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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 4 p.m. it was again listed as open.
This rink was scheduled to open today but remained listed as closed all day.
Rink diaries from earlier years:
Listed as closed for "mechanical issues with zamboni."
Since its scheduled opening on Nov.26, this rink has been mainly listed as open -- unlike most of the other North Toronto rinks. So that shows that the weather is not different in Toronto than elsewhere in the city -- rinks can have ice in North Toronto as well.
This rink was scheduled to stay open until March 20, but it closed for the season on March 10.
A problem with the HOLIDAY HOURS: it appears on the city's rink information website/311 that almost all of the city's rinks will have their changerooms/washrooms locked on the three main holidays: Christmas Day, Boxing Day (yes!), and New Year's Day. You can skate on most of the rinks but you can't get your kids out of the cold to change their skates and you can't take them to the washroom. This is true for Ledbury, and even worse: the city's schedule says this rink will be closed on two other school holidays: Dec.24 and again on Dec.31.
What's the message here -- "you should be drinking, not skating" -- ?
The rink opened Nov.29.
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At 10 a.m. this rink had excellent ice. Two kids out on the ice with shinny equipment, two more changing inside the change room. There was no "opening date" sign anywhere, but the bulletin board did have other hand-lettered, useful signs.
The metal City of Toronto sign says no shinny, ever, but the local sign reflects actual usage, and compromise.
From rink user Raf Lewis:
This long, narrow rink was built for pleasure-skating, but by tacit consent, one end of the rink is often used for kids' shinny hockey. The change room is dramatic in its architecture, as are most of the North York rinks.
C.Y., 6:50pm: Ledbury was extremely dark! I didn't think there would be anyone there as I approached and yet there were at least 4-6 people out skating at any given time. The changeroom area is a great set-up with windows and benches for watching the rink and wall-to-wall mats. There were about 8 people in the changeroom just hanging out. Maybe two of the skaters had helmets. The woman I chatted with had already phoned Parks and Rec about the lights. She said that the zamboni driver could barely see when he had come out earlier. The schedule on the wall said it was pleasure skating from 9am to 9pm but there were several boys with hockey sticks and pucks on the ice.
There was a spot for displaying pamphlets but nothing was there on skating or other recreational activities.
High 1, low -5
A phone call to find out if the rink is open goes to a message machine. I leave a message, and a few hours later a very nice voice leaves the message that Ledbury will not be open until Monday.
Aty 2.15 the rink had 7 shinny hockey players at one end, three pleasure skaters, and a large family of eight more skaters just arriving in the rink change house. The rink is so long that the shinny hockey players and the other skaters seem to be able to share the ice without bothering one another. The rink change area is clean and inviting, with lots of benches and a great view of the ice.
A large crowd of parents and children gathered at the rink tonight to celebrate Chanukah on Ice, - an event organized by the Jewish group, Chabad on the Avenue. The focal point of the evening was the lighting of a menorah made of ice. After the ceremony, Men on Ice performed some figure skating routines featuring Robin Hood and men dressed in orange ballet tutus. There was a DJ playing rock and disco music as well as some Jewish songs. For the children there was a raffle and a game of guessing how many coins there are in a jar. The rink-side barbecue had a lot of customers. The mood was generally upbeat. People seemed happy to be there, though some of the children didn't like having to get off the ice for the performance. As soon as the Men on Ice show was over, young hockey players were jumping back on the ice. There was, however, a safety issue. The menorah's electrical cord was left exposed on the ice and people were skating over it. No city employees were visible, though they might have been hard to spot in the throng.
diary entry by MM
10:45am Temperature: High 0 celsius, Low - -3 celsius. The rink is located in a park on the west side of Ledbury Street, just north of Fairlawn Ave. (See map.) The rink is laid out like a river. It's a long rectangle set in an artificial gully with steep banks on either side. The path through the park takes you to a bridge that crosses over the ice surface. The changeroom is at the south end of the rink near the bridge. It has floor-to-ceiling plexiglass windows that look out over the ice surface. It is rather small. There are benches. The floor has a rubber surface that extends into the washrooms. The day we visit there are shinny players on the ice, fathers and sons. There are thirty children, mostly boys, on the ice, but it's hard to keep count because players keep arriving. We speak to a man on the bridge who tells us his 12-year-old son skates here. He says it is a safe rink. He feels comfortable leaving his son here alone. He says "kids" play here all night "until they can't see any more."