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Rink Diary 2012-2013

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Sun Jan 6, 2013 Inside Toronto Article

There's an entry in inside Toronto explaining a bit about the McCormick Natural Ice rinks. Here's a snapshot.

Wed Dec 5, 2012. Posted by Jen Cypher

Friends of McCormick Park are planning on flooding a skating rink in the park this winter (weather willing). This project requires volunteers, people to commit to an initial flood and then maintenance flooding to keep a 3 inch or more ice surface going. If you are interested in helping out please email me at [email protected] and I will put you on the volunteer list, let you know about orientation etc.

All the best, hope for snow!

Saturday December 28th, 2012

Flooding of McCormick Park Rinks starts today. The plan is to make two rinks by the baseball diamond.

Tuesday January 1st, 2013 - New Year's Day - from Jennifer Cypher

Ice-making in McCormick Park will start at around 3 p.m. today, January 1st, and continuing until at least 8 p.m.. If you have expertise to share, are interested in learning how to flood, or just want to check it out and talk to your neighbours while kids run around in the snow please drop by what used to be the baseball diamond. There will be cookies and we are trying to transport hot chocolate.

''Editors note: The flooding continued till 11pm - below is a picture from the Friends of McCormick Facebook Page at the end of Day 1

Saturday January 5 2013

big two-pad surface

2 pm: kids on shoes

"skates might get dulled so we'll just use our shoes"
January 19 and 20, 2013

ice melts faster on a dark surface

The ice is all gone from the big double pad -- the dark red sand surface of the baseball diamond may have helped the rays of the January thaw sun. The temperature went back down on January 20, but as of 8 pm there was no sign of flooding yet.

January 23 2013

January 23: snow but no ice yet

sign from before: it takes so much work
January 26, 2013 from Lindsay Somers

Thank you so much for featuring McCormick's ice rink. We are trying to get up and running to do a hose down this evening. We are watching the weather for next week, and we are hoping we will be able to pull the rink off before it gets too warm again.

We have a great group of volunteers involved from the community, and are looking forward to enjoying our first real skate sometime soon.

Feb.1 2013

rink all gone

only the sign is left
Feb.2 2013, from Jen Cipher, Friends of McCormick Park

Come out and help re-start the rink in McCormick Park tomorrow. Email me for a time slot or just drop by between 10 and 4 and take a turn with the hose.


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