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Rink reports from earlier years:
COVID-RELATED RESTRICTIONS: To find out how to book a skating time, go to the city's outdoor rinks web page.
All shinny hockey has been removed except for Greenwood (and only children and youth are allowed there). The city's opening rules are described here and our rinks blog is here.
The rink is closed for unspecified "mechanical problems."
The rink has been marked as open until yesterday and then it was listed as "snow removal in progress" (with over 25 cm of snow). At 1 p.m. it was again listed as open.
Today the rink got off the "closed for a watermain break" list. Open again.
Listed as closed due to a water main break. Again?
Very skateable but could definitely use a few more nights to freeze, it's not as dense as it should be. Fun though
2 p.m., from Geri Dempsey: The temperature has dropped and the sun is out - a perfect winter day for skating finally. When I arrived at Summerlea rink, it was very confusing as to whether it was open or closed. I never quite figured that out. The ice looked thin and unused, like maybe the rink was just getting going. No sign of any staff but a City Truck was in the lot so I went over and asked them what the status of the rink was. He smiled. "Not from Parks and Rec", he said, "I'm water and sewage". He had no idea whether the rink was open for skating or not. The only indication it might be was a door in the fence was not padlocked and left ajar...No notices or signs indicating otherwise.
Listed as open.
A 311 tech services truck was just arriving at about 11.30. The compressors were on and steam was coming out of the condenser. The tech services guys said the power had been off and that's why the pipes burst, but now it's fixed and the rink should open before too long.
He said that the rink has had a lot of issues, the most recent one being a burst water main during the cold spell. He said he had a meeting with the Parks manager yesterday and was told they would try to have the rink open in two weeks, despite the tricky problems, and that the crew are working on the rink now.
I asked about putting up a sign at the rink to let people know what's happening, and Councillor Ford said he'd ask for one.
Our cityrinks.ca site and our FB page have been getting some queries and complaints about Summerlea Rink being closed for much of the season again this year. As you can see on our Summerlea Rink page here, that neighbourhood lost many rink days due to closure in 2014 -- counting this year, that's a lot of down time.
We emailed the councillor's office in mid-December and she wrote that she would inquire -- but nothing has come back.
Do you know what the plans are?
NO sign of any work being done, nor is there any information about what the problem is. There's only a crumpled sign attached to the fence says "Rink closed, thank you for a great season, see you next winter" -- not so far!
Note: The city's rink website says this rink is "Delayed opening due to mechanical issues, estimated to open mid - January 2018"
So summerlea is definitely open and skateable. If it wasn't for the snow last night it would've been great.
Summerlea is listed as "delayed for mechanical issues" but is now also listed as open.
Listed as closed, Dec.24 to Dec.27
The rink opened Nov.22, closed Nov.30, reopened Dec.2.
Phone call with Paul Saracino. He said that in the whole period of time Summerlea Rink was closed with no sign of explanation of it (26 days), not ONE person called the councillor's office to ask or to complain. Does anyone care about this rink?
This rink has been out of action since the ice storm on Dec.22. Today the compressor is not on. The rink is locked, but with NO signage stating that fact or giving any information. The ice surface is bumpy with ice in the same way that many park surfaces have bumpy ice at the moment.
Early evening: Great ice. There was a family of 4 skating and others just arriving. There were lots of signs of maintenance, and the driver had just left, having flooded with a machine. The bus shelter change room is kind of a nice touch to the rink. Some more staff time, with hot chocolate, could make this a pretty fun hangout spot. Lots of parking. No signs, however, were up about when the rink was officially opening.
Summerlea 4:30pm: This rink had half a dozen shinny players when we arrived. The ice was in OK shape. The crew arrived to clean the ice, but spent the entire time removing a large pool of blood from an injury on the ice surface and said they didn't have time to clean the rest of the rink as a result. After 6pm, the crowd picked up and about 20 shinny players tried to split the ice into two games, each with several teams. A few pleasure skaters, including several fairly young kids, tried to stay out of the way.
4:30pm The rink is completed buried in snow. An hour later, the rink operator at Westway says that in Etobicoke the priority after a snowstorm are the larger rinks (the so-called 'majors'). Summerlea is a 'minor,' i.e. an ice pad without boards, nets or changerooms. The operator at Westway said a roving crew was out cleaning the minors. However, it's worth noting that 'minor' rinks are sometimes busier than the 'majors,' partly because there are no permits and the ice is always available and partly because there are fewer rules. Players at Rivercrest, another 'minor' rink, said they played there because they didn't have to wear a helmet.
4:30pm The sign posted by the City says PRIORITY USE: PLEASURE Sunday all day, but this is an unsupervised rink and there is no City staff to tell the shinny players to stay off the ice. |Eight boys are playing a vigorous game of hockey. A family is leaving the rink. Asked if there's always shinny here on Sunday, the father says you can pleasure skate if you want. One of the hockey players says he plays here almost every day and the rink is usually busy except during school hours. A Polish-speaking family arrives at the rink. They don't live in the area and this is their first time here. The children pleasure skate along the side while hockey dominates the rest of the ice.
1:30pm The rink is empty but the ice is good.
12:45pm Maintenance workers are flooding the ice. Some children come and ask if the rink is open. A man comes and asks the same thing. The foreman of the crew working on the ice calls someone on the radio and then says the rink will be open in a couple of hours. The man who asked about the rink says it does get busy at times.