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To see all the diaries for an individual rink, go to the individual rink's folder, through the rinks details pages.

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Why We Love Outdoor Rinks, is a collection of some of our favourite stories from the diaries. A great read!


As far as we know, the city of Toronto has more outdoor compressor-cooled skating rinks than any city in the world. There are 49 of them and then there's Harbourfront. For four years, rink friends have been dropping in at various rinks and writing about them.

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From 2008- 2009 diaries:


plowing water at the tournament

Weather: high of 8, no rain although it was in the forcast. The sun came out for about two hours in the early afternoon.

Ice maintenance: 8;30 s/f, 11:45 s/f, 4pm water pumped off with zamboni, , 5:45 water pumped off with zamboni, 9pm s/f.

This was the second day of the "Women of Winter" shinny hockey tournament. In the afternoon the games were played in a lake, because it was warm and the sun was shining. When the zamboni operator came at 4 and took off the water, everyone cheered him. The final game was played on good ice.

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