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Sorauren Park Profile

Features:

A double pad, large and well-maintained

Opening and closing dates:

Opened Dec.28, 2017. Closing: TBA

Comments about this rink: e-mail us at [email protected].

 

2018

Announcement for Family Day, Feb.19, 2018

Come to Sorauren Park on Family Day, Monday February 19, for a special Farmers Market, 3 – 7 p.m. The pizza oven will be fired up, there will be free hot cider, and delicious hot chocolate will be sold from an outdoor booth.

If the weather cooperates, the natural ice rink will be open for pleasure skating and shinny. Plus, all the winter Market vendors will be open in the Fieldhouse.

The Market will also be offering a family portrait service and board games. See you at the park!


shinny hockey at the rink. Photo: Friends of Sorauren Park

clearing the snow, with helpers. Photo: Friends of Sorauren Park
 
Feb.8, 2018

On a school day at noon, the rink is empty but there are skate marks and the big rinks look firm and smooth.


opening in fence to get to east rink

big, smooth west rink

sign is friendly but firm

new pizza oven near the rink fence

This year there is no shortage of snow -- and as the rink makes obvious, who needs hockey boards when you have the snow piled this high?

 

Rink diaries from earlier years:

2017

Feb.2, 2017

Feb.2, natural ice making a comeback: Sorauren Park hosers, 9.30 p.m.

Three people were hosing the ice at 9.30 p.m. They said they're determined to have a rink for Family Day, plan to have a campfire too.

 
January, 2017

the rink on Jan.14

the "rink" on Jan.24

This has not been a good year for natural ice rinks so far -- no ice over the holidays and very little after.

 

2016

January 27, 2016, 11 a.m.

Despite yesterday's warm weather (up to 5 celsius), this rink is smooth and hard this morning. However, it's still cloudy -- when the sun comes out later, there may be a different story.


looking northeast

looking northwest
 
January 23, 2016

Saturday afternoon shinny in the hood

neighbourhood engagement
 
Jan.20, 2016

At 2 pm, the rink looked great and there were schoolkids on it, skating around while their teacher watched. She said she knew it was open because her husband and son are both on the flooding-volunteers list.

This double rink has short boards and a liner, since there's no natural dip in the ground.


perfect ice

sign says they flood at 9 pm

2015

January 17 2015

At 4 pm, the two rinks had lots of people and the ice looked great.


Junior A's, upcoming

he saw the shovel there and thought he'd just use it
 
January 8 2015, Announcement from Sorauren Park Hosers:

Join the Sorauren Rink community build this Saturday Now that we finally have some decent weather, preparations are being made for the volunteer-powered Sorauren Park natural ice rink.

You can help this Saturday morning, Jan. 10, starting at 9 a.m. on the baseball diamond. The Sorauren Hosers are looking for volunteers to help install the boards (last year’s innovation) and start flooding. The Hosers make two interconnected pads, one for shinny and one for pleasure skating.

All hands are helpful, and all ages, but especially needed are folks handy with cordless drill-drivers (please bring your charged-up tools) and hammers. We install 8”-high boards to keep in the water (see photo above).

The Hosers also need volunteers to help flood. A two- or three-person crew floods every night at 9 p.m., weather permitting. Volunteers typically pick one night per week to join that evening’s crew. We match up experienced Hosers with newcomers.

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Rink Diary 2013

Saturday January 5 2013

double pad rink

snow divider with opening

some grass in the corner
 
January 19, 2013

big icy puddle, January 19
 

Rink Diary 2011-2012

Sorauren Park

2011: January


rink in two sections

lively shinny game
 

2011: February

Family Day, February 21 2011

From CELOS rink visitors: At 4:50pm there were still about 40 skaters at the rink, 8 playing shinny, 12 pleasure skaters, the rest around the rink and the campfire. The campfire was cozy, in a shallow metal dish raised off the ground. The market was extended today to run 2-7pm. The ice looked great, people said that it was a puddle after the warm weather, but it re-froze and they did a lot of repair on it, and now it's in good shape again.


community floods every night

the rink got rebuilt after the big thaw


getting the hang of it

the campfire station

so many families

campfire with elegant stand

hot chocolate tent

farmers' market in the field house

Link to descriptions and "home movies" from other years: http://www.soraurenpark.com/rink.html

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Rink Diary2012-2013

Saturday January 5 2013

double pad rink

snow divider with opening

some grass in the corner
 
January 19, 2013

big icy puddle, January 19
 

Rink Diary 2011-2012

Sorauren Park

2011: January


rink in two sections

lively shinny game
 

2011: February

Family Day, February 21 2011

From CELOS rink visitors: At 4:50pm there were still about 40 skaters at the rink, 8 playing shinny, 12 pleasure skaters, the rest around the rink and the campfire. The campfire was cozy, in a shallow metal dish raised off the ground. The market was extended today to run 2-7pm. The ice looked great, people said that it was a puddle after the warm weather, but it re-froze and they did a lot of repair on it, and now it's in good shape again.


community floods every night

the rink got rebuilt after the big thaw


getting the hang of it

the campfire station

so many families

campfire with elegant stand

hot chocolate tent

farmers' market in the field house

Link to descriptions and "home movies" from other years: http://www.soraurenpark.com/rink.html

 

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