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Rink diary 2017 - 2018

Dec.31, 2017, from Beth Binnington

Dec.30, 2017

I'd like to report that East Lynn Park natural ice skating rink is up and running before New Year's. It was started December 25th and the first skaters were seen December 28th. Weather has been great for rink building but hopefully it will warm up just a little so outdoor skating can be more pleasurable for the smaller kids! So far the 'lower' rink is ready and suitable for skating or a shinny game. Since the forecast is so promising we are now widening it and starting the upper, pleasure-skating rink.

 

Rink diaries from earlier years:

Rink diary 2016

Jan.23, 2016

main rink for shinny hockey

this year, a kind of maze(?) for pleasure-skating
 

Rink diary 2015

January 15 2015

An excellent rink this year, three kids playing shinny hockey at 9 pm. Ice maker Beth Binnington said they started on January 9, and three days later the little kids could already skate on the small part of the rink.

This rink has better lighting than Queensway Rink (one of the city's official compressor-cooled rinks). There are two strong lights up on a pole -- similar to the lighting at Sorauren, Beresford and Fairmount natural rinks. Even so, the three shinny players lost their pucks a lot, since there are no boards to stop them. Beth said that in spring when the snow melts, they always find pucks in the grass.


Rink Diary 2013

East Lynn Park

Jan. 5. 2014 from Beth Binnington

We did start later than we could have weather-wise, a combination of pre-Christmas business, ice-storm distraction, and just not trusting it could stay that cold so early in the winter. I've attached a picture of this year's rink, taken from the toboggan hill on East Lynn Ave. Today, Sun. Jan. 5th, we had a very good turn-out with the mild weather. I'll send updates as we go, the weather this week will be a challenge I think.

Jan 4, 2014 from rink ice-maker Beth Binnington

We started the rink on Monday Dec. 30, and went at it pretty hard to take advantage of the excellent ice-making weather this past week. Our first skater braved the still bumpy ice on Wednesday and our first evening shinny game took place last night, Friday Jan. 3. The conditions allowed for one of the fastest start-ups I've seen; a sheet of base-ice from the ice-storm, followed by minus 20C temperatures. The rink is ready now for skaters of all skill levels.



January 8, 2013

view from the hillside

three rinks

light standard and park field house

bumpy ice
Feb.2 2013, from rink ice-maker Beth Binnington

As of Feb. 2 we have got the rink up and running again after the brief thaw. The rink is well-used on the weekends.

Feb.7 2013, from rink ice-maker Beth Binnington

rink on Feb.3

We currently have a crew of 3 rink-makers and no formal schedule; we just watch the forecast and plan maintenance/flooding times a few days in advance. The main two challenges with the East Lynn Park rink are that it sits on a slope, and square in the middle is a drainage grate which leads to the buried creek which used to run through the park. The drain is blocked with rigid foam insulation and a plastic sheet at the start of the season; once we get a good base it isn't much of a problem any more. The drain and slope obviously are a big challenge during a warm winter though, but not counting the January thaw, this has been one of the better rink-making years of the last 8 years or so.

We try to make the rink large enough to accommodate a shinny game and pleasure skating. At the north end, our more artistic crew-man likes to build interesting paths and mini-rinks to make skating fun and it's quite popular with kids learning how to skate.

Feb.18 2013, from rink ice-maker Beth Binnington

hockey at the rink on Family Day

it's been a challenge recently with the heavy snowfall then warm temperatures. We managed to salvage the lower, main rink and the upper part has been transformed into a slalom skateway. I'm attaching picures from Sunday Feb. 3, before the snowstorm, and today- Feb 18 (Family Day). The rink was very busy today with a steady stream of skaters of all ages and experience levels.


Family Day

slalom skateway

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Rink Diary2012-2013

East Lynn Park

Jan. 5. 2014 from Beth Binnington

We did start later than we could have weather-wise, a combination of pre-Christmas business, ice-storm distraction, and just not trusting it could stay that cold so early in the winter. I've attached a picture of this year's rink, taken from the toboggan hill on East Lynn Ave. Today, Sun. Jan. 5th, we had a very good turn-out with the mild weather. I'll send updates as we go, the weather this week will be a challenge I think.

Jan 4, 2014 from rink ice-maker Beth Binnington

We started the rink on Monday Dec. 30, and went at it pretty hard to take advantage of the excellent ice-making weather this past week. Our first skater braved the still bumpy ice on Wednesday and our first evening shinny game took place last night, Friday Jan. 3. The conditions allowed for one of the fastest start-ups I've seen; a sheet of base-ice from the ice-storm, followed by minus 20C temperatures. The rink is ready now for skaters of all skill levels.



January 8, 2013

view from the hillside

three rinks

light standard and park field house

bumpy ice
Feb.2 2013, from rink ice-maker Beth Binnington

As of Feb. 2 we have got the rink up and running again after the brief thaw. The rink is well-used on the weekends.

Feb.7 2013, from rink ice-maker Beth Binnington

rink on Feb.3

We currently have a crew of 3 rink-makers and no formal schedule; we just watch the forecast and plan maintenance/flooding times a few days in advance. The main two challenges with the East Lynn Park rink are that it sits on a slope, and square in the middle is a drainage grate which leads to the buried creek which used to run through the park. The drain is blocked with rigid foam insulation and a plastic sheet at the start of the season; once we get a good base it isn't much of a problem any more. The drain and slope obviously are a big challenge during a warm winter though, but not counting the January thaw, this has been one of the better rink-making years of the last 8 years or so.

We try to make the rink large enough to accommodate a shinny game and pleasure skating. At the north end, our more artistic crew-man likes to build interesting paths and mini-rinks to make skating fun and it's quite popular with kids learning how to skate.

Feb.18 2013, from rink ice-maker Beth Binnington

hockey at the rink on Family Day

it's been a challenge recently with the heavy snowfall then warm temperatures. We managed to salvage the lower, main rink and the upper part has been transformed into a slalom skateway. I'm attaching picures from Sunday Feb. 3, before the snowstorm, and today- Feb 18 (Family Day). The rink was very busy today with a steady stream of skaters of all ages and experience levels.


Family Day

slalom skateway
 

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