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2009-2010 season: November 21, 2009 to March 14, 2010
Dufferin Rink has two skating pads. Typically one side is used for pleasure skating, and the other for shinny - see the schedule for details.
Monday – Friday before 9 p.m.:
After 9 pm:
9:00pm - 11:00pm on the pleasure pad: pond-style shinny with shinny nets
Hockey pad: Monday 9:00pm - seasonal permit; Tuesday 9:00-11:00pm - Women’s open shinny; Wednesday 9:00pm - 10:00pm - seasonal permit, Wednesday 10:00pm - 11:00pm - “beginner” shinny registered program (email Dan at [email protected] to register); Thursday 9:00pm: seasonal permit; Friday 9:00pm: seasonal permit
Monday - Saturday
Monday & Friday the rink opens at 10:00am due to additional ice maintenance.
9:00pm - 11:00pm the pleasure pad is open unsupervised. There's usually a pond-style shinny game there, with shinny nets.
Rink clubhouse: open Monday to Sunday: 9:00am - 9:00pm
Zamboni Cafe Snackbar: Monday-Sunday 10:00am - 8:30pm
Shinny hockey: same hours as the rink clubhouse except Sundays. There is a (strictly enforced) age schedule. If you ever see the wrong age group on the shinny ice, do us a favour and notify the rink staff right away.
Pleasure-skating: always freely available. After 9:00pm, skating is unsupervised. Then it's like skating on a pond: shinny hockey and pleasure-skating are sometimes happening at the same time and people are responsible for their own use of the rink.
The large rink lights turn off after 11:00pm, and then the rink is locked.
Parking: The best place to park is at the Dufferin Mall across the street.
Skaters are required to leave the ice during zamboni maintenance.
Daily Zamboni Ice Maintenance 7:00am - 9:00am
EXTRA ZAMBONI ICE MAINTENANCE EVERY Monday & Friday until 10:00am (starting 7:00am).
The hockey pad is usually scraped first.
Monday to Friday: 3:15pm, 7:00pm (changed from 6:30pm), 8:55pm
Thursday: Zamboni is parked on the basketball court at 12:00pm (to make room for the Thursday Organic Farmers' Market in the rinkhouse).
Saturday: before 9:00am, 1:30pm, 5:15pm, 8:55pm
Sunday: before 9:00am, 4:55pm, 8:00pm
Are you a wannabe shinny hockey player? Dufferin Rink offers an hour of protected drop-in shinny hockey time for real beginners (we call them Level One, which means you might not even be that good at skating backwards), Sunday nights from 9:30pm - 11:00pm. None of the Dufferin Rink hot shots are allowed on the ice during that time, and no hot-shot Level Two Beginners either (if that's you, go to the Level Two shinny times at Christie Rink on Tuesdays or Wallace Rink of Thursdays). No need to register, and it's free, with a staff resource person on the ice who will pass to you, help you with drills, and give you pointers if you want. Or you can just practice as you choose. Space is limited each night to 30 players, and is on a first come first serve basis. For more information, e-mail [email protected] or call the park at 416 392-0913. Ask for Dan.
Are you new to skating, and want to try out the national game? Dufferin Rink offers skills practice and protected shinny hockey time for Level One beginner skaters, Wednesday nights from 10:00pm - 11:00pm. None of the Dufferin Rink hot shots are allowed on the ice during that time, not even the Level Two Beginner hot-shots. A resource person will be there to help you improve your skills through exercises, drills and organized games. This program is for those who are new to skating. It's a free registered program. Space is limited. For more information or to sign up e-mail [email protected], or call 416 392-0913. Ask for Dan.
Local youth: get together a group of 12 or more and play shinny on the hockey pad on a Saturday night, 9:00pm - 11:00pm. Contact Mayssan or Sarah at [email protected] for more information. Free registered program, $50 deposit required - once you play, you get it back.
IN THE EVENT OF SNOW, IF RINK USERS HELP STAFF IN CLEARING THE ICE, THE RINK OPENS FASTER. WE HAVE LOTS OF SHOVELS, OR BRING YOURS FROM HOME.
RINK CONTACTS: 416 392-0913 or [email protected]
RINK PHONE MESSAGE WILL TELL YOU CURRENT ICE SKATING CONDITIONS