag for Grenadier Pond. Still no skaters on either webcam.

At 8 p.m., the city's web page lists all 48 currently functioning rinks as open EXCEPT Broadlands, North Toronto and Glen Long, and shows a yellow flag for Grenadier Pond.

Harbourfront's Natrel Rink (not municipal) has a webcam. Mississauga City Hall has a webcam. If you're wondering about ice conditions, these links are a good place to look for yourself. 2 skaters at Mississauga.

Monday Feb.6, 2017

The city's web page lists all 48 currently functioning rinks as open, and shows a yellow flag for Grenadier Pond.

Weather at 11.30 a.m. minus 2 celsius, mostly cloudy.

Sunday Feb.5, 2017

The city's web page lists all 48 currently functioning rinks as open, and shows a yellow flag for Grenadier Pond.

Weather at 9 a.m. minus 3 celsius, light snow.

Saturday Feb.4, 2017

Weather at 8 p.m. minus 5 celsius, cloudy.

The city's web page lists all 48 currently functioning rinks as open, and shows a yellow flag for Grenadier Pond.

Note: although not mentioned on the city's web page, it looks like rink management is gathering opinions about what needs fixing at the the outdoor rinks, with this survey. Reports like this often gather dust afterwards, but skaters, maybe fill out the questionnaire anyway...Some CityRinks suggestions for good fixes are here.

Friday Feb.3, 2017

Weather at 9.30 a.m. minus 8 celsius, mostly sunny.

All listed as open.

Thursday Feb.2, 2017

Weather at 1 p.m. minus 4 celsius, sun and cloud, wind.

All listed as open.

Wednesday Feb.1, 2017

Weather at 9 a.m. minus 1 celsius, sunny. 2 cm of snow fell overnight.

8 a.m. all rinks listed as open.

At 10 a.m., the city's web page lists 6 of the 48 currently functioning rinks as closed or being serviced for snow cover, all of them in central Toronto region. Probably many of the ones still marked as open are not ready for skating either. Closed: Harry Gairey, Campbell, Christie, Jimmie Simpson, Regent,Trinity.

At 11.30 a.m., the city's web page still lists 4 of the 48 currently functioning rinks as closed or being serviced for snow cover, all of them in central Toronto region. Probably some of the ones marked as open are not ready for skating either, but have simply not been logged.

All marked open by the afternoon.

Tuesday Jan.31, 2017

Weather at 3 p.m. minus 3 celsius, cloudy

All listed as open.

Monday Jan.30, 2017

Weather at 9.30 a.m. minus 10 celsius, sunny

All listed as open.

Sunday Jan.29, 2017

All listed as open.

Saturday Jan.28, 2017

All listed as open.

Weather at 10 a.m. minus 2 celsius, tiny bit of snowflurries

Friday Jan.27, 2017

All listed as open.

Thursday Jan.26, 2017

At 12.30 p.m., the city's web page lists all of the 48 currently functioning rinks as open EXCEPT Broadlands and Glen Long in North York, which usually close at the slightest sign of rain.

-- those two were marked as open again by 4 pm

Wednesday Jan.25, 2017

Weather at 8 a.m. 1 celsius, clear

The city's web page lists all of the 48 currently functioning rinks as OPEN.

Tuesday Jan.24, 2017

The city's web page lists all of the 48 currently functioning rinks as OPEN.

Monday Jan.23, 2017

Weather at 10.30 a.m. 2 celsius, mist

The city's web page lists all of the 48 currently functioning rinks as OPEN.

Sunday Jan.22, 2017

Weather at 9 a.m. 4 celsius, fog

The city's web page lists all of the 48 currently functioning rinks as OPEN.

Grenadier Pond now listed as red.

Saturday Jan.21, 2017

Weather at 8 a.m. 2 celsius, cloudy

The city's web page lists all of the 48 currently functioning rinks as OPEN.

A week ago we received many reports of "perfect ice" on Grenadier Pond. It's unlikely to be perfect now since the warmer weather set in, but since last Sunday the city's web page has listed the pond as yellow. Perhaps they just forgot to change it to red.

Friday Jan.20, 2017

Weather at 1 p.m. 3 celsius, cloudy

1.30 p.m.: The city's web page lists all but one of the 48 currently functioning rinks as OPEN. Exception: High Park has been closed for some days for mechanical issues, yesterday afternoon changed to ice conditions. Neither description is informative

Thursday Jan.19, 2017

Weather at 8 a.m. 2 celsius, drizzle

The city's web page lists all but one of the 48 currently functioning rinks as OPEN. Exception: High Park is closed for mechanical issues.

Since last Saturday we have received many reports of "perfect ice" on Grenadier Pond. It's unlikely to be perfect in this run of warmer weather, but today the official ice sign is still yellow.

11.00 a.m.: The city's web page lists all but one of the 48 currently functioning rinks as OPEN. Exceptions: High Park is closed for mechanical issues, and at 11 a.m. Glen Long is closed for ice conditions, as it so often is -- sad story.

Wednesday Jan.18, 2017

Weather at 11 a.m. 3 celsius, cloudy

At 7.30 a.m. the city's web page lists 15 of the 48 currently functioning rinks as closed due to ice conditions (rain on the ice). Closed are 6 of the 8 North Toronto rinks, 7 of the 21 Central Toronto rinks, and 1 of the 19 Etobicoke rinks. Scarborough Civic Rink is open.

Since last Saturday we have received many reports of "perfect ice" on Grenadier Pond. Even now the official ice sign is still yellow. But no freezing temperatures are forecast for the next week -- so skating will be interrupted until it turns colder again.

At 11 a.m. the city's web page lists most of the 48 currently functioning rinks as OPEN. Exceptions: High Park is closed for mechanical issues and Irving Chapley is closed due to ice conditions

Since last Saturday we have received many reports of "perfect ice" on Grenadier Pond. Even now the official ice sign is still yellow.

At 6 p.m. the city's web page lists all but one of the 48 currently functioning rinks as OPEN. Exception: High Park is closed for mechanical issues.

At 11 p.m. the official ice sign is still yellow.

Tuesday Jan.17, 2017

Weather at 9 a.m. 2 celsius, raining

At 9.30 a.m. the city's web page lists all 48 currently functioning rinks as open EXCEPT that the usual three North York rinks are closed. They list the reason for closure as ice conditions, meaning there is some water overtop of solid ice -- very skateable but wet if you fall.

At 3.30 p.m. the city's web page lists almost all of the 48 currently functioning rinks as closed due to ice conditions. Exceptions: Greenwood, Mel Lastman, Ryerson, Scarborough Civic, Sherbourne Common, Pleasantview.

At 8.30 p.m. the city's web page lists 15 of the 48 currently functioning rinks as closed due to ice conditions (rain on the ice). Closed are 6 of the 8 North Toronto rinks, 7 of the 21 Central Toronto rinks, and 1 of the 19 Etobicoke rinks. Scarborough Civic Rink is open.

Closed: N.Toronto: Broadview, Glen Long, Irving Chaply, Ledbury, North Toronto, Otter Creek. Central Toronto: Campbell, Cedarvale, Christie, Rosedale, Ryerson, Trinity, Wallace. Etobicoke: High Park.

Yellow flag up all day re Grenadier.

Monday Jan.16, 2017

The city's web page lists all 48 currently functioning rinks as open. Valleyfield rink is listed as OPEN for the first time this rink season, but the change room is listed as "temporarily closed."

We have received many reports of "perfect ice" on Grenadier Pond. Today the official ice sign is yellow.

Sunday Jan.15, 2017

The city's web page lists all 47 currently functioning rinks as open. In addition, Valleyfield rink is listed as OPEN for the first time this rink season, but the change room is listed as "temporarily closed."

Saturday Jan.14, 2017

Weather at 9 p.m. minus 5 celsius, clear

The city's web page lists all 47 currently functioning rinks as open. In addition, Valleyfield rink is listed as OPEN for the first time this rink season, but the change room is listed as "temporarily closed."

Red flag up on Grenadier, but many skaters

Friday Jan.13, 2017

At 9 a.m., the city's web page lists Broadlands and Ledbury rinks as still closed in North York, as well as High Park in Etobicoke region. After three days, Hodgson is no longer marked as closed for maintenance on the pleasure-skating side. The other 44 currently functioning rinks are marked as open.

At 1.30 p.m., the city's web page lists all 47 currently functioning rinks as open.

Thursday Jan.12, 2017

Weather at noon: 2 celsius, light rain (but there was heavy rain overnight)

At 8 a.m., the city's web page lists 4 North York Rinks as closed, plus two central Toronto ones. Hodgson is still marked as closed for maintenance (since Sunday), but only on the pleasure-skating side. The other 40 currently functioning rinks are marked as open. Closed: Broadlands, Glen Long, Ledbury, North Tor. Also High Park and Withrow.

At 9.30 a.m., the city's web page lists 3 North York Rinks as closed, plus High Park and Withrow. Hodgson is still marked as closed for maintenance (since Sunday), but only on the pleasure-skating side. The other 41 currently functioning rinks are marked as open.

At noon, same information as before plus Regent is marked as closed (ice conditions).

At 3 p.m., the city's web page lists 4 North York Rinks as closed, plus High Park, Regent and Withrow. Hodgson is still marked as closed for maintenance (since Sunday), but only on the pleasure-skating side. The other 39 currently functioning rinks are marked as open.

Irving Chapley added to the list.

At 3 p.m., the city's web page lists 4 North York Rinks as closed, plus High Park, Regent and Withrow. Hodgson is still marked as closed for maintenance (since Sunday), but only on the pleasure-skating side. The other 39 currently functioning rinks are marked as open.

At 5 p.m., the city's web page lists 4 North York Rinks as closed, plus Regent and High Park. Since this news has stayed the same for many hours, and it's not raining and it's cold, chances are it's wrong. Hodgson is still marked as closed for maintenance (since Sunday), but only on the pleasure-skating side. The other 40 currently functioning rinks are marked as open.

Wednesday Jan.11, 2017

Weather at 3 p.m.: 3 celsius, cloudy.

At 9 a.m., the city's web page lists 5 North Toronto rinks as closed, plus four Etobicoke rinks and one central Toronto rink (Withrow, which has poor water run-off). Hodgson is still marked as closed for maintenance (since yesterday noon). The other 37 currently functioning rinks are marked as open. These listings are from yesterday, and even then they were unreliable. Local rink phone numbers are unlisted, so when the weather is unstable, skaters have to take their luck.

At 10.30 a.m., the city's web page lists 3 North Toronto rinks as closed, plus one central Toronto rink. Hodgson is still marked as closed for maintenance (since yesterday noon), but only on the pleasure-skating side. The other 42 currently functioning rinks are marked as open.

Closed: Ledbury, Mel Lastman, North Toronto, Withrow.

Note: the web site shows a yellow flag for Grenadier pond.

Same message at noon, but the pond now has a red flag.

At 2.30 p.m., the city's web page lists North Toronto Memorial and Withrow rinks as closed. Hodgson is still marked as closed for maintenance (since yesterday noon), but only on the pleasure-skating side. The other 44 currently functioning rinks are marked as open.

At 7.30 p.m., the city's web page lists North Toronto Memorial and Withrow rinks as closed. Hodgson is still marked as closed for maintenance (since yesterday noon), but only on the pleasure-skating side. The other 44 currently functioning rinks are marked as open.

Tuesday Jan.10, 2017

Weather at 5 p.m.: 6 celsius, rain.

Note: the web site shows a yellow flag for Grenadier pond.

At 10 a.m., 37 of the city's currently functioning outdoor rinks are listed as OPEN on the city's web page.

At 11 a.m. 5 (including the usual 4 in North York) are listed closed, and two more are listed as having ice maintenance now. Closed: Broadlands, Glen Long, Irving Chapley, Campbell, Jimmie Simpson. Service Alert: Regent Park, Sherbourne Common.

At noon, 42 of the city's currently functioning outdoor rinks are listed as OPEN on the city's web page. Three are listed closed (Broadlands, Campbell, Jimmie Simpson), and two more are listed as still having ice maintenance (Regent, Sherbourne).

At 1.30 p.m., 45 of the city's currently functioning outdoor rinks are listed as OPEN on the city's web page. Campbell Rink is listed as closed (but staff say it's open) and Hodgson Rink is listed as having ice maintenance -- which all rinks will need shortly, since the snow has resumed.

At 3 p.m., 43 of the city's currently functioning outdoor rinks are listed as OPEN on the city's web page. Broadlands and Glen Long rinks are marked as closed, as they often are if there's any snow. Campbell is marked as closed, although local staff say it's open. Hodgson is marked as closed for maintenance (for the last three hours). The city's rink status system is unreliable in both directions, and local rink phone numbers are unlisted, so skaters will have to take their luck.

At 9 p.m., the city's web page lists 5 North Toronto rinks as closed, plus four Etobicoke rinks and one central Toronto rink (Withrow, which has poor water run-off). Hodgson is still marked as closed for maintenance (for the last eight hours). The other 37 currently functioning rinks are marked as open. However, when there's weather, the city's outdoor rinks status information is unreliable in both directions, and local rink phone numbers are unlisted, so skaters will have to take their luck.

Monday Jan.9, 2017

Weather at 3 p.m.: minus 3 celsius, sun and cloud. A few flurries earlier. All of the city's currently functioning 47 outdoor rinks are listed as OPEN on the city's web page.

Many people are reporting excellent skating on Grenadier Pond. That may change when the snow comes on Tuesday, but for now the ice is endless (see photo below).

Sunday Jan.8 2017

Weather at 5 p.m.: minus 11 celsius, clear.

All of the city's currently functioning 47 outdoor rinks are listed as OPEN on the city's web page.

Many people are reporting excellent skating on Grenadier Pond. That may change when the snow comes on Tuesday, but for now the ice is endless (see photo below).

Saturday Jan.7, 2017

Weather at 7 a.m.: minus 14 celsius, clear.

All of the city's currently functioning 47 outdoor rinks are listed as OPEN on the city's web page. Two rinks that have been closed for construction are now marked with opening dates: Wedgewood on Jan.8, and Valleyfield on January 15. Wedgewood Rink actually opened for the season today.

Friday January 6, 2017

Weather at 8 a.m.: minus 13 celsius, sunny.

All of the city's currently functioning 46 outdoor rinks are listed as OPEN on the city's web page.

Thursday Jan.5, 2017

Weather at 10.30 p.m.: minus 11 celsius, clear, less wind.

All of the city's currently functioning 46 outdoor rinks are listed as OPEN on the city's web page.

Harbourfront's Natrel Rink (not municipal) has a webcam. Mississauga City Hall has a webcam. If you're wondering about ice conditions, these links are a good place to look for yourself.

Five rinks are closed for renovation, one new rink in Scarborough (McCowan District Park) is still under construction, and one (College Park) is decommissioned, with a new rink scheduled for construction in 2018/2019.

Wednesday Jan.4, 2017

Weather at 3.30 p.m.: minus 5 celsius, sun and cloud, strong cold winds.

At 10 a.m., the city's outdoor rinks web page lists all but two outdoor rinks as OPEN. Ledbury and Summerlea are listed as closed for ice conditions.

At 3.30 p.m., all but one of the city's currently functioning 46 outdoor rinks are listed as OPEN on the city's web page. Ledbury is listed as closed due to ice conditions. Since the weather is cold and there's no rain or snow, this information may be wrong.

Tuesday Jan.3 2017

Weather at 3.30 p.m.: plus 4 celsius, light rain.

At 3.30 p.m., four rinks are listed as closed due to ice conditions: Broadlands, Glen Long, Mel Lastman, and Summerlea.

Monday Jan.2, 2017

Weather at 7 p.m.: plus 3 celsius.

The city's outdoor rinks web page lists most outdoor rinks as OPEN, including washrooms and changerooms.

On New Year's day, many rinks were marked as having restricted access to the buildings. However, the news was better in reality: many of the rinks in Etobicoke and North York had changerooms/washrooms open even if the schedule said they wouldn't. And the ice was excellent. Same today.

Sunday Jan.1, 2017

Weather at 8 a.m.: minus 2 celsius, sunny

Information: Many city rinks have restricted hours on holidays. A list of the outdoor rinks that are scheduled on the city's outdoor rinks web page as OPEN, including washrooms/changerooms, and for which hours, on Dec.31 and January 1 is here.

However, the news is better in reality: many of the rinks have changerooms/washrooms open even if it looks like they don't. All the ice was cleaned today and it looks excellent.

Saturday Dec.31, 2016

Weather at 8 a.m.: 0 celsius, mostly cloudy

Information about New Year's Eve and New Year's Day on the city website outdoor rinks schedule page (not reliable):

Rinks with washrooms /changerooms:

Alexandra (Scadding) Rink: New Year's Eve, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., New Year's Day, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Campbell Rink: New Year's Eve, 9.30 a.m. to 9 p.m., New Year's Day, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cedarvale: New Year's Eve, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., New Year's Day, rink open, no access to changeroom/washrooms.

Christie Pits: New Year's Eve, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., New Year's Day, rink open, no access to changeroom/washrooms.

Colonel Sam Smith: skating trail is unfenced but no changerooms/washrooms (closed for construction for the second year in a row).

Dieppe: New Year's Eve, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., New Year's Day, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Giovanni Caboto: New Year's Eve, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., New Year's Day, rink open but no washroom/changeroom access.

Greenwood: New Year's Eve, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., New Year's Day, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

High Park: New Year's Eve, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., New Year's Day, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (unclear whether there is washroom/changeroom access)

Hodgson: New Year's Eve, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., New Year's Day, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Humber Valley: New Year's Eve, 12 noon to 4 p.m., New Year's Day, rink open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. but no washroom/changeroom access.

Jimmie Simpson: New Year's Eve, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., New Year's Day, rink open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. but no washroom/changeroom access.

Kew: New Year's Eve, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., New Year's Day, rink open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. but no washroom/changeroom access.

Mel Lastman: New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, rink open but no washroom/changeroom access.

Monarch: New Year's Eve, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., New Year's Day, rink open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. but no washroom/changeroom access.

Nathan Phillips Square: New Year's Eve, 9 a.m. to 11.30 p.m., New Year's Day, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

North Toronto Memorial: New Year's Eve, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., New Year's Day, schedule blank

Ramsden: New Year's Eve, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., New Year's Day, rink open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Rennie: New Year's Eve, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (but probably their New Year's Eve party starts after), New Year's Day, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (unclear)

Rosedale: New Year's Eve, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., New Year's Day, rink open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. but no washroom/changeroom access.

Scarborough Civic: New Year's Eve, 10 a.m. to 9.45 p.m., New Year's Day, 10 a.m. to 9.45 p.m.

Sir Adam Beck: New Year's Eve, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., New Year's Day, rink open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. but no washroom/changeroom access.

Sunnydale: New Year's Eve, 1.30 to 5.45 p.m., New Year's Day, rink open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. but no washroom/changeroom access.

Trinity: New Year's Eve, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., New Year's Day, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wallace: New Year's Eve, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., New Year's Day, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

West Deane/Martingrove: New Year's Eve, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., New Year's Day, rink open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. but no washroom/changeroom access.

West Mall: New Year's Eve, 9 a.m. to 3.30 p.m., New Year's Day, 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.

Westway: New Year's Eve, 2.15 p.m. to 3.35 p.m., New Year's Day, rink open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. but no washroom/changeroom access.

Withrow: New Year's Eve, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., New Year's Day, rink open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. but no washroom/changeroom access.

Schedule incomplete (missing information, or contradictory):

Broadlands Rink

Dufferin Rink

Glen Long Rink

Irving Chapley Rink

Ledbury Rink

Otter Creek Rink

Regent Park Rink

 

Friday Dec.30, 2016

Weather at 11 a.m.: minus 2 celsius, cloudy

On the city's outdoor rinks web page, no rinks (except those under renovation of construction) are listed as closed. However, yesterday during the day the website information was unreliable. Unfortunately, the individual rink phone numbers are unlisted, so on days when there is snowfall, skaters can't confirm ice conditions directly.

Thursday Dec.29, 2016

On the city's outdoor rinks web page, at 11 a.m. 7 rinks are still listed as closed for ploughing or because they are snow covered. Probably even more still need snow clearing, but have not been marked on the website. Unfortunately, the individual rink phone numbers are unlisted, so on days when there is snowfall, skaters can't confirm ice conditions directly. 11 a.m.: listed as closed because snow-covered: Glen Long and Irving Chapley. Closed because of service alert: Buttonwood, Campbell, Joseph Bannon, Lambton-Kingsway, Rivercrest.

On the city's outdoor rinks web page, at 2 p.m. 7 rinks are still listed as closed for ploughing or because they are snow covered. Some of these are different than the ones marked as closed on the website at 11 a.m. The website information is often unreliable. Unfortunately, the individual rink phone numbers are unlisted, so on days when there is snowfall, skaters can't confirm ice conditions directly. 2 p.m., listed as closed: Jimmie Simpson, Monarch, North Toronto, Otter Creek, and Trinity. Service alert: Campbell, Joseph Bannon.

On the city's outdoor rinks web page, at 6 p.m. 2 rinks are still listed as closed for ploughing or because they are snow covered. Bit right now, as is not uncommon, the website information is unreliable. Campbell rink, listed as still being ploughed, was actually ploughed early in the day and has been open since then. Unfortunately, the individual rink phone numbers are unlisted, so on days when there is snowfall, skaters can't confirm ice conditions directly. Listed as closed: Monarch. Service Alert: Campbell.

Wednesday Dec.28, 2016

all the usual rinks are open.

Tuesday Dec.27, 2016

On the city's outdoor rinks web page, almost all city rinks are listed as open. At noon, Mel Lastman Rink in North York is closed due to unspecified ice conditions. Since the other rinks are open, it may be that the actual reason is mechanical issues, which is often the case for North York rinks.

Monday Dec.26, 2016

Weather at 8 a.m.: 2 celsius. 6 pm: 8 celsius

Holiday restrictions: Most outdoor rinks are listed as open but unsupervised on Boxing Day Monday, Dec.26 -- code for no change-room/washroom access. Same story as in other years -- change rooms/washrooms are closed on the very days when most people are on holiday. Check the individual rink listings on the city's web page before going.

Sunday Dec.25, 2016

Holiday restrictions: Most outdoor rinks are listed as open but unsupervised on Dec.25 -- code for no change-room/washroom access. That's also the case for Boxing Day Monday. Same story as in other years -- limited access on the very days when most people are on holiday.

Note: All but the 6 rinks under construction/renovation plus Joseph Bannon have been listed as open every day since the last posting here. Joseph Bannon was listed as open from Dec.23.

Schedule information for Dec.25 and 26:

Alexandra: 25th, 9 a.m.to 10 pm. unsupervised. 26th, 9.a.m. to 5 p.m.supervised

Broadlands: 25th and 26th empty

Campbell: 25th 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.supervised, 26th 10 a.m. to 8.25 p.m. supervised

Cedarvale: 25th and 26th unsupervised

Christie: 25th and 26th unsupervised

Colonel Sam: change rooms under construction

Dieppe: 25th unsupervised, 26th 9 a.m.to 5 p.m.

Dufferin:25th and 26th incomplete and contradictory

Giovanni Caboto: 25th and 26th empty

Glen Long: 25th and 26th empty

Greenwood: 25th 9 to 5 pm, 26th 9 to 54.30 p.m.

High Park: 25th 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 26th 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hodgson: 25th unsupervised, 26th 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., then unsupervised.

Humber Valley: 25th and 26th empty

Irving Chapley: 25th and 26th empty

Jimmie Simpson: 25th 9 to 5.30, 26th contradictory

Kew: 25th and 26th unsupervised

Ledbury: 25th and 26th empty

Mel Lastman: 25th and 26th empty

Monarch: 25th unsupervised except adult shinny supervised 8 to 10, 26th unsupervised

Nathan Phillips: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

North Toronto Memorial:has only the January schedule

Otter Creek: 25th and 26th empty

Ramsden: 25th unsupervised, 26th 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Regent: 25th and 26th unsupervised except 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. supervised

Rennie: 25th 8 to 4 p.m., 26th 9 to 5.30 p.m.

Rosedale: unsupervised

Ryerson: no change rooms

Scarborough Civic: 10 a.m. to 9.45 p.m.

Sherbourne Common: unscheduled for most days

Sir Adam Beck: 25th and 26th empty

Sunnydale: 25th and 26th empty

Trinity: 25th unsupervised except 2 -6 pm, 26th 9 a.m. to 5 pm

Wallace: 9 am to 9 pm

West Deane: 25th and 26th empty

West Mall: 25th 10 to 4, 26th 1.30 to 6pm

Westway: 25th empty, 26th empty

Withrow: 25th and 26th unsupevised

Thursday Dec.22, 2016

Weather at 9 p.m.: 2 celsius.

Yesterday and today all the same rinks were listed as open.

Tuesday December 20, 2016

Weather at 1 p.m.: minus 1 celsius.

On the city's outdoor rinks web page, most rinks are listed as open. Otter Creek and Joseph Bannon rinks are listed as closed due to mechanical issues.

Otter Creek no longer had the closed sign by 1 pm.

Monday Dec.19, 2016

Weather at 8 p.m.: minus 9 celsius.

At 8 pm Otter Creek was listed as closed due to mechanical issues.

Sunday December 18, 2016

On the city's outdoor rinks web page, at 7 a.m. Campbell and Trinity are listed as closed, most of the rest are listed as open.

On the city's outdoor rinks web page, at noon most rinks are listed as open. However, earlier today skaters were saying that Christie had not been cleared and was unskateable despite being listed as open. Perhaps the same was true for other rinks.

Saturday December 17 2016

On the city's outdoor rinks web page, at 10 a.m. many rinks have yellow "service alerts" saying "heavy snowfall." The good news: 19 rinks are listed as open.

On the city's outdoor rinks web page, at 3 p.m. only Scarborough Town Centre still has a yellow service alerts saying "heavy snowfall." Campbell, Glen Long, and Trinity are listed as closed and all the rest are listed as open.

Five rinks are closed for renovation, and one new rink in Scarborough (McCowan District Park) is not finished being built.

Harbourfront's Natrel Rink (not municipal) has a webcam. It appears to be only partly ploughed, not skateable. Mississauga City Hall has a webcam. It shows skaters on clean ice.

On the city's outdoor rinks web page, at 9 p.m. Campbell and Trinity are listed as closed and all the rest are listed as open.

Five rinks are closed for renovation, and one new rink in Scarborough (McCowan District Park) is not finished being built.

Harbourfront's Natrel Rink (not municipal) has a webcam. Mississauga City Hall has a webcam. At 9 pm both rinks have lots of skaters, in fact, Harbourfront is packed.

Friday Dec.16 2016

Weather at 9 a.m.: minus 9 celsius, sun and cloud.

On the city's outdoor rinks web page, at 8.30 a.m. only one rink is listed as open: Ledbury. Most of the others have yellow "service alerts" saying "heavy snowfall." But that's still yesterday's information.

On the city's outdoor rinks web page, at 11.30 a.m. all Etobicoke rinks are listed as open, and so are many of the others. 12 rinks still have yellow "service alerts" saying "heavy snowfall."

On the city's outdoor rinks web page, at 4 pm most rinks are listed as open. 6 rinks still have yellow "service alerts" from yesterday saying "heavy snowfall."

On the city's outdoor rinks web page, at 6 pm most rinks are listed as open. 2 rinks still have yellow "service alerts" from yesterday saying "heavy snowfall": Scarborough Town Centre and Pleasantview.

Thursday Dec.15 2016

On the city's outdoor rinks web page, most rinks are listed as open at 5.30 pm, but with the snow squalls, they will all be going down like ninepins.

There were 10 cm snow in 1 hour starting at 3.30. At 5.30 pm only Glen Long, Irving Chapley, Broadlands, West Mall were listed as closed.

9 pm. only one rink listed as open: Ledbury. Most of the others had yellow "service alerts" saying "heavy snowfall."

Wednesday Dec.14, 2016

Weather at noon: minus 5 celsius, sun and cloud.

8 p.m.: On the city's outdoor rinks web page, most rinks are listed as open. Ledbury has been listed as closed all day for "mechanical issues with the zamboni." Joseph Bannon rink is listed as closed due to mechanical issues, five more are closed for renovation, and one new rink in Scarborough (McCowan District Park) is not finished being built.

Tuesday Dec.13, 2016

Weather at 9 a.m.: minus 2 celsius, mostly cloudy.

On the city's outdoor rinks web page, at 9.30 a.m., Glen Long and North Toronto Memorial rinks are still listed as closed "covered in snow". But there has been no new snow for more than 24 hours.

Monday Dec.12, 2016

Weather at 9 pm: minus 1 celsius, clear with a full moon.

On the city's outdoor rinks web page, at 7.30 a.m., only seven rinks -- mainly single pads in downtown Toronto (they only get visits from the flying squads) -- are listed as closed because of snow-cover. But in fact most rinks have likely not been cleared yet. Joseph Bannon rink is listed as closed due to mechanical issues, five more are closed for renovation, and one new rink in Scarborough (McCowan District Park) is not finished being built.

At 7.30 a.m. Harbourfront's Natrel Rink (not municipal) appears to be snow-covered: webcam.

Mississauga City Hall appears to be snow-covered: webcam.

On the city's outdoor rinks web page, at 10 a.m., only eleven rinks are listed as open. The others are still listed as "covered in snow," although no doubt many are now being cleared. Joseph Bannon rink is listed as closed due to mechanical issues, five more are closed for renovation, and one new rink in Scarborough (McCowan District Park) is not finished being built.

At 10.30 a.m. Harbourfront's Natrel Rink (not municipal) is being cleared with a plough-truck: webcam.

Mississauga City Hall is being cleared with a plough-truck: webcam.

On the city's outdoor rinks web page, at 12.30 p.m., 17 rinks are listed as open. The others -- including the covered Greenwood Rink -- are still listed as "covered in snow," although no doubt many are now being cleared. Joseph Bannon rink is listed as closed due to mechanical issues, five more are closed for renovation, and one new rink in Scarborough (McCowan District Park) is not finished being built.

At 12.30 p.m. Harbourfront's Natrel Rink (not municipal) is being resurfaced: webcam.

Mississauga City Hall is cleared and has a handful of skaters: webcam.

On the city's outdoor rinks web page, at 4.30 p.m., 30 rinks are listed as open again. 14 rinks (mainly single pads that share flying-squad ice-resurfacers) are still listed as closed: "covered in snow." Joseph Bannon rink is listed as closed due to mechanical issues, five more are closed for renovation, and one new rink in Scarborough (McCowan District Park) is not finished being built.

On the city's outdoor rinks web page, at 9.30 p.m., only 2 rinks are still listed as closed "covered in snow": Glen Long and North Toronto Memorial. (There has been no new snow for more than 12 hours.)

Sunday Dec.11, 2016

Weather at 6 pm: minus 2 celsius, light snow.

On the city's outdoor rinks web page, at 5.30 p.m. almost all are listed as open. That's remarkable, considering that the snow has been falling pretty steadily. For sure, the "minor" rinks in Etobicoke and the single pads in downtown Toronto (they only get visits from the flying squads) will be snow-covered. Joseph Bannon rink is listed as closed due to mechanical issues, five more are closed for renovation, and one new rink in Scarborough (McCowan District Park) is not finished being built.

At 6 p.m. Harbourfront's Natrel Rink (not municipal) shows lots of skaters on their webcam.

Mississauga City Hall shows lots of skaters on their webcam and rink guards hand-shoveling.

At 9.30 pm, Glen Long, Irving Chapley and Ledbury are marked as closed, all the usual other ones are marked as open.

Saturday Dec.10, 2016

Weather at 1.30 p.m.: minus 2 celsius, sun and cloud. On the city's outdoor rinks web page, at 1.30 p.m. almost all are listed as open. Exceptions: Joseph Bannon is listed as closed due to mechanical issues, plus the 5 + 1 under construction. Summerlea is listed as open but still marked as "Delayed opening due to construction."

Friday Dec. 09, 2016

Weather at 11 a.m.: minus 3 celsius, mainly sunny. On the city's outdoor rinks web page, at 11 a.m. almost all are listed as open. Exceptions: Joseph Bannon is listed as closed due to mechanical issues, plus the 6 + 1 under construction. Same in the evening, except that Summerlea is now listed as open.

Thursday December 08, 2016

Weather at 2.30 p.m.: minus 2 celsius, sun and cloud.

On the city's outdoor rinks web page, at 2.30 p.m. almost all are listed as open. Exceptions: Joseph Bannon is listed as closed due to mechanical issues. Same info at night.

Wednesday Dec.7, 2016

Weather at 1.30 p.m.: 2 celsius, sun and cloud.

At 8 a.m. almost all are listed as open. Exceptions: Broadlands and Irving Chapley rinks are listed as closed due to ice conditions, Joseph Bannon and Rivercrest are listed as closed due to mechanical issues, Ramsden Rink has only the hockey side open.

At 1.30 pm, Rivercrest is marked as open (with Dec.7 in the "season opening" column), the rest are the same.

At 7.30 p.m. this information is unchanged.

Tuesday Dec.6 2016

Weather at 3 p.m.: 5 celsius, mainly cloudy.

At 10 a.m. almost all listed as open. Exceptions: two are listed as closed due to mechanical issues, Ramsden Rink has only the hockey side open.

At 3 pm, Broadlands Rink is closed as well.

At 6 p.m. almost all are listed as open. Exceptions: Broadlands and Irving Chapley rinks are listed as closed due to ice conditions, Joseph Bannon and Rivercrest are listed as closed due to mechanical issues, Ramsden Rink has only the hockey side open.

Monday Dec.5, 2016

Weather at 3 p.m.: 5 celsius, sun and cloud.

10.30 a.m.: Closed due to ice conditions: Glen Long, Hodgson, Regent, Rosedale. Due to covered in snow: Broadlands, Irving Chapley. Mechanical issues: Joseph Bannon, Rivercrest.

12 noon: Glen Long and Irving Chapley are now listed as open.

3.pm. Glen Long closed again, also Regent and Rosedale. Hodgson open. Closures give the same reasons as before, including that Broadlands is supposedly covered in snow. Really?

Saturday Dec.3, 2016

Weather at noon 4 celsius, sun and cloud.

On the city's outdoor rinks web page, nine more rinks were scheduled to open today, Dec.3. Two of those are now listed as "delayed due to mechanical issue": Joseph Bannon and Rivercrest.

On the city's outdoor rinks web page, nine more rinks were scheduled to open today, Dec.3. At 10 a.m., seven of them are now listed as open. The other two are listed as still closed due to mechanical issues. Six more are closed for renovation, and one new rink in Scarborough (McCowan District Park) is not finished.

The city's three-day start-up ice-making (below the "industry standard") got enough help from the weather that it seems to have worked for the most part.

At noon three rinks are listed as closed, two due to "mechanical issues," and Glen Long for "poor ice conditions."

Friday Dec.2, 2016

Weather at 1.30 p.m. 5 celsius, cloudy.

At 10 a.m. today, 35 rinks are listed as open, with only North Toronto Memorial still listed as closed, for unspecified "technical issues."

At 1 p.m. today, 35 rinks are listed as open, with only North Toronto Memorial still listed as closed, for unspecified "technical issues."

At 9 pm, all 36 rinks are listed as open, with the remaining ones due to open tomorrow (except those six that are under construction).

Thursday Dec.1, 2016

Weather at 2 p.m. 6 celsius, cloudy.

At 7 a.m. today, 28 rinks are listed as open. 8 are listed as closed. At 9 a.m., Glen Long was again listed as open.

At 12.30 p.m., Glen Long is again listed as closed, as are Broadlands, Irving Chapley, Mel Lastman, and North Toronto Memorial (all in North district). Royalcrest and Sunnydale are listed as open, so is Ledbury -- all have been often listed as closed since Nov.26.

At 9 p.m., Glen Long is open again, and for the first time in days, so is Irving Chapley. But Broadlands, Mel Lastman, and North Toronto Memorial are still listed as closed.

Wednesday Nov.30, 2016

Weather at 10 a.m. 10 celsius, light rain.

At 10 a.m. today, 29 rinks are listed as open. Sunnydale and Royalcrest, plus five North Toronto rinks -- Broadlands, Irving Chapley, Ledbury, Mel Lastman, and North Toronto Memorial -- are listed as closed.

At 3.30 p.m. today, 28 rinks are listed as open. Sunnydale and Royalcrest, plus six North Toronto rinks -- Broadlands, Glen Long, Irving Chapley, Ledbury, Mel Lastman, and North Toronto Memorial -- are listed as closed.

At 10 p.m. today, 28 rinks are listed as open. Sunnydale and Royalcrest, plus six North Toronto rinks are listed as closed.

Tuesday Nov.29, 2016

Weather at 1.30 p.m. 14 celsius, sun and cloud.

On the city's outdoor rinks web page, 36 city rinks were scheduled to open on Nov.26. At 10 a.m. today, 30 are listed as open. Five North Toronto rinks are listed as closed -- Glen Long, Broadlands, Irving Chapley, Mel Lastman, and North Toronto Memorial -- plus Royalcrest in Etobicoke. Ramsden Rink is open for the first time today.

At 1.30 p.m., 30 are listed as open. Five North Toronto rinks are listed as closed, plus Royalcrest in Etobicoke.

At 9 pm, 28 rinks are listed as open (Sunnydale amd Dieppe hockey pad are added to the closed list).

Monday Nov.28, 2016

Weather at 6.30 pm: 6 celsius, cloud (sunny for 2 hours in the morning).

At 10 a.m., 32 rinks are listed as open. Three North Toronto rinks (Broadlands, Irving Chapley, and North Toronto) are listed as closed, plus Ramsden Rink in central Toronto. At 3.30 and again at 6.30 the list was unchanged.

The reason for the closed rinks appears to be not enough ice-making in the week before. Citywide, there were only three days of ice-making, but the staff got lucky -- light rain on two of the days did some of the work for them. The same short duration may not work for the Dec.3 scheduled openings.

Sunday Nov.27, 2016

Weather at 3.30 pm: 6 celsius, sun and cloud.

At 10 a.m. 33 rinks were marked as open. At noon, even Dieppe was marked as open on both sides.

At 3.30 pm, 28 were marked as open. Closed: Broadlands, Dieppe, Giovanni Caboto, Glen Long, Irving Chapley, North Toronto, Ramsden, Trinity. Note that Ramsden and North Toronto stayed closed from yesterday, but Sherbourne is now listed as open. Four of the others marked as closed are the usual North Toronto rinks.

Nov.26 2016

Weather at noon: 5 celsius, sun and cloud.

The city's website has this notice: Outdoor rink operational status *NEW FEATURE: Updated in real-time* (alerts are only posted for closed statuses, if no notice is posted there are no issues with the rink).

The same page has a wrong media release saying 15 rinks would open today.

12 noon: The outdoor rinks web page called for 36 to be open. A noon, 30 of those are marked as open, 5 of them (Broadlands, Irving Chapley, North Toronto Memorial, Ramsden and Sherbourne) are marked closed, and one (Dieppe) has been marked "service alert" for the past two hours.

1.30 p.m.: Now Mel Lastman Rink is marked closed as well. That makes 4 North York rinks listed as closed: same pattern as other years. Why?

4 p.m.: Mel Lastman Rink is again listed as open, but Dieppe Rink is still marked as "service alert" from 10 a.m. There's no definition what this means. 311 pointed out that the Dieppe website says "hockey rink open, pleasure rink closed." So what this may mean is that Dieppe Rink has continued to have the skating trail problems that were there since construction. Follow-up tomorrow. Since there are no public phone listings for the outdoor rinks, rink users have to go to the rinks and see for themselves.

10 p.m.: Dieppe Rink still marked as hockey side only, and Glen Long is also listed as closed, making 4 out of 8 North region rinks closed, plus Sherbourne and Ramsden in South region. All west (Etobicoke) rinks are listed as open. Does that mean that this year -- unlike the last two years -- they turned on the two pleasure-skating rinks (West Mall and Rennie) on time?


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