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Dufferin (Double Pad) Rink Profile

Built before 1955, rebuilt in 1992.
Compressors: 150 hp. Two 75 hp from 1993. New electric motor for condenser installed in 2014

Opened: Nov.26, 2016
Closing: TBA

Rink change area: Rink house converted to "clubhouse" (open to all Toronto residents, visitors welcome too). Wood stove, games, toys, lots of lockers, snack bar. Friday night suppers with emphasis on families. Clubhouse hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Skate loans ($2). Rink house unavailable for changing during weekly organic farmers' market (Thursdays 1pm-8pm), but lots of benches set up outside. Groups can book (by email) to have campfires beside the rink house (no indoor birthday permits available).

Staff:

Helmet use: Not enforced for shinny players - only leisure skaters under six

Cityrinks.ca position paper: are helmets overrated for concussions? Should shinny hockey players be forced to wear a helmet?

Maintenance: Zamboni. Ice is cleaned four times a day: Monday - Friday at 8 a.m., 3:15 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 8:55 p.m.; Saturday at 8 a.m., 1:30p.m., 5:15 p.m., 8:45 p.m.; Sunday at 8 a.m., (1:30 p.m. if busy), 4:45 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:45 p.m..


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


Low-sun November 25, 2012: 2pm, 8 celsius, no problem

woodstove in the rink clubhouse
 

Rink Diary

Rink Diary 2016 - 2017


Nov.26, 2017: time to unlock the rink gates and go in
Nov.26, 2016

The rink opened at 9 a.m. and the first skates were rented out by 10.30 -- with I.D. despite management's concern that taking I.D. amounts to an "invasion of privacy."

E-mail on the Dufferin Grove list: "I'm taking 3 Syrian kids skating tomorrow afternoon at the rink -- this will be their first winter activity ever, which is kind of cool. I was planning on renting skates for them at the rink but when I was there this afternoon there were VERY few pairs available, and I'm worried we won't be able to get on the ice!"

 
Nov.23, 2016

the last of the sticks for the cancelled "try shinny hockey" program

It turns out there are 8 helmets, plus a few gloves and some tired-looking hockey sticks. The young kids' "try-out-shinny-hockey" program is no more. The staff have been told that there will be no hockey gloves or sticks to replace the many that disappeared last season. Some of the same staff who ran that program into the ground last years have been scheduled to work again this year.

Nov.22, 2016

Three workers are cleaning off leaves with hot water. All three are wearing helmets, so the health and safety rules have gone to this level for the first time ever. The workers say that this year ice making will happen in the evenings, not in the daytime.

The piles of leaves that were never removed at the other end of the rink seems to be mostly gone. However, all the leaves that got stuck on the pad when the compressors were turned on are still stuck there. Lots of remediation left to do, just because the leaves weren't blown off or raked up when it was the right time.


workers thawing the leaves out with hot water

lots of leaves still frozen onto the pad

In the evening there were no more rink workers, and no ice making either. The hot water from the attempts to get the leaves off had frozen into rough ice puddles but otherwise the rink showed no evidence of ice-making, and was still snow-covered in places from yesterday's small snowfall. In the rink house there was one staff person doing dishes. The skate lending room is tidy and ready to go, although the collection has started at the point where it left off last season, with many skates missing and only four helmets left (out of 40).


lots of leaves frozen into the puddles

skates lending room, only four helmets left
 
Nov.21, 2016

Nov.21: lots of leaves frozen in already

The compressors are on and the skateboard equipment has been moved off the pad, but there are plenty of leaves in piles near enough to be carried right onto the rink pad -- where many are already frozen onto the cement.

Nov.19, 2016

The hockey side of the rink is clean but the pleasure-skating side has lots of leaves. Both sides have equipment standing on them (bike polo nets, skateboard ramps). Compressors are not on.

Rink Diary 2015 - 2016

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Views of the rink

A bit of Dufferin Rink history: the rink clubhouse

posted March 24, 2014

Adapted from the 2011 series “Winter Stories,” by Jutta Mason


the original rink house

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Once Upon a Time, Dufferin Rink, 1960
By Lillian Michiko Blakey

From the Toronto Archives: In 1955 the City of Toronto ran six permanent outdoor artificial ice rinks – High Park, Earlscourt, Alexandra, Greenwood, Eglinton, and Dufferin, There were also four portable (?) artificial ice rinks – Rosedale, Ramsden, Queen Alexandra School, and Kew. Children were charged 35 cents to skate (adults 60 cents).

Skating was popular. As an example, attendance at Dufferin Grove on Sunday Dec.11 1955 was 800. High Park, Eglinton and Earlscourt were even higher at 962, 958, and 861. A Toronto Star editorial on Jan3 1958 grumbled: "If Sardines Skated They'd Choose Toronto."

There was a request to provide concessions (snack bars) at Earlscourt and Dufferin rinks. But the request was denied by the Parks authorities.

For the city's general skating schedule, go to Dufferin Rink, then click on Skating.

For specific schedules click on Shinny schedule or Leisure skating schedule

A pdf of the local rink schedule is found here: PDF schedule

Other details can be found at the local rink website: dufferinpark.ca

Rink Diary 2016-2017

Rink Diary 2016 - 2017


Nov.26, 2017: time to unlock the rink gates and go in
Nov.26, 2016

The rink opened at 9 a.m. and the first skates were rented out by 10.30 -- with I.D. despite management's concern that taking I.D. amounts to an "invasion of privacy."

E-mail on the Dufferin Grove list: "I'm taking 3 Syrian kids skating tomorrow afternoon at the rink -- this will be their first winter activity ever, which is kind of cool. I was planning on renting skates for them at the rink but when I was there this afternoon there were VERY few pairs available, and I'm worried we won't be able to get on the ice!"

 
Nov.23, 2016

the last of the sticks for the cancelled "try shinny hockey" program

It turns out there are 8 helmets, plus a few gloves and some tired-looking hockey sticks. The young kids' "try-out-shinny-hockey" program is no more. The staff have been told that there will be no hockey gloves or sticks to replace the many that disappeared last season. Some of the same staff who ran that program into the ground last years have been scheduled to work again this year.

Nov.22, 2016

Three workers are cleaning off leaves with hot water. All three are wearing helmets, so the health and safety rules have gone to this level for the first time ever. The workers say that this year ice making will happen in the evenings, not in the daytime.

The piles of leaves that were never removed at the other end of the rink seems to be mostly gone. However, all the leaves that got stuck on the pad when the compressors were turned on are still stuck there. Lots of remediation left to do, just because the leaves weren't blown off or raked up when it was the right time.


workers thawing the leaves out with hot water

lots of leaves still frozen onto the pad

In the evening there were no more rink workers, and no ice making either. The hot water from the attempts to get the leaves off had frozen into rough ice puddles but otherwise the rink showed no evidence of ice-making, and was still snow-covered in places from yesterday's small snowfall. In the rink house there was one staff person doing dishes. The skate lending room is tidy and ready to go, although the collection has started at the point where it left off last season, with many skates missing and only four helmets left (out of 40).


lots of leaves frozen into the puddles

skates lending room, only four helmets left
 
Nov.21, 2016

Nov.21: lots of leaves frozen in already

The compressors are on and the skateboard equipment has been moved off the pad, but there are plenty of leaves in piles near enough to be carried right onto the rink pad -- where many are already frozen onto the cement.

Nov.19, 2016

The hockey side of the rink is clean but the pleasure-skating side has lots of leaves. Both sides have equipment standing on them (bike polo nets, skateboard ramps). Compressors are not on.

Rink Diary 2015 - 2016

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Rink Diaries from previous years

 


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