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Monday January 3 2011, e-mail from a skater named Eric, visiting from Kansas. Eric wrote:

Hey,

Just returned from a little vacation to Toronto to play some shinny and just hang out around the city.

Where I live in Kansas, I can get about 45 minutes of ice time per week, so it is a fun break to head up there and get a few hours per day.

I figured I've found your website so helpful, that i would run through our week and report on the rinks we visited.

Rivercrest 3:30pm: Not too many people here in the mid afternoon, just one skater with his very young son. The ice was in good shape, but is surrounded by cement on all almost all sides. This isn't a problem if you can see it, but if it gets snow covered, lots of people seem to accidentally skate onto it, which pretty much ends their skating for the day. The fence was missing the plastic baseboards and had a gap in the bottom in one area and pucks kept ending up in the grass near the school as a result.

Tuesday January 4, 2010

Rivercrest 6:30pm: Heavy snow tonight didn't keep players away, however, the colder temperatures kept the ice very hard and reasonably smooth. There were about 6 shinny players and 3 pleasure skaters when we arrived. By 7:30pm there were about 20 playing shinny, sharing the ice in four sections, two shinny games that were often merged in a mass of bodies with multiple pucks, as well as some pleasure skaters trying to avoid the shinny, plus some teens shooting a puck in one corner. Heavy snow stopped play, until the players pulled down one of the sections of protective boards to use as a shovel and players took turns cleaning the rink of snow. Half a dozen skaters destroyed their skate blades on the cement because the light dusting of snow made the transition from ice to cement at the end of the rink all but invisible.


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