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Queensway Rink Profile

Compressors: Before reconstruction, 100 hp plus 15 hp brine pump. This rink used freon.
Opening and closing dates:

Opening: Dec.7, 2019
Closing: March 1,2019

Rink change area: A new field house was built in 2010 at a cost of $1.54 million. There are changerooms but they are mainly locked.

Staff: This is an unsupervised rink.

Maintenance: Ice is cleaned once a day each morning.

Public Skating and open shinny hockey:

Free Pleasure-skating: Public skating all the time (shared use).

Free Shinny hockey: (Shared use).

This is a shared use rink. Shinny players and pleasures skaters share the ice surface.

Construction was scheduled to rebuild the rink, starting in 2016, finishing in 2017 -- it reopened on Jan.12 2019 instead.


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Rink Diary

2018 - 2019

Feb.9, 2019: official opening

Mark Grimes tent. Gates open for a big pleasure-skating surface

sound system tent
 

mascots

Mark Grimes table inside
 

Mark Grimes himself

Mark Grimes craft table
 

snack table run by rec staff (about 15 PFR staff onsite)

a game and blocks outside
 
Jan.29, 2019

The rink has been marked as open since Jan.12 and then it was listed as "snow removal in progress" (with over 25 cm of snow). At noon today it was again listed as open.

Jan.17, 2019

short skating trail with tight turns, good for a workout

From D.Howey: The new ice trail is quite short, probably less than half the length of Colonol Sam Smith but they've built it so that you could extend your skate by going through two sets of gates onto the shinny rink surface though the gates were locked. The curves are quite tight so it was actually a good workout. They have installed new LED lights around the rink so it is probably well lit in the evening. They are also still finishing up a few details on the change rooms but they are bright and airy. The rink house was open and there were two workers relaying the rubber mats. Lots of parking and a new condo going up soon between the lot and the Queensway. The shinny rink was open and a guy came while I was there to practice shooting on the one net. There was also one pint sized skater who came while I was there.


shinny gates can be opened for a longer skating trail

cars used to point their headlights onto the rink at night
 
Jan.12, 2018

At 9 a.m. the city's rinks web page mystifyingly reports this rink as already open -- from Dec.1, 2018 to Feb.24, 2019, but then as being still "under construction." Meanwhile, the councillor's newsletter says the trail opens today. No word about the hockey pad.

By noon the city's web page was changed to "open," although it still claimed the rink season as having started on Dec.1.

From Councillor Grimes' newsletter:

"I am pleased to announce that the Queensway Park Skating Trail at 8 Avon Park Drive, will be open for use as of Saturday January 12th. I know that the community has been waiting a long time for this project to be completed, but the time has come to take out the skates!

Stay tuned for information on an official grand opening event in the future!"

Nov.27,2018

It looks like there may still be lots to do, hard to tell and no signs to explain. The bad news is that the city's website says the opening has been postponed until January 2019. The good news is that there are actually workers doing things, not like at some of the other "delayed opening" rinks which seem to have no one.


skating trail is continuous with hockey rink, an evergreen to skate around

hockey side is about the same shape as before
 

still lots to do

installing a railing for the skating trail
 
Nov.23, 2018

Earlier today this rink was listed as opening by Dec.15. By the afternoon that estimate was changed to January 2019.

Nov.21 2018

Until a few days ago, this rink was still listed as "closed for the season." But now it's listed as "delayed opening," no date given. The schedule has been showing a Dec.1 2018 opening all along.

June 5, 2018: construction moving along

digging a hole

fence posts up
 

refrigeration machinery still in its shipping frames

old rink house is gone, just a big pile of dirt now
 


 

Rink diaries from earlier years

2017 - 2018

Here is the March 2017 link for work description for bidders who want the contract to rebuild Queensway Rink. Includes destruction of older rink building and rink pad, replacing with rink pad and skating trail plus parking lot and tennis courts -- all for $1.5 million.

Nov.24, 2017

Thedre's some machinery but no workers. Maybe a couple of guys looking at blueprints, but then they disappear inside the rink building. The former rink buildings has been demolished, but otherwise there's not much sign of work in progress.


it's barely begun


 

2016 - 2017

This rink is listed as closed for the entire 2016/2017 skating season. A city capital projects list said this rink would be under construction, but the city website simply lists it as closed for the whole upcoming rink season.

Oct.25, 2016

There's no sign of construction, nor any sign on the fence or the building saying the rink will not open this year. The only sign of life is park staff vehicles parked outside, for them to have their lunch break inside the locked building.


Queensway rink slab still set up for tennis, no construction

building mainly used for maintenance staff to eat lunch
 

2015 - 2016

Feb.3, 2016

The rink has no ice, just concrete. Obviously the staff never tried again to make ice. Even so, there are "ice dangerous" signs on the fence. No explanation about the compressors being broken, when they will be replaced, etc. The city website says every day that Queensway Rink is closed because of "ice conditions."

Jan.25, 2016

The rink was marked as open in the morning but closed again by afternoon.

Jan.23, 2016

nonsense

This rink began to be listed as open yesterday and this morning, but by 2.30 pm it was closed again. The ice had skate marks on it and had obviously been used. It looked like it could have continued to be used. Instead, danger signs (one from High Park's Grenadier Pond) were stuck on the fence and the gate was locked.

It's hard to avoid the conclusion that even though the city's outdoor rink website claims the broken-down rinks will be run as natural ice rinks when weather allows, the staff just don't feel like making the effort. So at the same time as Grenadier Pond has thick ice, same at Toronto Island, same in numerous neighbour-run natural ice rinks across the city, Riverdale Rink and Queensway continue to be closed to skaters. Yet they've got wide-gauge hoses and plentiful water, well-paid staff, and zambonis.

Jan.20, 2016

big lumps of ice all over, poor staff technique

For several days, the city's outdoor rink website has listed Queensway as closed due to "ice conditions." Since it never opened at all this season, that was a clue that the city was starting to flood it as a natural ice rink. And indeed it had ice on it, but very rough ice -- not skateable, just as the website says. Too bad it's taking so long -- four other natural ice rinks on grass that we saw today were already up and running (i.e. without the benefit of a concrete pad and city staff for flooding). However, it looks like Queensway will probably be ready to open by the weekend. Also it sounds as though they will finally be getting their new equipment, later this year, in time for next rink season.

Dec.10 2015

This rink is odd, since the new rink/park clubhouse was finished in 2010, but the new compressors never came. The old ones are freon and had trouble last year. This year they didn't start up at all.

The city's website had the rink listed as open before the season began, but now the website says the rink will run as a natural ice rink only.

There is no sign up anywhere at the rink telling about what's wrong, what the plans are, etc. There's just a sleek modern building, all locked up, with some graffiti on the bathroom doors.


rink compressor plant is not in good shape -- will only run as a natural ice rink, starting in January 2016

bringing propane? or removing it from the tanks?

fixing fence
 

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Views of the rink


Shinny game: Sunday Feb 24, 2008
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Rink schedule
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The rink viewed through the chainlink fence
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The locked rinkhouse
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There is no schedule on the City website

From The City of Toronto Website 2014-15

For the skating schedule, go to Queensway, then click on Skating.

Rink Diary

2018 - 2019

Feb.9, 2019: official opening

Mark Grimes tent. Gates open for a big pleasure-skating surface

sound system tent
 

mascots

Mark Grimes table inside
 

Mark Grimes himself

Mark Grimes craft table
 

snack table run by rec staff (about 15 PFR staff onsite)

a game and blocks outside
 
Jan.29, 2019

The rink has been marked as open since Jan.12 and then it was listed as "snow removal in progress" (with over 25 cm of snow). At noon today it was again listed as open.

Jan.17, 2019

short skating trail with tight turns, good for a workout

From D.Howey: The new ice trail is quite short, probably less than half the length of Colonol Sam Smith but they've built it so that you could extend your skate by going through two sets of gates onto the shinny rink surface though the gates were locked. The curves are quite tight so it was actually a good workout. They have installed new LED lights around the rink so it is probably well lit in the evening. They are also still finishing up a few details on the change rooms but they are bright and airy. The rink house was open and there were two workers relaying the rubber mats. Lots of parking and a new condo going up soon between the lot and the Queensway. The shinny rink was open and a guy came while I was there to practice shooting on the one net. There was also one pint sized skater who came while I was there.


shinny gates can be opened for a longer skating trail

cars used to point their headlights onto the rink at night
 
Jan.12, 2018

At 9 a.m. the city's rinks web page mystifyingly reports this rink as already open -- from Dec.1, 2018 to Feb.24, 2019, but then as being still "under construction." Meanwhile, the councillor's newsletter says the trail opens today. No word about the hockey pad.

By noon the city's web page was changed to "open," although it still claimed the rink season as having started on Dec.1.

From Councillor Grimes' newsletter:

"I am pleased to announce that the Queensway Park Skating Trail at 8 Avon Park Drive, will be open for use as of Saturday January 12th. I know that the community has been waiting a long time for this project to be completed, but the time has come to take out the skates!

Stay tuned for information on an official grand opening event in the future!"

Nov.27,2018

It looks like there may still be lots to do, hard to tell and no signs to explain. The bad news is that the city's website says the opening has been postponed until January 2019. The good news is that there are actually workers doing things, not like at some of the other "delayed opening" rinks which seem to have no one.


skating trail is continuous with hockey rink, an evergreen to skate around

hockey side is about the same shape as before
 

still lots to do

installing a railing for the skating trail
 
Nov.23, 2018

Earlier today this rink was listed as opening by Dec.15. By the afternoon that estimate was changed to January 2019.

Nov.21 2018

Until a few days ago, this rink was still listed as "closed for the season." But now it's listed as "delayed opening," no date given. The schedule has been showing a Dec.1 2018 opening all along.

June 5, 2018: construction moving along

digging a hole

fence posts up
 

refrigeration machinery still in its shipping frames

old rink house is gone, just a big pile of dirt now
 


 

Rink diaries from earlier years

2017 - 2018

Here is the March 2017 link for work description for bidders who want the contract to rebuild Queensway Rink. Includes destruction of older rink building and rink pad, replacing with rink pad and skating trail plus parking lot and tennis courts -- all for $1.5 million.

Nov.24, 2017

Thedre's some machinery but no workers. Maybe a couple of guys looking at blueprints, but then they disappear inside the rink building. The former rink buildings has been demolished, but otherwise there's not much sign of work in progress.


it's barely begun


 

2016 - 2017

This rink is listed as closed for the entire 2016/2017 skating season. A city capital projects list said this rink would be under construction, but the city website simply lists it as closed for the whole upcoming rink season.

Oct.25, 2016

There's no sign of construction, nor any sign on the fence or the building saying the rink will not open this year. The only sign of life is park staff vehicles parked outside, for them to have their lunch break inside the locked building.


Queensway rink slab still set up for tennis, no construction

building mainly used for maintenance staff to eat lunch
 

2015 - 2016

Feb.3, 2016

The rink has no ice, just concrete. Obviously the staff never tried again to make ice. Even so, there are "ice dangerous" signs on the fence. No explanation about the compressors being broken, when they will be replaced, etc. The city website says every day that Queensway Rink is closed because of "ice conditions."

Jan.25, 2016

The rink was marked as open in the morning but closed again by afternoon.

Jan.23, 2016

nonsense

This rink began to be listed as open yesterday and this morning, but by 2.30 pm it was closed again. The ice had skate marks on it and had obviously been used. It looked like it could have continued to be used. Instead, danger signs (one from High Park's Grenadier Pond) were stuck on the fence and the gate was locked.

It's hard to avoid the conclusion that even though the city's outdoor rink website claims the broken-down rinks will be run as natural ice rinks when weather allows, the staff just don't feel like making the effort. So at the same time as Grenadier Pond has thick ice, same at Toronto Island, same in numerous neighbour-run natural ice rinks across the city, Riverdale Rink and Queensway continue to be closed to skaters. Yet they've got wide-gauge hoses and plentiful water, well-paid staff, and zambonis.

Jan.20, 2016

big lumps of ice all over, poor staff technique

For several days, the city's outdoor rink website has listed Queensway as closed due to "ice conditions." Since it never opened at all this season, that was a clue that the city was starting to flood it as a natural ice rink. And indeed it had ice on it, but very rough ice -- not skateable, just as the website says. Too bad it's taking so long -- four other natural ice rinks on grass that we saw today were already up and running (i.e. without the benefit of a concrete pad and city staff for flooding). However, it looks like Queensway will probably be ready to open by the weekend. Also it sounds as though they will finally be getting their new equipment, later this year, in time for next rink season.

Dec.10 2015

This rink is odd, since the new rink/park clubhouse was finished in 2010, but the new compressors never came. The old ones are freon and had trouble last year. This year they didn't start up at all.

The city's website had the rink listed as open before the season began, but now the website says the rink will run as a natural ice rink only.

There is no sign up anywhere at the rink telling about what's wrong, what the plans are, etc. There's just a sleek modern building, all locked up, with some graffiti on the bathroom doors.


rink compressor plant is not in good shape -- will only run as a natural ice rink, starting in January 2016

bringing propane? or removing it from the tanks?

fixing fence
 

read more

See also:


Diary 2009 - 2010, Diary 2008-2009, RinkDiary2007-2008

 

To see the (2007-2008) report card, click here

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