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posted January 07, 2009
We have gone to several disparate sources to arrive at an estimate of annual (seasonal) operating costs of Toronto's 49 outdoor rinks ("AIR's" - Artificial Ice Rinks).
Our best estimate of direct costs from these approaches is
Total direct cost estimate $3.2M (average about $65,000 per rink - 12 week season)
These estimates do not include
and do not take into account
Note: In a report provided to us by the city, a table of cost samples (page 27 - breakdown page 25) provides cost estimates for AIR's ranging from $75,000 to $271,000 per year each, depending on cost classification. If the upper classification is correct, the inclusive annual cost of running outdoor rinks could be in the order of (conservatively, say $200,000 per year x 49 rinks) about $10M - $12M. In fact on page 8 the report says the cost for outdoor single-pad artificial ice rink is approx. $250,000. This would total to at least $12.25M for all 49 rinks. (Another issue: On page 8 the report indicates that there are 40 outdoor rinks. There are actually 49).