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Harry Gairey/Alexandra/Scadding (Double Pad) Rink Profile

Built in 1958
Two 75 hp and one 50 hp compressor: total of 200 hp. Main pump is 40 hp and the slow pump is 20 hp. Glycol.
Current slab, header trench and lights, and glycol refrigeration system installed in 2006

Opening: Nov.24, 2018
Closing: TBA

Rink change area Adjacent to rink, used as the swimming pool change room in summer. One large eye-level window plus the glass in the door, both covered by metal screens for a "project" look. Lots of places to sit, strips of matting on the floor. Lockers.

Staff: A rink guard and a building attendant in the afternoon/evening. Friendly but often looking bored.

Maintenance: Has a zamboni on site plus a weekday evening zamboni operator, daytime and evening on weekends. Flooded three times daily or "as needed." Good ice.

 

view of the rink from Bathurst Street

a beautiful sunny day for skating
 

Comments about this rink: e-mail us at [email protected].


 

Rink Diary

2018 - 2019

 


Rink diaries from earlier years:

2017 - 2018

Dec.8, 2017

This rink has had a slow start this year -- it's not unusual for staff to outnumber skaters in the daytime.

 


Loaner skates at Wallace Rink, 2014
September 11, 2017

A letter was sent to the city councillor, offering a donation of a complete skate loan collection for this rink.

Our reasons:
* people love to borrow skates: newcomers, school classes, kids and youth who grew out of their skates
* we have 110 skates, 20 hockey sticks, 20 helmets to donate
* this kind of program has been done by city staff for 12 years at Dufferin Rink, 9 years at Wallace and Campbell -- lots of experienced staff, each one teach one
* staff often have time on their hands to lend skates and also to maintain skates
* the city has insurance that can cover this (the city is self-insured under $5 million anyway), but skate lending programs are rarely threatened with a claim if they do responsible skate maintenance.

Offer declined (actually -- ignored).

 

2016 - 2017

no entries


 

2015 - 2016

March 10, 2016

March 9, 2016, 7.45 pm

This rink was closed for the season today.

March 9, 2016

The rink has the pleasure-skating pad listed as closed and the hockey pad listed as open. They both seemed more or less equally water-covered, but with lots of ice. At 7.45 pm, three hockey players were hitting a plastic water bottle around with their sticks, and cheering when it moved any distance through the water. A puck moved also, but never very far.

 
January 16, 2016

Saturday morning 'hockey in the neighbourhood' session -- MLSE logo on the back, Tim Horton's logo on the front
 
Dec.30 2015

The hockey side was listed as open at 10 a.m. The pleasure-skating side was still listed as "snow-covered."

Dec.29, 2015

The rink was closed all day because of the the snow/rain mixture overnight.

Dec.25 2015

The rink was listed as closed but the ice was fine.

Dec.15, 2015

hockey side, layer of water on top of good ice

pleasure-skating side, curling circles on top of nice thick ice
 
Nov.23, 2015

This rink is popular and yet an orphan -- so many of its details show the lack of care. But still better than formerly. Is that enough?

It has lots of potential as a neighbourhood social space -- there's so much room in the rink house (pool building in summer). Ten years ago there were grandiose plans to knock down the building and put up a new one. That would have been a waste of money. But with very little money, the existing space could become a gathering spot.


pleasure-skating side, graffiti from summertime skateboard guys

compressors on, steam coming from condenser

hockey side is pretty clean

leaves stuck on pleasure-skating side

door looks beat up and slummy

bulletin board almost empty, no opening notice
 

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Views of the rink

This Rink has two skating pads. Typically one side is used for pleasure skating (during hours when rink is staffed), and the other for shinny.

From The City of Toronto Website 2014-15

For the skating schedule, go to Harry Gairey, then click on drop-in programs then click on Skating.

shinny hockey only

Notes


Harry Gairey plaque on rink bulletin board

Where does the name come from? The park bulletin board has a bronze plaque: Harry Ralph Gairey, 1894 - 1993. The "grand old man" of the African Canadian community, will be remembered for his love and compassion for people, and his tireless work as a community and social activist.

In 1947, he successfully lobbied City Council to change its discriminatory practices at its recreation facilities, and in so doing laid the foundation for accessibility to all recreation programs and services.

Art work donated by the Harriet Tubman Community Organization on behalf of the African Canadian Community. Dedicated January 24, 1996.

Read the story here: http://torontoist.com/2010/03/historicist_icy_discrimination/ (snapshot)

Helmets: Not enforced for adults.

Children's hockey: This rink has a very large children's hockey program on Saturdays, called "Hockey in the Neighbourhood." It features free equipment and skates, a gift from the NHL Players' Association.

Green rink shovels: Rink users are not permitted to shovel ice surface, only city staff may remove snow.

Women's hockey: No women's shinny or skating classes available at this time.

Rink Diary

2018 - 2019

 


Rink diaries from earlier years:

2017 - 2018

Dec.8, 2017

This rink has had a slow start this year -- it's not unusual for staff to outnumber skaters in the daytime.

 


Loaner skates at Wallace Rink, 2014
September 11, 2017

A letter was sent to the city councillor, offering a donation of a complete skate loan collection for this rink.

Our reasons:
* people love to borrow skates: newcomers, school classes, kids and youth who grew out of their skates
* we have 110 skates, 20 hockey sticks, 20 helmets to donate
* this kind of program has been done by city staff for 12 years at Dufferin Rink, 9 years at Wallace and Campbell -- lots of experienced staff, each one teach one
* staff often have time on their hands to lend skates and also to maintain skates
* the city has insurance that can cover this (the city is self-insured under $5 million anyway), but skate lending programs are rarely threatened with a claim if they do responsible skate maintenance.

Offer declined (actually -- ignored).

 

2016 - 2017

no entries


 

2015 - 2016

March 10, 2016

March 9, 2016, 7.45 pm

This rink was closed for the season today.

March 9, 2016

The rink has the pleasure-skating pad listed as closed and the hockey pad listed as open. They both seemed more or less equally water-covered, but with lots of ice. At 7.45 pm, three hockey players were hitting a plastic water bottle around with their sticks, and cheering when it moved any distance through the water. A puck moved also, but never very far.

 
January 16, 2016

Saturday morning 'hockey in the neighbourhood' session -- MLSE logo on the back, Tim Horton's logo on the front
 
Dec.30 2015

The hockey side was listed as open at 10 a.m. The pleasure-skating side was still listed as "snow-covered."

Dec.29, 2015

The rink was closed all day because of the the snow/rain mixture overnight.

Dec.25 2015

The rink was listed as closed but the ice was fine.

Dec.15, 2015

hockey side, layer of water on top of good ice

pleasure-skating side, curling circles on top of nice thick ice
 
Nov.23, 2015

This rink is popular and yet an orphan -- so many of its details show the lack of care. But still better than formerly. Is that enough?

It has lots of potential as a neighbourhood social space -- there's so much room in the rink house (pool building in summer). Ten years ago there were grandiose plans to knock down the building and put up a new one. That would have been a waste of money. But with very little money, the existing space could become a gathering spot.


pleasure-skating side, graffiti from summertime skateboard guys

compressors on, steam coming from condenser

hockey side is pretty clean

leaves stuck on pleasure-skating side

door looks beat up and slummy

bulletin board almost empty, no opening notice
 
 

Diary 2012-2013Diary 2011 - 2012, Diary 2010 - 2011, Rink Diary 2009 - 2010, Diary 2008-2009, Diary 2007 -2008, Rink Diary 2006 - 2007, Rink Diary 2005 - 2006, Rink Diary 2004 - 2005, Rink Diary 2003 - 2004

 

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

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