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At 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 11, 2012, the city website lists eleven rinks as "open until 6 p.m." However, because of the high temperature, these rinks are already flooded. The end of a good rink season, see you next year!

At 9.00 a.m. on Sunday, March 11, 2012, the city website lists eleven rinks as "operational." Colonel Sam Smith, Nathan Phillips, Dufferin, Kew, Rennie, Hodgson, Scarborough Civic, Mel Lastman, West Mall, Sunnydale, and Regent South rinks are scheduled to stay OPEN until this evening. The they will all close for the season. Because of the high temperatures expected today, most of these rinks will be unskateable by this afternoon.

Parks director Richard Ubbens said on CityTV on Monday that the rinks are using "four or five-fold" as much electricity as formerly. While this calculation is highly unlikely to be accurate, the city could save money by directing the rinks to shut down for the season at the end of February. The low sun of next November will make the rinks easy to run again.

Harbourfront's Natrel Rink (not a municipal rink) has a webcam, which is a good gauge of ice conditions (their ice is well-maintained). NOTE: This rink is now scheduled to remain open throughout March break, until March 18, 2012.

Weather Note: Warmer temperatures (and rain) are not as big of a problem for compressor-cooled rinks in March as is sun. The sun is getting much higher in the sky and therefore it has lots of power to melt the ice. (See the weather page.) For that reason, when Toronto's outdoor rinks were first built, their season began in low-sun mid-November, and they closed at the end of February. Scheduling 14 rinks to stay open later than that is a questionable practice. However, as long as the sky stays cloudy most of the time, even if the temperature goes above freezing, the rinks will hold. They won't hold today, though....

At 8.30 a.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2012, the city website lists eleven rinks as "operational." Colonel Sam Smith, Nathan Phillips, Dufferin, Kew, Rennie, Hodgson, Scarborough Civic, Mel Lastman, West Mall, Sunnydale, and Regent South rinks are OPEN.

Parks director Richard Ubbens said on CityTV on Monday that the rinks are using "four or five-fold" as much electricity as formerly. While this calculation is highly unlikely to be accurate, the city could save money by directing the rinks to shut down for the season at the end of February. The low sun of next November will make the rinks easy to run again.

At 5 p.m. on Friday, March 9, 2012, the city website lists eleven rinks as "operational." Colonel Sam Smith, Nathan Phillips, Dufferin, Kew, Rennie, Hodgson, Scarborough Civic, Mel Lastman, West Mall, Sunnydale, and Regent South rinks are OPEN.

At 8 a.m. on Friday, March 9, 2012, the city website lists all of the rinks as closed except for five rinks: Nathan Phillips, Dufferin, Kew, Hodgson, and Regent South rinks are OPEN.

At 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 8, 2012, the city website lists all of the rinks as closed except for five rinks: Nathan Phillips, Dufferin, Kew, Hodgson, and Regent South rinks are OPEN (but wet on top). Although it's still 14 degrees, there is heavy cloud, so the rinks are very wet but the ice is holding underneath. If the rain doesn't return, and the sun stays away, the ice will freeze up on top as well.

Parks director Richard Ubbens said on CityTV on Monday that the rinks are using "four or five-fold" as much electricity as formerly. While this calculation is highly unlikely to be accurate, the city could save money by directing the rinks to shut down for the season today. The low sun of next November will make the rinks easy to run again. However, as of 10 a.m. Thursday, fourteen rinks are scheduled to stay open until Sunday evening as previously scheduled.

At 8 a.m. on Thursday, March 8, 2012, the city website lists all of the rinks as closed except for Nathan Phillips, Dufferin, Kew, Mel Lastman, and Scarborough Civic Rinks. The temperature is 15 and it's raining.

At 4.30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, the city website says that most of the city's 51 outdoor rinks are now closed for the season. Fourteen are scheduled to remain open until March 11: Until 3.30 p.m, four of those fourteen were listed as "closed until this evening due to water on the ice and soft conditions," but the other ten were listed as "operational." 311 said the same thing. But as long as the sun is on them and it's this warm, NO outdoor rinks are skateable in March. The city's website now (4.30 pm) lists all of the rinks as closed except for Nathan Phillips and Scarborough Civic, both of which are in shade by late afternoon.

At 3.30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, the city website says that most of the city's 51 outdoor rinks are now closed for the season. Fourteen are scheduled to remain open until March 11:... Four of those fourteen are listed as "closed until this evening due to water on the ice and soft conditions." The other ten are listed as "operational." But as long as the sun is on them and it's this warm, NO outdoor rinks are skateable in March.

At 7.00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, the city website says that most of the city's 51 outdoor rinks are now closed for the season. Fourteen are scheduled to remain open until March 11:

At 8.30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, the city website says that most of the city's 51 outdoor rinks are now closed for the season. Fourteen are scheduled to remain open until March 11:.....All fourteen are listed as operational.

At 8.00 a.m. on Monday, March 5, 2012, the city website says that most of the city's 51 outdoor rinks are now closed for the season. Fourteen are scheduled to remain open until March 11:...All fourteen are listed as operational.

At 8.30 a.m. on Sunday, March 4, 2012, the city website says that most of the city's 51 outdoor rinks are now closed for the season. Fourteen are scheduled to remain open until March 11: All fourteen are listed as operational. To check on outdoor rink conditions when ice maintenance is ideal, see Harbourfront's webcam (non-municipal).

At 12 noon on Saturday, March 3, 2012, the city website says that most of the city's 51 outdoor rinks are now closed for the season. Fourteen are scheduled to remain open until March 11:.... All fourteen are listed as operational. To check on outdoor rink conditions when ice maintenance is ideal, see Harbourfront's webcam (non-municipal).

At 7.30 a.m. on Saturday, March 3, 2012, the city website says that most of the city's 51 outdoor rinks are now closed for the season. Fourteen are scheduled to remain open until March 11: ....Two of these rinks are listed as "closed until further notice," both in North York: Glen Long and Irving Chapley. The remaining twelve are listed as operational.

At 9.30 a.m. on Friday, March 2, 2012, the city website says that most of the city's 51 outdoor rinks are now closed for the season. Fourteen are scheduled to remain open until March 11:...... All fourteen are listed as operational. To check on outdoor rink conditions when ice maintenance is ideal, see Harbourfront's webcam (non-municipal).

At 7.00 a.m. on Thursday, March 1, 2012, the city website says that most of the city's 51 outdoor rinks are now closed for the season. Fourteen are scheduled to remain open until March 11: ....... All fourteen are listed as operational. To check on outdoor rink conditions when ice maintenance is ideal, see Harbourfront's webcam (non-municipal). If people are skating at Harbourfront, chances are that at least Nathan Phillips rink is skateable. It's shielded from the sun by a large hotel tower.

At 11.00 a.m. on Wednesday February 29, 2012, the city website says that most of the city's 51 outdoor rinks are now closed for the season. Fourteen are scheduled to remain open until March 11: Broadlands, Colonel Sam Smith Skating Trail, Dufferin, Glen Long, Hodgson, Irving Chapley, Kew, Nathan Phillips/ City Hall, Otter Creek, Regent South, Rennie, Scarborough Civic, Sunnydale, and West Mall. All fourteen are listed as operational. Because of the winds and snow, these rinks will barely be skateable. But then again, who would want to skate in weather like this? And yet....there are some people who do: Harbourfront's webcam.

Weather Note: Warmer temperatures (and rain) are not as big of a problem for compressor-cooled rinks in February as is sun. The sun is getting much higher in the sky and therefore it has lots of power to melt the ice. (See the weather page.) From now until the end of the rink season, ice making gets tricky: if the ice is thicker than three inches, the pipes under the concrete slab won't be able to cool it as easily, but if it's thinner than 2 inches, a warm sun can melt it down to the concrete against the reflective boards. The newer fibreglass boards reflect the sun onto the adjacent ice even more than white-painted wooden boards.

At 9.30 a.m. on Tuesday February 28, 2012, the city website says that most of the city's 51 outdoor rinks are now closed for the season. Fourteen are scheduled to remain open until March 11: Broadlands, Colonel Sam Smith Skating Trail, Dufferin, Glen Long, Hodgson, Irving Chapley, Kew, Nathan Phillips/ City Hall, Otter Creek, Regent South, Rennie, Scarborough Civic, Sunnydale, and West Mall. All fourteen are listed as operational. When there is sun, most of these rinks will be unskateable in the afternoons: late-February sun is too strong for the thick late-winter ice. However, mornings and evenings may still be all right.

At 7 a.m. on Monday February 27, 2012, the city website says that most of the city's 51 outdoor rinks are now closed for the season. Fourteen are scheduled to remain open until March 11: Broadlands, Colonel Sam Smith Skating Trail, Dufferin, Glen Long, Hodgson, Irving Chapley, Kew, Nathan Phillips/ City Hall, Otter Creek, Regent South, Rennie, Scarborough Civic, Sunnydale, and West Mall. The sun will be a problem for them: late-February sun is too strong for the thick late-winter ice.

At 1 p.m. on Sunday February 26, 2012, the city website says that all of the city's 51 outdoor rinks are operational. The sun will be a problem today: late-February sun is too strong for the thick late-winter ice. Note: Most outdoor rinks will close for the season TODAY February 26, 2012 at 6 p.m. See the city's website to find out which rinks are scheduled to remain open for another two weeks.

At 7 a.m. on Sunday February 26, 2012, the city website says that 50 of the city's 51 outdoor rinks are operational. Ryerson Rink is listed as closed. The sun will be a problem today: late-February sun is too strong for the thick late-winter ice. Note: Most outdoor rinks will close for the season TODAY February 26, 2012 at 6 p.m. See the city's website to find out which rinks are scheduled to remain open for another two weeks.

At 1.30 p.m. on Saturday February 25, 2012, the city website says that 50 of the city's 51 outdoor rinks are operational. Ryerson Rink is listed as closed. The rinks will be in good shape as long as the sun doesn't come out too much. The late-February sun is too strong for the thick late-winter ice.

At 8.30 a.m. on Saturday February 25, 2012, the city website says that 43 of the city's 51 outdoor rinks are operational. Listed as closed are: Hodgson, Glen Long, Withrow, Ryerson, Barbara Ann Scott (College Park), Regent North and South, and Monarch Rinks. However, this report is from yesterday. These rinks may all be open again, and will be in good shape as long as the sun doesn't come out too much. The late-February sun is too strong for the thick late-winter ice. Note: This is the last week for most outdoor rinks.

At 8.00 a.m. on Friday February 24, 2012, the city website says that 44 of the city's 51 outdoor rinks are operational. Listed as closed are: Glen Long, Withrow, Ryerson, Barbara Ann Scott (College Park), Regent North and South, and Monarch Rinks. The late-February sun is too strong for the thick late-winter ice. As long as there's cloud, the ice can still hold fairly well. Note: This is the last week for most outdoor rinks.

At 8.00 a.m. on Wednesday February 22, 2012, the city website says that all 51 outdoor rinks are operational. This is the last week for most outdoor rinks and many rinks are choppy along the south-facing boards -- the power of the spring sun!

At 8.00 a.m. on Tuesday February 21, 2012, the city website says that all 51 outdoor rinks are operational. This is the last week for most outdoor rinks and many rinks are choppy along the south-facing boards -- the power of the spring sun!

At 8.30 a.m. on Monday February 20, 2012, the city website says that all 51 outdoor rinks are operational.

At 8.30 a.m. on Sunday February 19, 2012, the city website says that all 51 outdoor rinks are operational.

At 2.30 p.m. on Saturday February 18, 2012, the city website says that all 51 outdoor rinks are operational. Because of the snow from last night, this is unlikely to be true. The larger rinks are all cleared, but some of the smaller ones will probably not be cleared until late afternoon, or even tomorrow -- unless neighbours come out with shovels and do it themselves.

At 9 a.m. on Saturday February 18, 2012, the city website says that all 51 outdoor rinks are operational. Because of the snow from last night, this is unlikely to be true. The larger rinks are being cleared, and eventually the smaller ones will have their turn -- probably not until this afternoon.

At 3 p.m. on Friday February 17, 2012, the city website says that all 51 outdoor rinks are operational.

At 8.30 a.m. on Thursday February 16, 2012, the city website says that all 51 outdoor rinks are operational.

At 8.30 a.m. on Wednesday February 15, 2012, the city website says that all 51 outdoor rinks are operational.

At 9 a.m. on Tuesday February 14, 2012, the city website says that all but one of the 51 outdoor rinks are operational. Hodgson is listed as being unskateable on the pleasure-skating side -- that's the south-facing rink and Hodgson has more trouble with direct sun in February.

At 8.30 a.m. on Monday February 13, 2012, the city website says that all 51 outdoor rinks are operational.

At 8 a.m. on Sunday February 12, 2012, the city website still has yesterday afternoon's news, saying that three rinks are closed: Barbara Ann Scott (College Park) and Jimmie Simpson until 4 p.m. and Sherbourne Common until 6 p.m. The other 48 are marked as "operational" but all the Etobicoke "minor" rinks are marked as "not suitable for shinny." Since it's currently snowing, chances are that this message will be true again for today. It's also possible that some of the "minor" Egtobicoke rinks will be cleared of snow by rink users. Most of the "minor" rinks have a larger attendance than the "major" ones because of their importance to their neighbourhoods -- and the fact that they are not taken up by permits.

At 3 p.m. on Saturday February 11, 2012, the city website says that three rinks are closed: Barbara Ann Scott (College Park) and Jimmie Simpson until 4 p.m. and Sherbourne Common until 6 p.m. The other 48 are marked as "operational" but all the Etobicoke "minor" rinks are marked as "not suitable for shinny."

At 10.30 a.m. on Saturday February 11, 2012, the city website says that all 51 rinks are operational. However, because of the snow continuing from overnight, this is unlikely. Pleasure-skating is more likely than shinny hockey, with snow on the ice. However, some rinks are cleared for shinny hockey as well (for example, Dufferin Rink, Wallace Rink). Most hockey-board rinks in Etobicoke are probably cleared as well, since they have the most staffing and on-site equipment.

At 2 pm on Friday February 10, 2012, the city website says that all 51 rinks are operational - although two rinks are noted as having their building closed (Queensway and Royalcrest). Actually all nine "minor" rinks in Etobicoke, not only these two, keep their rink change rooms closed permanently.

At 9 am on Friday February 10, 2012, the city website says that Withrow Rink is closed "due to soft ice conditions." The other 50 rinks are listed as operational - although two rinks are noted as having their building closed (Queensway and Royalcrest). Actually all nine "minor" rinks in Etobicoke, not only these two, keep their rink change rooms closed permanently.

At 5 pm on Thursday February 9, 2012, the city website says that Hodgson Rink is open again. However, it says that Withrow Rink is closed "due to soft ice conditions." The other 50 rinks are listed as operational - although two rinks are noted as having their building closed (Queensway and Royalcrest). Actually all nine "minor" rinks in Etobicoke, not only these two, keep their rink change rooms closed permanently.

At 7.30 am on Thursday February 9, 2012, the city website says that Hodgson Rink is closed. The other 50 rinks are listed as operational - although two rinks are noted as having their building closed (Queensway and Royalcrest). Actually all nine "minor" rinks in Etobicoke, not only these two, keep their rink change rooms closed permanently.

At 8.30 am on Wednesday February 8, 2012, the city website says that Hodgson Rink is closed. The other 50 rinks are listed as operational - although two rinks are noted as having their building closed (Queensway and Royalcrest). Actually all nine "minor" rinks in Etobicoke, not only these two, keep their rink change rooms closed permanently.

This winter there has been so much rain that by now, the ice is above 7 inches thick at some rinks. Ice thicker than 3 inches insulates the surface from the cooling cement slab underneath, and so the sun can melt the top very easily. Tricky for skaters.

At 9.00 am on Tuesday February 7, 2012, the city website says that all rinks are operational - with two rinks listed as having their building closed (Queensway and Royalcrest). Actually all nine "minor" rinks in Etobicoke, not only these two, keep their rink change rooms closed permanently.

At 9.30 am on Monday February 6, 2012, the city website says that all rinks are operational - with two rinks listed as having their building closed (Queensway and Royalcrest). Actually all nine "minor" rinks in Etobicoke, not only these two, keep their rink change rooms closed permanently.

At 9.30 am on Sunday February 5, 2012, the city website says that all rinks are operational - with two rinks listed as having their building closed (Queensway and Royalcrest). Actually all nine "minor" rinks in Etobicoke, not only these two, keep their rink change rooms closed permanently.

At 8.30 am on Saturday February 4, 2012, the city website says that all rinks are operational - with two rinks listed as having their building closed (Queensway and Royalcrest). Actually all nine "minor" rinks in Etobicoke, not only these two, keep their rink change rooms closed permanently.

At 9 am on Friday February 3, 2012, the city website updated its site to say that all rinks were operational - with two rinks listed as having their building closed (Queensway and Royalcrest). Actually all nine "minor" rinks in Etobicoke, not only these two, keep their rink change rooms closed permanently.

At 9 am on Thursday February 2, 2012, the city website updated its site to say that all rinks were operational - with two rinks listed as having their building closed (Queensway and Royalcrest). Actually all nine "minor" rinks in Etobicoke, not only these two, keep their rink change rooms closed permanently.

At 9 am on Wednesday February 1, 2012, the city website updated its site to say that all rinks were operational - with two rinks that have buildings closed (Queensway and Royalcrest). Actually all eight "minor" rinks, not only these two, in Etobicoke keep their rink change rooms closed permanently.

At 7 pm on Tuesday January 31, 2012, the city website updated its site to say that all rinks were operational - with two rinks that have buildings closed (Queensway and Royalcrest). Actually all eight "minor" rinks, not only these two, in Etobicoke keep their rink change rooms closed permanently.

At 3 pm on Tuesday January 31, 2012, the city website says it was updated at 11 a.m. The list of rinks that were still snow-covered at 11 am because of last night's snowfall are: College Park, Dieppe, Greenwood, Regent Park north and South, Riverdale, Ryerson, Sherbourne Common, and Withrow.

At 7 am on Tuesday January 31, 2012, the city website says that all of the city's 51 outdoor rinks are open. In reality, most of the rinks are probably still snow-covered after last night's snowfall.

At 8 am on Monday January 30, 2012, the city website says that all of the city's 51 outdoor rinks are open.

At 9 am on Sunday January 29, 2012, the city website says that all of the city's 51 outdoor rinks are open.

At 8.30 am on Saturday January 28, 2012, the city website says that all of the city's 51 outdoor rinks are open.

At 9 am on Friday January 27, 2012, the city website says that all of the city's 51 outdoor rinks are open. However, enough snow came down this morning, that pucks won't move until the snow has been cleared off. Pleasure-skating still works, though.

At 9am on Thursday January 26, 2012, the city website says that all of the city's 51 outdoor rinks are open.

At 5 pm on Wednesday January 25, 2012, the city website says that all of the city's 51 outdoor rinks are open.

At 8 am on Wednesday January 25, 2012, the city website says that 50 of the city's 51 outdoor rinks are open. The only rink still listed as closed (from Monday) is North Toronto -- "due to weather." Hopefully that's not true.

At 6 pm on Tuesday January 24, 2012, the city website says that 50 of the city's 51 outdoor rinks are open. The only rink still listed as closed (from yesterday) is North Toronto -- "due to weather."

At 8.30 am on Tuesday January 24, 2012, the city website says that 48 of the city's 51 outdoor rinks are open. Still listed as closed (from yesterday) are: North Toronto -- "due to weather"; Scarborough's Albert Campbell Rink -- just "closed"; and Withrow Rink -- "cooling motor problems." Because it's located in a hollow, the Withrow Rink compressor room tends to flood in rainstorms or warm weather when snow nearby is melting quickly.

At 7.00 pm on Monday January 23, 2012, the city website says that 48 of the city's 51 outdoor rinks are open. Closed are: North Toronto -- "due to weather"; Scarborough's Albert Campbell Rink -- just "closed"; and Withrow Rink -- "cooling motor problems." Because it's located in a hollow, the Withrow Rink compressor room tends to flood in rainstorms or warm weather when snow nearby is melting quickly.

At 8.00 am on Monday January 23, 2012, the city website says that all 51 city outdoor rinks are open.

At 8.00 am on Sunday January 22, 2012, the city website says that all 51 city outdoor rinks are open.

At 8.30 am on Saturday January 21, 2012, the city website says that all 51 city outdoor rinks are open. Many will be covered with snow, deep enough to stop pucks, until they are cleared (which, for rinks maintained by "flying squads," may take until mid-afternoon).

At 9 am on Friday January 20, 2012, the city website says that all 51 city outdoor rinks are open.

At 7.30 pm on Thursday January 19, 2012, the city website says that all 51 city outdoor rinks are open. However, because of the heavy snow squalls earlier today, moving a puck around may be difficult on those rinks which have not been cleared.

At 3 pm on Wednesday January 18, 2012, the city website says that all 51 city outdoor rinks are open.

At 7.30 a.m. on Wednesday January 18, 2012, the city website says that Otter Creek Rink is closed for "boards maintenance." The three North York outdoor hockey-board rinks (Irving Chapley, Broadlands, and Glen Long) are all listed as "pleasure-skating only." Perhaps North York rinks don't remove the water off the ice when it rains, and so their rinks were too wet last night to move a puck for shinny hockey. The other 47 outdoor rinks are listed as open.

At 1 p.m. on Tuesday January 17, 2012, the city website says that Otter Creek Rink is closed for "boards maintenance." The three North York outdoor hockey-board rinks (Irving Chapley, Broadlands, and Glen Long) are all listed as "pleasure-skating only." Perhaps North York rinks don't remove the water off the ice when it rains, and so their rinks are too wet to move a puck for shinny hockey. The other 47 outdoor rinks are listed as open.

At 10 a.m. on Tuesday January 17, 2012, the city website says that Otter Creek Rink is closed for "boards maintenance." The other 50 outdoor rinks are listed as open.

At 2 pm on Monday January 16, 2012, the city website says that all 51 outdoor rinks are open.

At 9 am on Sunday January 15, 2012, the city website says that all 51 outdoor rinks are open.

At 4 pm on Saturday January 14, 2012, the city website says that all 51 outdoor rinks are open, so that means all have now been cleared of snow.

At 11.00 am on Saturday January 14, 2012, the city website says that most rinks are open as normal. Some are listed as pleasure-skating only, which means that on the day after 4 cm. of snow, there is still snow clearance going on: Broadlands, Glen Long, and Irving Chapley in North York. For the same reason, five central Toronto rinks are listed as "closed - snow covered": College Park, Ryerson, Riverdale, Sherbourne Common, and Jimmie Simpson in central Toronto.

At 8.30 am on Saturday January 14, 2012, the city website says that many rinks are open as normal. Some are listed as pleasure-skating only, which means that on the day after 4 cm. of snow, there is still snow clearance going on: Broadlands, Glen Long, and Irving Chapley in North York; Humber Valley, Lambton-Kingsway, Rivercrest, Summerlea, Wedgewood, and Westgrove in Etobicoke. Some rinks are still listed as closed: College Park, Ryerson, Riverdale, and Jimmie Simpson in central Toronto; West Deane and Rennie in Etobicoke. (Rennie is listed as having a broken watermain.)

About 4 cm of snow fell since last night. At 6 pm on Friday, January 13, 2012, the city website says that many rinks are open as normal. Some are open for pleasure-skating only, which means there's still quite a bit of snow on them: Broadlands, Glen Long, and Irving Chapley in North York; Humber Valley, Lambton-Kingsway, Rivercrest, Summerlea, Wedgewood, and Westgrove in Etobicoke. Some rinks are still listed as closed: College Park, Ryerson, Riverdale, and Jimmie Simpson in central Toronto; West Deane and Rennie in Etobicoke. (Rennie is listed as having a broken watermain.)

At 1 pm on Friday, January 13, 2012, the city website says that some rinks are open, some are snow-covered but operational (that would mean only pleasure-skating) and some are closed.

At 8.30 a.m. on Friday, January 13, 2012, the city website says that all of its 51 outdoor rinks are open. However, they are probably mainly closed because of the blowing snow.

Weather Note: Warmer temperatures (and rain) are not a problem for compressor-cooled rinks during the short-daylight weeks of January. See the weather page. What is a problem now is ice thickness. There has been more rain than usual this winter so far. When rain falls and is not cleared off, it freezes onto the ice surface. The ice gets so thick that the top is insulated from the action of the cooling pipes underneath. It needs to be scraped down by the zambonis, but the scrapes have fallen behind....Oh dear.

At 4 p.m. on Thursday, January 12, 2012, the city website says that all of its 51 outdoor rinks are open for pleasure-skating but some are too flooded with rainwater for shinny hockey. Their information is not all correct - for example Dufferin Rink is in excellent condition on both sides, despite the city's web information.

At 9 a.m. on Thursday, January 12, 2012, the city website says that all of its 51 outdoor rinks are open.

At 8 a.m. on Wednesday, January 11, 2012, the city website says that all of its 51 outdoor rinks are open.

At 8 a.m. on Tuesday, January 10, 2012, the city website says that all of its 51 outdoor rinks are open.

Two rink buildings are marked as closed. One is Royalcrest. It's one of eight "unsupervised" rinks in Etobicoke, which haven't had their buildings open in winter for many years. The only other such rink mentioned on city's website is Queensway, also an unsupervised rink. It got a large, handsome new building this year, in addition to the rink building already there. Perhaps this building was left unlocked for a few hours a day when the rink first opened for the season (late) and somebody left a mess. Now this building, too, is kept locked -- after all that money spent, there is no staff placed at the building to allow community use. A pity.

At 8 a.m. on Monday, January 9, 2012, the city website says that all of its 51 outdoor rinks are open.

Two rink buildings are marked as closed. One is Royalcrest. In fact, it's one of eight "unsupervised" rinks in Etobicoke, which haven't had their buildings open in winter for many years. The only other such rink mentioned on city's website is Queensway, also an unsupervised rink. It got a large, handsome new building this year, in addition to the rink building already there. Perhaps this building was left unlocked for a few hours a day when the rink first opened for the season (late) and somebody left a mess. Now this building, too, is kept locked -- after all that money spent, there is no staff placed at the building to allow community use. A pity.

At 9 a.m. on Sunday, January 8, 2012, the city website says that all of its 51 outdoor rinks are open.

Two rink buildings are marked as closed: Royalcrest and Queensway. However they are always closed in winter, so this is not newsworthy.

At 8 a.m. on Saturday, January 7, 2012, the city website says that all of its 51 outdoor rinks are open.

Two rink buildings are marked as closed: Royalcrest and Queensway. However they are always closed in winter, so this is not newsworthy.

At 9 a.m. on Friday, January 6, 2012, the city website says that all of its 51 outdoor rinks are open.

At noon on Thursday January 5, 2012, the city website says that all of its 51 outdoor rinks are open.

At noon on Wednesday January 4, 2012, the city website says that all but one of its 51 outdoor rinks are open. The exception is Sunnydale Rink, which is closed for an event, until 1 pm. The event is the official opening of the MLSE's "Team Up" Foundation donation of new rink boards. Perhaps City Councillor Doug Ford will be in attendance, since the rink is in his ward.

At 8 a.m. on Wednesday January 4, 2012, the city website says that all but one of its 51 outdoor rinks are open. The exception is Christie Rink, which says it's "closed for broken glass maintenance repair." However that posting is from 3 p.m. on Tuesday, so it may be that the glass has been repaired by now.

At 9 a.m. on Tuesday January 3, 2012, the city website says that all ice surfaces at city outdoor rinks are open.

At 9 a.m. on Monday January 2, 2012, the city website says that all ice surfaces at city outdoor rinks are open. Some of the buildings are not open for all their regular hours, because of the statutory holiday for full-time city workers. But the city's holiday schedule doesn't specify which are open and which are closed.

At 10 a.m. on Sunday January 1, 2012, the city website says that all ice surfaces at city outdoor rinks are open. About half of the rink change rooms are closed: see latest news for details.

At 9 a.m. on Sunday January 1, 2012, the city website says that most city rinks are open. The shinny hockey pad at Hodgson Rink is still listed as closed.

At 12 noon on Saturday December 31, the city website says that most city rinks are open. Exceptions: Regent North (noon) and Sherbourne Common (3 p.m.). Also, the shinny hockey pad at Hodgson Rink is still listed as closed.

Weather Note: Warmer temperatures (and rain) are not a problem for compressor-cooled rinks during the short-daylight weeks of December. See the weather page.

At 9 a.m. on Saturday December 31, the city website says that most city rinks are open. The exceptions are all in central Toronto (fewer ploughs and ice resurfacers), and they are still the same as yesterday. The city updates its conditions list at 10 a.m.

At 4 p.m. on Friday December 30, the city website says that most city rinks are open. The exceptions are all in central Toronto (fewer ploughs and ice resurfacers). Closed for now but due to re-open tonight are: Jimmie Simpson (4 pm), Riverdale (5 p.m.), Regent North (7 p.m.), and Sherbourne Common (8.30 p.m.). Hodgson is marked as being open for pleasure-skating but closed on the shinny hockey side.

At 10 a.m. on Friday December 30, the city website says that most city rinks are open. The exceptions are all in central Toronto (fewer ploughs and ice resurfacers). Closed at least until 4 pm: Jimmie Simpson, Riverdale, Withrow, Regent North, Regent South, Ryerson, and Sherbourne Common.

At 9 a.m. on Friday December 30, the city website says that only Christie Pits is still closed because of the rain/snow combination on Tuesday evening, all the rest are back to being "operational." However, this is unlikely. Central Toronto has insufficient vehicles to clear snow off the rinks, so most rinks will be slow in re-opening. Etobicoke and North York have more equipment, so they may be faster.

At 10 a.m. on Thursday December 29, the city website says that only Christie Pits is still closed because of the rain/snow combination on Tuesday evening, all the rest are back to being "operational."

At 9 a.m. on Thursday December 29, the city website says that five of the 51 city rinks are still closed from Tuesday (because of the rain/snow combination on that evening): Jimmie Simpson, Monarch, Regent North, Riverdale, and Sherbourne Common. Hopefully that's not currently true. The city's website is updated twice a day, the first time around 10 a.m.

At 4 pm on Wednesday December 28, the city website says that five of the 51 city rinks are still closed for maintenance (snow removal): Jimmie Simpson, Monarch, Regent North, Riverdale, and Sherbourne Common.

At 10 a.m. on Wednesday December 28, the city website says that ten of the 51 city rinks are still closed for maintenance. This is probably underestimated.

At 8 a.m. on Wednesday December 28, the city website says that all 51 city rinks are operational. But this is not the case. Most outdoor rinks will be closed until they get enough ice resurfacing to fix the damage done by yesterday's combination of rain and wet snow.

At 8 p.m on Tuesday December 27, the city website says that all 51 city rinks are operational. However, the rain and wet snow make it hard to skate. The rink at Harbourfront, which has better ice maintenance, still shows lots of skaters (on their webcam), in a winter wonderland. But the city maintenance workers all left at 6pm (for the full-time workers' stat holiday) and if people try to skate through this wet snow and make a mess, it will take a long time to repair the rinks after the snow stops. Therefore, Campbell Rink, Dufferin Rink and Wallace Rink are closed for the day. Presumably most other city rinks are closed too, even though there's no one around to update 311.

Weather Note: Neither rain nor warmer temperatures are a problem for compressor-cooled rinks during the short daylight hours of December. See the weather page.

At 9 a.m on Tuesday December 27, the city website says that all 51 city rinks are operational.

At 11 a.m on Monday December 26, the city website says that all 51 city rinks are operational. To find out which rinks have change room access: holiday schedule. Most rink buildings are either on shortened hours (until 6 pm)or are closed.

Rinks with normal change room access (until 9 or 10 pm) are the following civic rinks: Nathan Phillips Square (also has snack bar and skate rentals), Albert Campbell (at Scarborough Town Centre), Mel Lastman, and the following three neighborhood rinks (all three also have skate loans and shinny hockey loans and snack bars): Dufferin, Wallace, and Campbell.

At 2.45 pm on Sunday December 25, the city website says that all 51 city rinks are "operational." This mean the gates to the ice are supposed to be unlocked. However, a rink user has e-mailed to say that Hodgson Rink is padlocked shut, even though a rink operator was there.

A few change rooms are open today: Nathan Phillips Square, Albert Campbell (at Scarborough Town Centre), Mel Lastman, Ramsden, Dufferin, Wallace, and Campbell rinks.

At 8.30 am on Sunday December 25, the city website says that all 51 city rinks are "operational." This mean the gates to the ice are unlocked. Only a few change rooms are open today: Nathan Phillips Square, Albert Campbell (at Scarborough Town Centre), Mel Lastman, Ramsden, Dufferin, Wallace, and Campbell rinks.

At 8.30 am on Saturday December 24, the city website says that all 51 city rinks are open. Royalcrest Rink is listed as having the "building closed due to vandalism." This is puzzling, because the building is never open in the winter anyway.

At 8 am on Friday December 23, the city website says that all 51 city rinks are open. Royalcrest Rink is listed as having the "building closed due to vandalism." This is puzzling, because the building is never open in the winter anyway.

At 10 am on Thursday December 22 (the day after winter solstice, the days are getting longer from now on), the city website says that all 51 city rinks are open.

At 9 am on Wednesday December 21 (winter solstice, the shortest day of the year), the city website says that all 51 city rinks are open.

At 3 pm on Tuesday December 20, the city website says that all 51 city rinks are open.

At 9.30 am on Tuesday December 20, the city website says that Valleyfield Rink, a popular unsupervised rink in Etobicoke, is open again. However, the shinny hockey pad at Hodgson Rink is listed as closed.

At 4 pm on Monday December 19, the city website says that Valleyfield Rink, a popular unsupervised rink in Etobicoke, is open again. However, the shinny hockey pad at Hodgson Rink is listed as closed.

At 8 am on Monday December 19, the city website says that Valleyfield Rink, a popular unsupervised rink in Etobicoke, is closed. The 50 other outdoor rinks are all listed as open.

At 9 am on Sunday December 18, the city website says that Valleyfield Rink, a popular unsupervised rink in Etobicoke, is closed. The 50 other outdoor rinks are all listed as open.

At 7 pm on Saturday December 17, the city website says that Valleyfield Rink, a popular unsupervised rink, in Etobicoke, is closed. The 50 other outdoor rinks are all listed as open.

At 1 pm on Saturday December 17, the city website says that Valleyfield Rink, a popular unsupervised rink, in Etobicoke, is closed. The pleasure-skating side of the main Etobicoke civic rink, West Mall, is also listed as closed.

At 8.15 a.m. on Saturday December 17, the city website says that three of the 51 city rinks are closed: Queensway, Valleyfield and Westway. All three are popular unsupervised rinks in Etobicoke. The pleasure-skating side of the main Etobicoke civic rink, West Mall, is also listed as closed.

At 2 pm on Friday December 16, the city website says that three of the 51 city rinks are closed: Queensway, Valleyfield and Westway. All three are popular unsupervised rinks in Etobicoke. The pleasure-skating side of the main Etobicoke civic rink, West Mall, is also listed as closed.

At 8.30 a.m. Friday December 16, the city website says that some city rinks are closed or "pleasure-skating only" (meaning there was too much water last night to move a puck). Chances are that all rinks are back to normal. This will probably be reflected when the city website is updated (usually at 10.30 a.m.).

At 6.00 p.m. Thursday December 15, the city website says that 12 rinks are closed, 6 double pads have their hockey side closed, one double pad has its pleasure-skating side closed but hockey operating, and most of the single pads say "pleasure-skating only," (meaning there's too much water on the rink to move a puck). The hockey-board rinks operating normally are Dufferin, Giovanni Caboto, Rennie, Humber Valley, Prince of Wales, Sir Adam Beck, Martin Grove, and Westway.

At 8.30 a.m. Thursday December 15, the city website says that all 51 of the city's rinks are open. Please send us rink condition reports at [email protected].

Weather Note: Neither rain not warmer temperatures are a problem for compressor-cooled rinks during the short daylight hours of December. While it's raining the ice is fine, underneath a thin layer of water, which freezes as soon as it stops raining. And this warm weather is not about global warming: see our late November temperatures charts from 1940 to 2011. It's the angle of the sun that matters: weather page.

At 9 a.m. Tuesday December 13, the city website says that all 51 of the city's rinks are open except for the hockey pad at Dufferin Rink, closed for a Becel margarine film shoot. However, that film shoot ended on Dec.12 at 4 pm.

At - 5pm, the city website says that 50 of the city's rinks are open (Dufferin should be on that list too - film shoot is over, regular schedule back in place)

On Monday Morning, December 12, the city website says that all 51 city's rinks are open. Dufferin Rink has a film shoot today, which seems to be going over time - so no hockey today until the evening. Pleasure skating continues. Sadly, FILM Shoot trumps shinny today!

On SundayDecember 11, the city website says that all 51 city's rinks are open (see Latest News for details). Please send us rink condition reports at [email protected].

At 3.30 p.m. Saturday December 10, the city website says that all 51 city's rinks are open (see Latest News for details). Please send us rink condition reports at [email protected].

At 10.30 a.m. Saturday December 10, the city website says that 50 of the city's 51 rinks are open (see Latest News for details). The final remaining rink (Sunnydale) is also due to open today. Please send us rink condition reports at [email protected].

At 9 a.m. Saturday December 10, the city website says that 47 of the city's 51 rinks are open (see Latest News for details). The three remaining rinks are due to open today.

At 2 p.m. Friday December 9, the city website says that 46 of the city's 51 rinks are open (see Latest News for details). It's a school holiday so the rinks are full of excited children.

At 5 p.m. Wednesday December 7, the city website says that 5 of the city's 51 rinks are not open (see Latest News for details), and that West Mall is only open on the hockey side (not pleasure-skating). Rink user Rafael Lewis mailed us a report on Pleasantview Rink, which according to the city's website is "operational," but he says it's snow-covered.

At 10 a.m. Tuesday December 6, the city website says that thirteen of the city's 51 rinks are not open (see Latest News for details). Most of the remaining rinks have good ice; because of yesterday's rain, now frozen on the rinks, the ice is even getting a bit too thick in a few rinks. The zamboni drivers have to begin cutting it down.

At 5 pm Monday December 5, twelve of the city's 51 rinks are not yet open for the season (see Latest News for details). The remaining rinks are wet but their ice is good.

For the seven rinks that didn't have enough ice on opening day, the rain will take the place of the inadequate hand-flooding. So, all those rinks should have enough ice by Tuesday Dec.6.

On Monday, December 5, at 10 a.m., most rinks are listed as OPERATIONAL on the city's website. Five outdoor rinks are not open due to construction or repair delays: North Toronto Memorial (scheduled to open Dec 5, but construction is not finished), Queensway (delayed due to mechanical issues), Ramsden (scheduled to open December 5, but construction is not finished), Sunnydale (scheduled to open Dec 10) Van Horne/Pleasantview (delayed due to mechanical issues). Seven rinks are not open due to delayed start-up maintenance: Barbara Ann Scott, (also called College Park), Ryerson, Trinity, Monarch, Sherbourne Common, Rosedale, and Regent Park North. Please send us rink condition reports at [email protected].

On Sunday, December 4, at 11 a.m., most rinks are listed as OPERATIONAL on the city's website. Twelve outdoor rinks were not open (some different than the city website listings), but some of those will probably have opened today. The ones closed for sure are: Barbara Ann Scott (delayed to Dec 6), North Toronto Memorial (scheduled to open Dec 5, but construction is not finished), Queensway (delayed due to mechanical issues), Ramsden (scheduled to open December 5, but construction is not finished), Regent Park North (closed), Sunnydale (scheduled to open Dec 10) Van Horne/Pleasantview (delayed due to mechanical issues). Please send us rink condition reports at [email protected].

On Saturday, December 3, at 1 p.m. most rinks are listed as OPERATIONAL on the city's website. The ones closed for sure are:Eight Exceptions are: Barbara Ann Scott (delayed to Dec 6), North Toronto Memorial (scheduled to open Dec 5, but construction is not finished), Queensway (delayed due to mechanical issues), Ramsden (scheduled to open December 5, but construction is not finished), Regent Park North (closed), Scarborough (delayed due to mild weather), Sunnydale (scheduled to open Dec 10) Van Horne/Pleasantview (delayed due to mechanical issues). Please send us rink condition reports at [email protected].

On Saturday, December 3, at 9 a.m. 12 rinks are listed as OPEN on the city's website. Many more are due to open today. Those listed are: Nathan Philips Square, Regent Park South, Dufferin, Kew Gardens, Mel Lastman Square, Glen Long, Irving Chapley, Broadlands, Colonel Sam Smith, Hodgson, Rennie (half), and West Mall.(half). See the Editor's Blog about this. Please send us reports at [email protected].

On Friday, December 2, 12 rinks are listed as OPEN on the city's website: Nathan Philips Square, Regent Park South, Dufferin, Kew Gardens, Mel Lastman Square, Glen Long, Irving Chapley, Broadlands, Colonel Sam Smith, Hodgson, Rennie (half), and West Mall.(half). See the Editor's Blog about this

On Wednesday Nov. 30, at 10.30 am, 9 rinks are listed as OPEN on the city's website: Nathan Philips Square, Mel Lastman, Kew Gardens, Regent Park South, Dufferin Rink, Hodgson, Colonel Sam Smith Skating Trail, Rennie (half), and West Mall (half). See the Editor's Blog about this.

On Tuesday Nov. 29, at 10.30 am, 9 rinks are listed as OPEN on the city's website: Nathan Philips Square, Mel Lastman, Kew Gardens, Regent Park South, Dufferin Rink, Hodgson, Colonel Sam Smith Skating Trail, Rennie, and West Mall. See the Editor's Blog about this.

On Monday Nov. 28, at 10.30 am, 10 rinks are listed as OPEN on the city's website: Nathan Philips Square, Mel Lastman, Kew Gardens, Regent Park South, Dufferin Rink, Hodgson, Broadlands, Colonel Sam Smith Skating Trail, Rennie, and West Mall. See the Editor's Blog about this.

On Sunday Nov. 27, at 9.30 am, 5 rinks are listed as open on the city's website: Nathan Philips Square, Mel Lastman, Kew Gardens, Hodgson, and Dufferin Rink. See the Editor's Blog about this.

All will be skateable but not so much fun, in the rain. NOTE: rain does not melt ice in a compressor-cooled outdoor rink unless the ice sheet is too thin.

On Saturday Nov. 26, at 9.30 am, 5 rinks are listed as open on the city's website: Nathan Philips Square, Mel Lastman, Kew Gardens, Hodgson, and Dufferin Rink. See the Editor's Blog about this.

On Friday Nov. 25, at 4.30 pm 5 rinks are listed as open on the city's website: Nathan Philips Square, Mel Lastman, Kew Gardens, Hodgson, and Dufferin Rink.

Note: at 1.30 pm Dufferin Rink closed for the afternoon -- ice hard but wet on top. Re-opened at 6.30 pm.

On Thursday Nov. 24, at 9 a.m. 3 rinks -- Nathan Philips Square, Mel Lastman, and Dufferin Rink -- are open and in good condition.

Wednesday Nov.23, at 9 a.m.

Nathan Philips Square and Dufferin Rink are open and in excellent condition. On Wednesday Nov.23, at 9 a.m. Nathan Philips Square and Dufferin Rink are open and in excellent condition.

At 3 pm we have no reports on Nathan Philips Square (City Hall). Dufferin Rink is closed on the shinny hockey side, but open on the pleasure-skating side. Call the rink after 5 pm to find out the shinny hockey side re-opening time: 416 391-0913.

At 7.30 pm, we have no reports on Nathan Philips Square (City Hall). Dufferin Rink is open, (both the shinny hockey side and the pleasure-skating side), but a bit rough on the south-facing edges.

Nov.22 2011

Of the fourteen municipal rinks scheduled to be open now....

ONLY DUFFERIN RINK IS OPEN

On Wednesday Nov.23, Dufferin Rink is open and in excellent condition.

Nov.21 2011

ONLY DUFFERIN RINK IS OPEN

The pleasure-skating pad at Dufferin Rink is open and in excellent condition. The hockey ice is being built up and will open late this afternoon or early evening. More information later today, or call the rink at 416 392-0913.

Harbourfront's Natrel Rink (not a municipal rink): At 10 am the staff say the rink is open. Perhaps the very poor ice conditions from last night were fixed overnight. Habourfront has signs up saying "skate at your own discretion." That means that if somebody skates and falls, they can't sue Harbourfront. The webcam shows no one skating.

Nov.20 2011Harbourfront's Natrel Rink: At 3 pm the ice is so wet that no one is skating -- the staff are asking people to check back at 8 pm. see webcam

Nov.19 2011

Of the fourteen municipal outdoor rinks scheduled to open on Nov.19, only Dufferin Rink opened on November 19 (for three hours in the morning, and pleasure skating at 8pm in the evening, but no shinny). Some of the others haven't even started to make ice. Parks management sent out a disclaimer, saying that they need three days below five celsius to allow ice making in the extended season. Actually, opening rinks in mid-November is the regular season; later than that is the shortened season.

Nov.17 2011

The way to start ice is by overnight flooding. Happily, that seems to have begun on Thursday Nov.17, even with a double overnight shift in some places. Harbourfront has a webcam on their rink, and it shows the zamboni going around much of the night.


Sunday March 13 2011

The last day of the skating season for the final 13 city outdoor rinks, and also for Harbourfront's Natrel Rink. Cloudy skies mean there won't be any melting due to March sun, so the ice will be fine.

Saturday March 12 2011

The city's website lists 13 outdoor rinks as "operational." These rinks are scheduled to stay open until the end of this weekend. Since there's been no sun for four days, but steady rain, the ice is holding. Almost no one came to skate, but some breaks in the rain today and tomorrow should bring out a few more skaters.

Friday March 11 2011

The city's website lists 13 outdoor rinks as "operational." These rinks are scheduled to stay open until Sunday March 13. Since there's no sun, the ice is holding, but the third straight day of spring rains means that almost no one is coming to skate.

Thursday March 10 2011

The city's website lists 13 outdoor rinks as "operational." These rinks are scheduled to stay open until Sunday March 13. Since there's no sun, the ice is holding, but the constant rain means that very few people are coming to skate.

Wednesday March 9 2011

The city's website lists 13 outdoor rinks as "operational." These rinks are scheduled to stay open until Sunday March 13. If the weather forecast is right, though, there will be some snow and then a lot of rain over the next three days at least. This may mean that City management will decide to shut down the remaining rinks sooner. Or perhaps the rinks will stay open, but with no skaters.

Tuesday March 8 2011

The city's website lists 13 outdoor rinks as "operational." If the weather forecast is right, today will be the last day of good skating when it's neither raining nor snowing. The 13 rinks are scheduled to close for the season on March 13.

Monday March 7 2011

The city's website lists 13 outdoor rinks as "operational." Because the March sun is so strong, the ice will get a bit mushy in mid-afternoon, but for most of the day, it will be very good skating.

Sunday March 6 2011

At 8.30 a.m., the city's website lists 13 outdoor rinks as "operational." However, that message has not been updated since Friday, and since yesterday's all-day rain was followed by overnight snow, chances are that most of the 13 rinks are snow-covered this morning. They should be skateable after they've been cleared, some as early as mid-morning.

Saturday March 5 2011

In the pouring rain, there won't be much skating. The ice underneath will stay solid, but skaters will need to wait until tomorrow.

Friday March 4 2011

The city's website lists 13 outdoor rinks as still open. The ice is generally good, and even if it rains a lot, as is the forecast for the next two days, the ice should remain skateable.

Conditions Archive

Thursday March 3 2011

The city's website lists 13 outdoor rinks as still open. The ice is generally good, but today with the all-day March sun, there will be some mushy ruts in the afternoon. Morning skating and evening skating will be wonderful, though.

Wednesday March 2 2011

The city's website lists 13 rinks as open. With the clouds and a cold north wind, all these rinks should have good ice today.

Tuesday March 1, 2011

At 10am the city's website lists 13 rinks as open. Today the forecast is for sun and 2 degrees celsius -- perfect rink weather in the low-sun months, but a recipe for slush in March.

By 3 pm, there were enough cloudy periods all day that only the North York rinks closed.

Monday February 28 2011

Most city outdoor rinks have closed for the season. At 8.30 a.m., the city's website has a message from last Friday listing all 51 rinks as operational. But in fact, only fourteen rinks are still planned to stay open as of today. The temperature is not as warm as was forecast, but whenever the sun comes out, the March ice will be mushy and hard to skate on, even though the compressors are running all the time.

Sunday February 28 2011

The last day of skating at most city outdoor rinks. At 8.30 a.m., the city's website lists all 51 outdoor rinks as "operational," but that's unlikely, since the rinks are all covered by 3-4 inches of beautiful, fluffy snow from last night. With luck, most of the rinks will be cleared off before the afternoon, and some earlier.

Saturday February 26 2011

Second-last day of skating at most outdoor rinks. The weather forecast for the coming week seems to be giving a sign that skating season is pretty well done. Today is light snow and the ice will be fine underneath, good for pleasure-skating, slow for moving the puck in shinny hockey.

Friday February 25 2011

The last few days of skating at most outdoor rinks. The city's website lists all 51 municipal outdoor rinks as open. The snow will make it hard to play shinny, until it stops falling and city staff remove it. However, pleasure-skating is still possible in snow.

Thursday February 24 2011

The last week of skating for most outdoor rinks. At 8 a.m., all 51 outdoor municipal rinks are listed as open on the City's website. Because of the strong sun of late February, the ice at most outdoor rinks got very mushy along the boards yesterday afternoon. If skaters didn't carve it up too much, the ice will be good today, once the snow is removed. Those rinks where nobody stopped skaters from going on yesterday afternoon may show some pretty rough ice today, now that it's firmed up.

Wednesday February 23 2011

The last week of skating for most outdoor rinks. Today, all 51 outdoor municipal rinks are listed as open. Because of the strong sun of late February, the ice at most outdoor rinks will get mushy along the boards in the afternoon. If skaters don't carve it up too much, the ice will firm up again by the evening.

Tuesday February 22 2011

The last week of skating for most outdoor rinks. Today, 50 of the 51 outdoor municipal rinks are listed as open (all except Pleasantview). It's cold enough to be balaclava weather, which means that despite the strong sun of late February, the ice will stay hard (except perhaps right along south-facing hockey boards).

Monday February 21, 2011

At 10 a.m. the city's website lists all but one of the 51 municipal outdoor rinks as open. (The exception is still Pleasantview). Since the city's website has not yet been updated since yesterday morning, it's possible that some rinks are still awaiting snow removal. City workers have had their best year ever in getting snow off the rinks fast, so all rinks should be cleared already or soon. A perfect day for skating.

Sunday February 20 2011

At noon, the city's website lists all but one of its 51 municipal rinks as open. The furthest northwest rink, Pleasantview, is closed, perhaps because of mechanical failure, since the weather is good for outdoor rinks. Because of the sun, the edges of the rinks close to south-facing hockey boards will be slushy in the afternoon, but by then the forecast snow clouds will be starting to come in. They'll protect the rinks from sun but cover them up with snow this evening.

Saturday February 19 2011

At 10.30 am, the city's website lists all but one of its 51 municipal rinks as open. Withrow Rink is still listed as closed because of flooding. Although the rinks are open, it will take a bit of time to smooth out the ones that had a lot of skating yesterday -- there will be bumps and gouges.

Friday February 18 2011

At 12 noon, about half the city's outdoor rinks are closed or about to close. This is because of the power of the high-in-the-sky February sun (warm weather like this would not be a problem in the low-sun months of November or December). Harbourfront Rink still shows skaters on their webcam.

Withrow Rink is listed as "flooded." Their compressor room is unfortunately situated in a bowl, so when there's a sudden thaw, the machines get flooded and they turn off. That often means the end of the sating season for Withrow.

Friday February 18 2011

At 11am the city's website adds details to rink closures: in most cases, it's soft ice conditions. Withrow is stated to have excessive flooding? Added to the closed list are: Westmall, Sir Adam Beck and Prince of Wales. By noon, most rinks will probably close till the sun sets. (11:55am) Christie, Rosedale and Trinity have also been added to the closed list

At 10 am the city's website lists All North York Rinks as closed, and Withrow.

At 9.30 am the city's website still lists all but one of the 51 municipal ice rinks as open. However, with the sun out and 9 degrees, much of the city's ice will be mushy within hours. A sunny, warm day in November or December would not compromise the ice, because the angle of the sun is very low then. But in mid-February, the sun has real power. Sad for all the kids citywide who are off school for a PA day today, and who wanted to skate. On the other hand, this day makes spring fever set in, so maybe there will be snow-soccer and snow frisbee.

Thursday February 17 2011

At 8 pm the city website lists all but one of the 51 municipal rinks as open. Glen Long Rink is closed, but it's often closed anyway, so no one will be too surprised. The temperature in Toronto went up to 9 today, but the sun didn't come out much, and many rinks firmed up quickly as soon as the light faded in the late afternoon. But tomorrow, if the sunny forecast holds, will be a different story.

Thursday February 17 2011

At 8 am, the city's website lists all 51 municipal rinks as open. The forecast today is for 10 degrees, but that won't stop skating as long as it stays cloudy. Tomorrow, the forecast is 12 degrees and sunny. Late-winter sun turns ice to mush, so tomorrow, most rinks will have to stay closed until the temperature goes back down, in the evening.

Wednesday February 16 2011

At 9 am, the city's website lists all 51 municipal rinks as open. The next three days are forecast to be unseasonably warm. For compressor-cooled rinks this is mainly a problem if the sun comes out (not true for the low-angle sun of November, but true for the much higher-angle approaching-spring-sun of February). If it's cloudy, though, even at temperatures of 10 or 11 degrees, the ice will be very skateable.

Tuesday February 15 2011

11am update - Christie Rink reopens At 8.30 am, all except two of Toronto's 51 municipal outdoor rinks are listed as operational on the city's website. Christie Pits and Nathan Philips Square are listed as "closed due to wet ice and soft conditions." The message is from yesterday morning, when it was 7 degrees. Since it was not sunny, there must have been an additional problem -- most outdoor rinks had no problem with ice quality at those temperatures. The rink at City Hall has had mechanical problems this winter (and for some years before).

Sunday February 13 2011

All 51 outdoor rinks are listed as operational on the city's website. Mild but not sunny, making it a good day for a skate with your Valentine, under the open sky. And for the little valentines -- by now, the snow piles are so high at all the city rinks that there are wonderful snow "mountains" to climb, slide down, and make caves.

Tuesday February 8 2011

All 51 outdoor rinks are listed as operational on the city's website. Despite the February sunshine, it's cold enough that the ice will not get mushy even in mid-afternoon. A good day for skating and a balaclava.

Monday February 7 2011

The snowfall, while it continues, will make it tricky to play shinny hockey on the outdoor rinks. Pleasure-skating will be as in a winter wonderland.

Sunday February 6 2011

At 8.45 am, the city's website lists all 51 outdoor rinks as "operational." However, the city's outdoor rinks web page says it was last updated on Friday, and on Saturday evening there were 10 cm of snow. In North York this will be a particular problem, since most of the rinks there have no snow-removal equipment other than the zamboni. Elsewhere, snow clearance has tended to be quick this season. So there's a good chance that many rinks in Etobicoke and Toronto/East York will have been cleared of snow by noon.

Saturday February 5 2011

All 51 city outdoor rinks are listed as open on the city's website. However, snow began around 5.30 and by 7 pm all rinks were snow-covered. Pleasure-skating was possible but pucks couldn't move so there was no shinny hockey anywhere.

Friday February 4 2011

All 51 city outdoor rinks are listed as open on the city's website. No sun forecast for today, so the ice should be fine.

Thursday February 3 2011

At 2.30 pm all 51 city outdoor rinks are listed as operational. Although the temperature is minus 5, the bright February sun is causing the goal nets to sink into the ice, and the south-facing edge of rinks to become mushy. Shinny players who make sure they move the nets over by a foot every half hour can help to keep ruts from forming.

Thursday February 3 2011

At 6 a.m., all but five of the 50 city rinks listed on their website are described as "operational." Of the 5 still listed as "closed," four are North Toronto rinks. Three have their own zamboni but no snow removal equipment available. Sherbourne Common Rink is not yet on the city's website list but has been reported as open, in the media.

Wednesday February 2 2011

7pm. An update from the city's website at 7pm says most rinks are operational. Of the 5 listed as "closed," four are North Toronto rinks. Three have their own zamboni but no snow removal equipment available.

At 3.00 p.m. 32 of the rinks are listed as "operational," the rest are listed as "snow-covered." Since the snow resumed after a few hours of pause, at about 1 p.m., and the flakes are now thicker, no outdoor rinks are good for shinny hockey (the puck won't move). But many are fine for pleasure-skating.

The ice maintenance citywide is better this year than it has been for many a year. Because of the dire "near blizzard" forecasts yesterday, most schools are closed. Many rinks are in good shape today. But where are all the kids that would normally pack the rinks on school holidays? There are very few skaters today.

Maybe it will take a few more years of this high-quality ice maintenance for skaters to stop assuming that snow means no skating at the outdoor rinks.

Wednesday February 2 2011

At 2 p.m. 24 of the rinks are listed as "operational," the rest are listed as "snow-covered." Since the snow resumed after a few hours of pause, at about 1 p.m., and the flakes are now thicker, no outdoor rinks are good for shinny hockey (the puck won't move). But many are fine for pleasure-skating.

The ice maintenance citywide is better this year than it has been for many a year. The supervisors say that it's because the zamboni drivers are taking a lot of pride in their work. When you see the zamboni drivers going up and down the ice with their collars turned up and a little mound of snow on their hats, give them a wave!

Wednesday February 2 2011

At 9 a.m. the rinks are snow-covered, but not hugely so, despite the "near-blizzard" description on the Environment Canada website. Remarkably, the city website lists seven single-pad rinks as "operational." That may not be quite accurate, but there's hope for tonight.

Tuesday February 1, 2011

At 9 a.m., 50 outdoor rinks are listed as "operational" on the city's website. One more was opened on January 31: Sherbourne Common, not yet listed on the city's website. So that makes 51. All of them are forecast to be covered by deep snow by midnight tonight. Until the heavy snow comes, all the rinks will have good ice. For those whose neighbourhood rinks tend to be crowded -- here's your chance to skate unencumbered. So many people make their plans according to the weather forecast on their smart phones that there's a "forward effect" when a storm is forecast. The rinks will have few skaters, well before the snow hits.

Thursday January 27 2011

All 50 outdoor rinks are listed as "operational" on the city's website. January is almost over and there's been no real "January thaw" up to now -- highly unusual. Most years there have been 3-4 days of temperatures up to 15 celsius, but today's forecast of 0 C is unusually warm for this month. Even at zero, when the sun comes out, the nets will sink, because the sun's angle is increasing quickly as we move further away from the winter solstice. So shinny hockey players -- keep moving those nets over by a foot every half hour, or they'll get stuck in the ice and make a deep ridge.

Tuesday January 25, 2011

All 50 outdoor rinks are listed as "operational" on the city's website. If the sun comes out, hockey nets will need to be moved over a few inches every half hour by the shinny players, to prevent them from sinking into the ice and causing a ridge to form. But skating is fine -- less frosty than in the past few days.

Monday January 24 2011

At 9 a.m. all 50 outdoor rinks are listed as "operational" on the city's website. If the forecasted 5 cm of snow arrives, rinks will be available for pleasure-skating but shinny hockey will be limited until the snow is cleared. Clearing will happen fastest at the single-pad hockey rinks in Etobicoke, because those rinks have on-site staff and snow-clearing equipment. Clearing will be slowest at the identical-size downtown rinks because those rinks have neither staff not equipment on-site. However, snow clearing has been generally more efficient this year than in other years, citywide.

Sunday January 23, 2011

The ice is fine on the coldest day of the year so far -- minus 20 at 9 am! Despite the brilliant sunshine, not many skaters will be out today. Yet at Harbourfront's Natrel Rink, 10 skaters including two little kids can be seen on their webcam at 9 am.

Saturday January 22, 2011

All 50 rinks are listed as "operational" by the city's website. It's cold, but not as cold as was predicted -- so it won't be painful to skate today. Natural ice rinks are in excellent shape too. Too bad about all the snow -- Grenadier Pond is not the endless skate that it can be in low-snow years. But nobody is going to fall through the ice, and neighbours have cleared off hockey-size sections.

Wednesday January 19 2011

All 50 rinks are listed as "operational" by the city's website. However, wherever the snow-flurries come, it will be harder to move the puck for people trying to play shinny hockey. Pleasure-skating is fine, though, except at those rinks which may have missed a maintenance session yesterday -- the combination of rain-turning-to-snow last night will make for some rough bumpy ice at the flying-squad rinks that get the least servicing.

Tuesday January 18 2011

All 50 rinks are listed as "operational" by the city's website. If it rains, the rain will help to make more ice at rinks that need it. However, ice-resurfacing crews will need to take off excessive rain so that it doesn't freeze shallowly into "shell ice," which shatters on top when people try to skate on it.

Monday January 17 2011

All 50 rinks are listed as "operational" by the city's website. A fine evening for skating. Weekday evenings are usually not very busy, more fun for skaters who like to really move. If you look at the Harbourfront webcam link (above), you can see how much room skaters have -- surely more fun than the congestion on weekends.

Monday January 17 2011

Wherever there are snowflurries today, it will be hard to play shinny hockey until the rinks are cleared. But at 9 a.m. all outdoor rinks are open and skateable.

Saturday January 15 2011

Snow clearing happened very quickly after the snow ended -- there was no update on the city's rink site (from 3 pm Friday Jan.14) but it's possible that all outdoor rinks were back in full operation by mid-afternoon.

Saturday January 15 2011

At 10 a.m. all outdoor rinks are snow-covered. While the snow continues, some rinks will be open for pleasure-skating but there can be no shinny hockey.

Friday January 14 2011

All rinks are open for skating -- perfect weather.

Thursday January 13 2011

At 8.30 a.m., the city's website lists 11 outdoor rinks still snow-covered, but this is a report from 3 p.m. yesterday, so it's probably incorrect. The snow flurries this morning will make shinny hockey slower, and schools may cancel their skating times because of the cold (minus 13 at 8 a.m.). But the ice will be good.

Wednesday January 12 2011

1.50 pm: All but two of the city's double pad rinks are listed as cleared (the exceptions are Giovanni Caboto and North Toronto). All of Etobicoke's single-pad hockey board rinks are cleared (they each have their own snow removal and ice resurfacing equipment). None of North York's single pad hockey-board rinks are cleared (they each have their own zamboni but none have snow removal equipment available). Four of Toronto Central's eleven single-pad hockey board rinks are cleared (none of those rinks have their own equipment but the flying squads that service them have a plough attached to a truck). Most civic rinks are cleared, and so are most of Etobicoke's "minor" tennis-court rinks.

The final report on the city's website, written at 3 pm, showed 11 outdoor rinks still snow-covered, most of them in central Toronto.

Wednesday January 12 2011

Noon to 1pm updates with more rinks now operational from the city's website: Buttonwood, Colonel Sam Smith, Dieppe, High Park, Humber Valley, Lambton, Prince of Wales, Queensway, Rennie, Rivercrest, Royalcrest, Sir Adam Beck, Summerlea, Sunnydale, Valleyfield, Wedgewood, Martingrove, Westmall, Westwood, Westway!!! So that leaves 21 rinks snow covered after yesterday's snowfall.

Wednesday January 12 2011

At 9am this morning, every thing was snow covered. An 11am update of the city's website says the following rinks have been cleared: College Park, Campbell, Dieppe by noon, Dufferin, Greenwood, Hodgson, KEW by noon, City Hall, Otter Creek, Regent south, Wallace Rinks. 9 of 50 rinks open to skate in the city right now.

Tuesday January 11 2011

As of 10 pm, the 50 outdoor municipal skating rinks were snow-covered -- unsuitable for shinny hockey but fine for pleasure-skating.

Monday January 10, 2011

A chilly but beautiful day for skating, at 50 municipal outdoor rinks plus two more non-City public rinks, also free for skaters: Harbourfront's Natrel Rink and the Brickworks skating trail.

Monday January 3 2011

50 municipal outdoor rinks are listed as open. The rain two days ago will have made the ice a bit thicker, since as soon as rain falls, the compressors help to freeze it, even at warm temperatures. At the more heavily-used rinks, there were thin patches by the end of the holidays -- because of the large number of skaters, scraping off the ice. Also there were rinks that did not have enough ice resurfacing by zambonis. So nature, by bringing rain on New Year's Day, took the place of good ice maintenance.

Sunday December 26 2010

50 City outdoor rinks are open and ice maintenance staff are working from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Boxing Day. There is limited access to washrooms and change rooms in the downtown area.

Harbourfront's Natrel Rink is open and maintained on all holidays, on the normal schedule.

Saturday December 25, 2010

City outdoor rinks are unserviced on Christmas Day (except for Nathan Phillips Square and Sir Albert Campbell Rink in Scarborough) but unlocked. So 50 rinks are open for skating.

Harbourfront's Natrel Rink is open and maintained on all holidays, only that on Christmas Day the change room closes at 4.30 pm. (normally open until 10 pm).

Tuesday Dec.21, 2010

1pm Update. The mess at Ward 18 rinks. Wallace: the dedicated Zamboni has been pulled to make ice for Trinity's Toronto Maple Leafs opening tomorrow. The ice at Wallace Rink is packed with skaters and very rough. Campbell Rink: one of the much sought after green metal shovels have disappeared from inside the rink building, ice has had no at all maintenance today, snowy. Dufferin Rink, the nets disappeared this morning (taken to Trinity Rink)? Dufferin Rink, very crowded, is using the small shinny nets for the day.

3.45 pm: the Wallace Zamboni returned and there may be some ice maintenance at some point.

Friday Dec.17 2010

The city's website lists 49 rinks as good for skating. In the morning, some single pad rinks are still snow-covered from last night (the single pad rinks in the central region have no on-site snow removal crew or equipment). That means pucks can't move until the ice is cleaned, but pleasure-skating works.

Dec.14, 4pm: sample of what happens at central-city single-pad rinks when it snows --

Dec.14, 4pm- Rink co-ordinator called foreperson to find out when flying squad was coming - was told that regular Tuesday night foreperson is off because of an accident, second foreperson answered the radio, but it's his night off, third foreperson's radio responded "unavailable." 4:30pm - snow stopped. On-site rink staff radioed the flying squad to ask when they will be at the rink, but they didn't seem to want to talk to him. Rink co-ordinator called flying crew, was told to call the foreperson. Rink co-ordinator asked if they had the foreperson's number, no response. Co-ordinator called the rink supervisor, who passed her back to the foreperson whose radio had been "unavailable," and he answered this time, and said that right now they couldn't estimate when they'd get to the rink. 6:50pm - foreperson called rink co-ordinator to say the flying squad was on their way. 7pm - flying squad scraped rink to get the snow off. Zamboni driver tells rink co-ordinator "don't phone me again."

Sunday Dec.12 at 2.30 pm:

- On the city website all rinks are listed as operational): different information from 311: 3 rinks have been closed due to poor weather conditions -- Broadlands, North Toronto and Albert Campbell.

Monday December 13 2010

3 PM All the rinks have been cleared of snow -- some have patches of snow drifts, but they're not bad.

Monday December 13 2010

At 12 noon, the city's website says the rinks are operational but wet, i.e. this is still the announcement from yesterday 10.30 a.m. Actually some of the rinks must be snow-covered -- and the temperature is -13 -- no rinks are wet. We checked with 311, whose operator called the supervisor and then said that "wet" means "covered." But it doesn't.

Monitoring the City's 311 rink information.


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