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Dieppe (Double Pad) Rink Profile

Built in 1974
Compressors: 180 hp, pump #1: 40 hp, pump #2: 25 hp.
Current refrigeration system and boards installed 2014

City of Toronto Youtube post showing the new rink and new compressor room.

Opened: hockey side only on Nov.26, 2016
Closing: TBA

Rink change area: Very bright with good visibility of rink. Rink staff office has no windows but has the look of a friendly hang-out; door kept open. No food. But often locked, e.g. Saturday mornings. Why?

Staff: Friendly staff who know their rink.

Equipment and Maintenance: Own zamboni in a heated garage. The ice is resurfaced by a flying squad in the morning, with an operator on site afternoon/evening/weekend. 9 shifts.


new skating trail and new hockey rink

Very bright rink change room, but often locked
Dieppe Rink early history here
 

Comments about this rink: e-mail us at rinkissues@cityrinks.ca.


 

Rink Diary

2016 - 2017

Nov.26 2016

4 p.m.: Dieppe Rink is still marked as "service alert" from 10 a.m. There's no definition what this means. 311 pointed out that the city's Dieppe web page also 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.


Rink diaries from earlier years:

2015 - 2016

March 10, 2016

This rink closed for the season today, although it was scheduled to stay open until March 20.

January 6, 2016, email from cityrinks to City Councillor Fragedakis:

The rink house at Dieppe Rink is still closed too much of the time (e.g. on Saturday and Sunday mornings, family time when ALL other double-pad rink change rooms across the city are open).

But there's progress -- last year the new rink house was closed on New Year's Day but this year it was open and packed. A very friendly scene, on both rinks and inside, full of new year's greetings between neighbours. Here are our pictures.

How nice to see. Now, a suggestion: can you get Recreation to open your bright new building in the mornings too? So that teachers can bring school classes and caregivers can bring young kids not in school? Those groups need a warm place to change/visit with each other/thaw out, and washrooms. The staffing cost of a single building attendant, for the additional hours, is really minimal.

Just a suggestion, for parity with other double-pad rinks.

January 1, 2016

Last year on New Year's day the rink building was locked, but this year at noon you could tell right away that it wasn't -- the parking lot was full of cars and people were parking in the overflow area. A cheerful scene inside the change room -- filled with people changing into skates, talking to their kids, and calling out "happy New Year!" And even as we were leaving, more people were pouring in.


parking lot -- full!

inside the change room

pleasure-skating trail

banner -- the Leafs are coming January 11

There are two big banners put up across each end of the rink, inviting people to a Leafs practice on January 11. A young rink guard said that the Leafs are donating a new water fountain for the change room "and a zamboni." I said, "really? Are you sure?" He said actually he wasn't sure, the just thought it might be true He had also heard that the Leafs were going to make the place look better because a big Leafs logo was going to added at centre ice.


shinny hockey

easy-to-read holiday shinny schedule
 
Dec.23 2015

This rink is one of two city rinks marked as "closed due to weather" today.

Dec.11, 2015

A very warm day -- the rink is covered with a thin sheet of water att 11.30 a.m. The building is closed, as it is so often.


11.30 a.m.

being a good skater helps
 

2014-2015

Jan.1, 2015 (New Year's Day)

At 11.50 the rink changeroom/washroom building was locked. There were many people skating on the trail and playing shinny hockey. It was a windy cold day and people squatted on the rubber mats to put on their skates, looking quite uncomfortable. Many people tried the change room doors (there was no sign), but were unsuccessful.


New Years' Day: lots of pleasure-skaters

lots of shinny hockey players

doors to change room, washrooms locked, sign is blank

no change room for putting on skates? there's always the car
 

A problem with the HOLIDAY HOURS: it appears on the city's rink information website/311 that almost all of the city's rinks will have their changerooms/washrooms locked on the three main holidays: Christmas Day, Boxing Day (yes!), and New Year's Day. You can skate on most of the rinks but you can't get your kids out of the cold to change their skates and you can't take them to the washroom. This is true for Dieppe Rink.

What's the message here -- "you should be drinking, not skating" -- ?

Dec.2 2014

The rink re-opened.

Nov.30 2014

This rink opened for the season on Nov.29, but was shut down on Nov.30 due to "thin ice and warm weather" (most of the other rinks held their ice, since it was cloudy).

 

2013-2014

Saturday Dec.7 2013

At 10.30 a.m. the rink had plenty of skaters on the skating trail and a good shinny game going on as well. But the change room was locked! A sign said that the change room never opens until 12.30 (noon) except on Saturdays, when it's supposed to open at 9. But it didn't. So this is the only double pad rink in the city that doesn't allow morning access to its washrooms and change room. Too bad, because it was just rebuilt.

The ice looked good except in two strips that go right across one end of the skating trail. There is obviously a problem with the pipes, so that the ice is chippy and soft in those strips -- must be the places where people have reported tripping.


lively scene on Saturday morning

zamboni garage, well-located

strip of soft ice across trail

second strip of soft ice

10.30 a.m. Saturday -- rink change room locked

sign: change room is locked until 12.30 every day but Saturday

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Views of the rink

Dieppe Rink
Dieppe Changeroom

From The City of Toronto Website 2014-15

For the skating schedule, go to Dieppe, then click on Drop-in programs then click on Skating.

shinny hockey only

Notes

posted December 20, 2005

  • Helmets: Helmets mandatory all the time.
  • To book permits call Nancy Aranha at 416-392-0361.
  • The staff person on duty when we visited was very friendly and had a long litany of complaints: burnt out flourescents that had not been replaced in a year, no way to keep the pucks from sliding under the gate onto the pleasure side, a major leak in the men's washroom, a problem with the phone line, and no supply of garbage bags.
  • The vending machine in the rinkhouse does not work.

Rink Diary

2016 - 2017

Nov.26 2016

4 p.m.: Dieppe Rink is still marked as "service alert" from 10 a.m. There's no definition what this means. 311 pointed out that the city's Dieppe web page also 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.


Rink diaries from earlier years:

2015 - 2016

March 10, 2016

This rink closed for the season today, although it was scheduled to stay open until March 20.

January 6, 2016, email from cityrinks to City Councillor Fragedakis:

The rink house at Dieppe Rink is still closed too much of the time (e.g. on Saturday and Sunday mornings, family time when ALL other double-pad rink change rooms across the city are open).

But there's progress -- last year the new rink house was closed on New Year's Day but this year it was open and packed. A very friendly scene, on both rinks and inside, full of new year's greetings between neighbours. Here are our pictures.

How nice to see. Now, a suggestion: can you get Recreation to open your bright new building in the mornings too? So that teachers can bring school classes and caregivers can bring young kids not in school? Those groups need a warm place to change/visit with each other/thaw out, and washrooms. The staffing cost of a single building attendant, for the additional hours, is really minimal.

Just a suggestion, for parity with other double-pad rinks.

January 1, 2016

Last year on New Year's day the rink building was locked, but this year at noon you could tell right away that it wasn't -- the parking lot was full of cars and people were parking in the overflow area. A cheerful scene inside the change room -- filled with people changing into skates, talking to their kids, and calling out "happy New Year!" And even as we were leaving, more people were pouring in.


parking lot -- full!

inside the change room

pleasure-skating trail

banner -- the Leafs are coming January 11

There are two big banners put up across each end of the rink, inviting people to a Leafs practice on January 11. A young rink guard said that the Leafs are donating a new water fountain for the change room "and a zamboni." I said, "really? Are you sure?" He said actually he wasn't sure, the just thought it might be true He had also heard that the Leafs were going to make the place look better because a big Leafs logo was going to added at centre ice.


shinny hockey

easy-to-read holiday shinny schedule
 
Dec.23 2015

This rink is one of two city rinks marked as "closed due to weather" today.

Dec.11, 2015

A very warm day -- the rink is covered with a thin sheet of water att 11.30 a.m. The building is closed, as it is so often.


11.30 a.m.

being a good skater helps
 

2014-2015

Jan.1, 2015 (New Year's Day)

At 11.50 the rink changeroom/washroom building was locked. There were many people skating on the trail and playing shinny hockey. It was a windy cold day and people squatted on the rubber mats to put on their skates, looking quite uncomfortable. Many people tried the change room doors (there was no sign), but were unsuccessful.


New Years' Day: lots of pleasure-skaters

lots of shinny hockey players

doors to change room, washrooms locked, sign is blank

no change room for putting on skates? there's always the car
 

A problem with the HOLIDAY HOURS: it appears on the city's rink information website/311 that almost all of the city's rinks will have their changerooms/washrooms locked on the three main holidays: Christmas Day, Boxing Day (yes!), and New Year's Day. You can skate on most of the rinks but you can't get your kids out of the cold to change their skates and you can't take them to the washroom. This is true for Dieppe Rink.

What's the message here -- "you should be drinking, not skating" -- ?

Dec.2 2014

The rink re-opened.

Nov.30 2014

This rink opened for the season on Nov.29, but was shut down on Nov.30 due to "thin ice and warm weather" (most of the other rinks held their ice, since it was cloudy).

 

2013-2014

Saturday Dec.7 2013

At 10.30 a.m. the rink had plenty of skaters on the skating trail and a good shinny game going on as well. But the change room was locked! A sign said that the change room never opens until 12.30 (noon) except on Saturdays, when it's supposed to open at 9. But it didn't. So this is the only double pad rink in the city that doesn't allow morning access to its washrooms and change room. Too bad, because it was just rebuilt.

The ice looked good except in two strips that go right across one end of the skating trail. There is obviously a problem with the pipes, so that the ice is chippy and soft in those strips -- must be the places where people have reported tripping.


lively scene on Saturday morning

zamboni garage, well-located

strip of soft ice across trail

second strip of soft ice

10.30 a.m. Saturday -- rink change room locked

sign: change room is locked until 12.30 every day but Saturday

Diary 2011 - 2012
Diary 2010 - 2011
Rink Diary 2009 - 2010
Diary 2008-2009
Diary 2007 -2008
Rink Diary 2006 - 2007
Rink Diary 2003 - 2004


To see the (2007-2008) report card, click here

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