7pm: 12- 15 shinny players, no pleasure skaters, no helmets. They are playing one game together. Looks like fun.
Friday Dec.25 2009
2.30 pm (rain). 1 skater, no helmet.
Wednesday Dec.30 2009
22 shinny players going after one puck
beaten-up bulletin board, out-of-date sign
Numbers at 3:30 pm: 22 shinny players (2 helmets), 25 pleasure-skaters, 13 people inside. Staff: one building attendant, one zamboni driver.
The building attendant was on his cellphone the whole time so it was not possible to ask him any questions, except to let him know that there was no toilet paper in any of the three stalls in the women's washroom. At my request, he obligingly paused talking for a moment and gave me three rolls so that I could put one on each roller.
The changeroom is dingy and ugly despite a recent coat of paint, and it seems that many skaters prefer to sit on the broad windowsill of the bright hallway across from the staff counter, to change into their skates.
There is a bulletin board outside the rink, with frayed plywood that long ago lost its paint. The locked glass cover at the bottom of the board has only one faded, undated "Season's Greetings" sign with a holiday skating schedule that appears to be from some years back.
On the rink the many pleasure-skating families looked happy and even the numerous shinny players swirling around one puck seemed pleased.
Tuesday Jan.12 2010, e-mail from S.B. to City Councillor Paula Fletcher, cc CityRinks
To whom it may concern,
Iíd like to meet some neighbours and take our young children pleasure skating at Greenwood rink this weekend. Iím confused about the actual hours versus those posted in the schedule.
The schedule says that pleasure skating is from 11am-5:30pm on Sunday but I asked the rink attendant last night and she thought that it was really open from 9am-10pm. Also, weekday pleasure skating reads 1-10pm. Is there no access earlier? She thought that the rink might be open but not the building. This is important to know because if thatís the case, thereís no place to sit outside to change into skates. And people get cold.
Iíd love for someone to please clarify before making the effort of bundling up a toddler for skating this weekend.
January 13 2010, e-mail to CityRinks from S.B., which CityRinks forwarded to Parks Director Andy Koropeski
Here are some simple (and some urgent) improvements for Greenwood Rink:
-Repair uneven sidewalk from bottom of stairs to rink. Rubber mats laid over uneven walkway are a serious hazard. Cut rubber mat and lay properly on stairs.
-keep ball park floodlights on later for people cutting across park to rink from Greenwood Avenue and for tobogganers
-turn up heat in front room; much warmer in changerooms, but changerooms are windowless and dreary.
-more seating in front room and outside. Move some of the unused benches inside the changeroom to front room and outside around rink
-work order for water fountain in front room. Water is warm and spills over onto floor.
-remove pile of garbage bags from entrance to rinkhouse & regularly clean-up garbage around rink and building.
Wednesday Jan.13 2010
From S.B.: At about 9:45pm, teenagers emerged from all directions with sticks and skates. I asked a girl hanging out on the wall if she knew what was going on and she told me that they enter the rink from a gap in the wooden fence along the west side and that the lights stay on until 11:45. As I was leaving I saw them climbing through the gap.
For women's shinny, we had 10 women shinny players. Last week they told me they had to kick off 20 men who wouldnít even get off for the zamboni to flood.
Wednesday Jan.13 2010, email from Recreation Supervisor Michael Ellison to S.B., forwarded to CityRinks:
Thank you for your email sent January 12, 2010 regarding the outdoor ice rink at Greenwood Park concerning the operational hours at Greenwood Park. The rink is open from 9:00 am-10:00 pm Monday to Sunday, However the building is only open Monday to Saturday 1:00 pm -10:00 pm and 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on Sunday. We are not able to leave to building open and unsupervised for safety and security reasons.
We will continue to work with all individuals to improve the customer service and experience for all participants who use our facilities.
Parks, Forestry & Recreation strives for high standards in our service delivery, and welcomes input from our participants to continue such delivery, please free to contact Michael Ellison, Supervisor of Community Recreation, Parks, Forestry & Recreation at 416 392-5143 or [email protected] should you require further information or have any questions.
Thursday January 14 2010, email from S.B. to Recreation Supervisor Michael Ellison, cc'd to CityRinks
Thanks for your attention to my query. I trust that the public schedule will be updated to reflect the actual skating times and that the rinkhouse hours will be noted. I also hope that some benches will be moved outdoors so that people have a place to put on skates when the building is locked. Unfortunate that the building canít be open longer.
Thursday January 14 2010, email from Jutta Mason (CityRinks) to S.B., cc Michael Ellison and Parks Director Andy Koropeski
If a zamboni driver is scheduled to be on site for two shifts per day at Greenwood, there is no reason why the rink change area cannot be open and available to the public from 9 a.m.
The other outdoor rinks where this is the current practice (mornings) are:
Rennie, High Park, Giovanni Caboto, Humber Valley, Martingrove, Prince of Wales, Sir Adam Beck, Sunnydale, West Mall and Westway rinks. In all these rinks, even when the zamboni driver has to check on another rink or do an errand, the changerooms/washrooms are open and accessible to the public from 9 a.m.
The only thing I'm aware of that's different about Greenwood is that it has higher usage than any of those other rinks, with the exception of Rennie. I have copied the Parks director, Andy Koropeski, for his comment.