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Rink Diary

2021 - 2022

Rink diaries for earlier years:

2020 - 2021

COVID-RELATED RESTRICTIONS: To find out how to book a skating time, go to the city's outdoor rinks web page.
All shinny hockey has been removed except for Greenwood (and only children and youth are allowed there). The city's opening rules are described here and our rinks blog is here.

Nov.28, 2020

Open for the season


2019 - 2020

No reports

2018 - 2019

Jan.29, 2019

The rink has been marked as open until yesterday and then it was listed as "snow removal in progress" (with over 25 cm of snow). At 1 p.m. it was again listed as open.

Dec.11, 2018

The rink is marked as open for the first time today.

Dec.8, 2018

This rink has never yet been listed as open although its posted schedule started at Dec.1.

2017 - 2018

Dec.8, 2018

Dec.4, 2018, flooding

Two guys were working with hoses to flood the rink on Dec.4, and said they expect to open in a couple of days. But it wasn't listed as open until today (Dec.8). There was no signage up at the rink, about the delay.


2016 - 2017

Feb.25, 2017

This morning, for the first time in some days, this rink was listed as closed because of ice conditions. Since the weather is cooler today with no sun, it's unlikely that the rink has been listed correctly on most days.

Jan.10, 2017

At 10 a.m. after five hours of snowfall, this rink is still listed as open. Really?


This rink was listed as open for the first time today. The councillor's office never gave us a response to our query about why it was closed for so long.

Dec.15 2016

This rink was set to open on Dec.3 and was even on the city list of the few rinks where taking pictures was allowed. But it has been listed as "delayed opening due to mechanical issues" every day since then.

We called the councillor's office to find out what the problem is (they said they would get back to us), and followed up with an email query:

"Is the problem that the builder -- Lindvest -- lacked the ability to construct a working rink even though that company seems to have been confident that they could do it? (See the link we posted to their letter of Sept.12, 2011.)"


2015 - 2016

This rink was listed CLOSED for all but a few days of the rink season for "technical issues."

Feb.17, 2016

The councillor's assistant says that Parks has said they are working on the pipes in some possibly "routine" maintenance operation. We questioned what would be routine about a rink be closed so often during the rink season. The assistant noted the lack of signage. He also said that they have received almost no residents' complaints (or maybe none at all) about the rink being closed.

Feb.3, 2013

This rink has no ice, and presumably there was a problem with how it was built, since it only rarely seems to be running. No sign anywhere to say why the rink is not running, possible remedies and when they are scheduled.

sagging danger tape, but no information

a hole with wires sticking upo
Jan.28, 2016

Marked as closed for "technical issues."

Jan.27, 2016

Marked as closed for "ice conditions." It wasn't marked as closed for a week or so, perhaps it was actually running?

Jan.13, 2016

Still listed as closed for "technical issues."

Jan.10, 2016

Listed as closed for "mechanical issues."

2014 - 2015

Dec.16 2014

The city's website lists the rink as open today.

Dec.12 2014

Councillor Mammoliti's office called to say there are unspecified mechanical problems at the rink, but they expect it to open early next week.

Dec.5 2014

The city's 311 skating schedule lists the skating hours at this rink from 9 am to 10 pm. But actually this rink is still without any ice. As is usual at the city's outdoor rinks, there is no sign on the door telling why the delay. But there is a truck parked next to the building. Maybe someone is inside, repairing -- although there is no other sign of activity and no sounds from inside the building either. The truck is from "Custom Ice Rinks," a Burlington company. That's a puzzle too. This rink is listed under the Etobicoke (west) city administrative region, which has a maintenance contract with CIMCO. Maybe Joseph Bannon Rink is an exception -- but not an impressive one at the moment.

no ice-making on this round rink pad here

"Custom Ice Rinks", from Burlington

This rink is located in a park framed by a new subdivision. It has a lot of "thou shalt not" signs. This is yet another example of a promising structure that is not being used up to its potential.

In the afternoon, CityRinks called City Councillor Mammoliti's office to find out when the rink will open and what has caused the delay. Awaiting an answer.

snack bar? always closed -- but video camera warning

video surveillance warning

security company warning

City "no-photography" warning
Nov.29, 2014

This rink was supposed to open, but it never did all weekend. Strange, since this rink was one of only four rinks specifically designated in the city's rink opening press release, inviting the media to come and take pictures:

The following four rink locations across the city are designated for media to film or photograph long shots: •Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St.W. near Queen Street West and Bay Street) • Colonel Samuel Smith Park, 3145 Lake Shore Blvd. W. (near Kipling Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard West) Joseph Bannon Park, 65 Mary Chapman Blvd. (near Weston Road and Sheppard Avenue West) • Kew Gardens, 2075 Queen St. E. (near Woodbine Avenue and Queen Street East)



From Emery Village BIA - Skate Drive 2012


From Lindvest Properties to Councillor Mammoliti - Sept 11 2011

Request to start building rink

There is no recorded information on how much this rink cost to build.

small round rink

tricky for hockey

little rink house beside playground

cubbyholes to put shoes while skating

this little rink has a zamboni garage

Joseph Bannon, war veteran

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