For better use and better management. The UNOFFICIAL Website of Toronto's Outdoor Skating Rinks
posted October 24, 2007
This proposal was superseded by the MasterCard donation.
posted August, 2007
See also What Needs Fixing and How to fix it.
City Council has said that outdoor rinks will not open until January 2008 as a cost-cutting measure. Here's a better plan. The following proposals would save rink service, while costing very little.
Open the following twelve rinks on November 16:
See map below for distribution of these.
1. Rennie Rink (double pad, hockey league, closest to Etobicoke)
2. Dufferin Rink (double pad)
3. Wallace-Emerson Rink (double pad, women's hockey)
4. Harry Gairey Rink (double pad, NHL Hockey in the Neighbourhood))
5. Hodgson Rink (double pad)
6. Ramsden Rink (double pad)
7. Jimmie Simpson Rink (single pad, NHL Hockey in the Neighbourhood)
8. Greenwood Rink (double pad)
9. Dieppe Rink (double pad)
10. Kew Rink (single pad, high usage, closest to Scarborough)
11. Nathan Phillips Square (single pad, high usage, city square)
12. Mel Lastman Rink (single pad, high usage, city square)
Maintenance: permanent staff only. Note that this is one less rink than the City kept open with permanent staff only in March 2006. All rinks operated by roving operators, zambonis stay at rinks. Snow shovels available at all rinks, shovelling supervision by rink guards. Ice quality can be good.
Rink staffing: casual rink staff.
Income to help with rink staffing costs:
1. every rink should aim to get $2000 permit income per rink (permits only after 9 pm -- high demand and no interference with youth/child shinny hockey). Senior city outdoor rink staff, indoor arena staff, and the "Save Our Rinks" network can help with publicity, to find the permit groups.
2. have rink staff sell canned/bottled drinks and pre-packaged snacks (minimum) at every rink. Dufferin Rink staff can help set this up. Net income per rink for December: $1000 - $3000, depending on usage.
Open the remaining outdoor rinks on Dec.22. Close all rinks on the last Sunday in February (save energy costs by not staying open in March).
Improve outdoor rink operation beginning this winter, to gain more users, use less energy, have better ice maintenance, attract more permit revenue.
See also Map of Outdoor Rinks for all 49 Toronto owned outdoor rinks