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Sunnydale Acres Rink Profile

Built: unknown
Compressors: two 50 hp, adds up to 100 hp, plus 20hp and 7.5 hp pumps. Glycol
Condensor installed in 1989, compressors and heat exchanger in 2000

Opening: Nov.25, 2017
Closing: TBA

Rink change area: Spacious and clean. There are narrow windows that face the ice but there is no clear view unless you are standing right next to them.

Staff: A rink operator is on site Monday- Friday 3-11pm. On weekends there are two shifts 7am-3pm and 3pm-11pm. Total of 9 ice maintenance shifts a week. During public skating hours a rink guard is present.

Maintenance: The ice is cleaned at the discretion of the operator. When the operator isn't there, it is cleaned by a roving crew that services 3-4 rinks. There is a tractor at the rink which has its own garage.


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lots of logos

three rink makeovers in five years
 

Rink Diary

2017 - 2018


Loaner skates at Wallace Rink, 2014
September 11, 2017

A letter was sent to the city councillor, offering a donation of a complete skate loan collection for this rink.

Our reasons:
* people love to borrow skates: newcomers, school classes, kids and youth who grew out of their skates
* we have 110 pairs of skates, 20 hockey sticks, 20 helmets to donate
* this kind of program has been done by city staff for 12 years at Dufferin Rink, 9 years at Wallace and Campbell -- lots of experienced staff, each one teach one
* staff often have time on their hands to lend skates and also to maintain skates
* the city has insurance that can cover this (the city is self-insured under $5 million anyway), but skate lending programs are rarely threatened with a claim if they do responsible skate maintenance.

Offer declined.

 


Rink diaries from earlier years:


2016 - 2017


2015 - 2016

No rink visits, no skater reports


2014 - 2015

March 19, 2015

There were a few skaters just coming off. The rink guard said that there were no skaters on either of his previous two daytime shifts -- the only person who came was a guy looking for a hat he had lost.

The rink had apparently gone down to cement along the boards, but the zamboni driver spent a long time flooding and scraping to get the ice back. It was back, but with a lot of bubbles and shell ice.


March 19, 1.30 pm, 2 celsius. Four skaters just got off

big ice repair was done March 18
 
Dec.5 2014

The rink re-opened today, although with fairly thin ice. The old boards are back up, so is the plexiglass. The glass has puck marks everywhere, so it always looks as though feathers are flying through the air.


boards are back up

new strong bolts put on from the back
 
Nov.30 2014

The rink still has not re-opened.

Nov.25 2014

Missing: the boards blew down yesterday

1.30 p.m.: the rink has no ice, just concrete and bits of blowing snow, and the compressors are not on. It turns out that the end section of the boards blew down in the big wind yesterday. Before ice-making can resume, the boards have to be rebuilt.

There was a big wind last night. But no other reports came in of boards blowing down. Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment paid for the fibreglass boards and inside reno in 2011. Some zamboni drivers are not fond of the fibreglass boards, saying they reflect the light back into the ice and make the ice slushy. Are the boards also weak?

Nov.22 2014

3 p.m.: Sunnyvale open. Good ice. 15 skaters age, 4 rink guards/ staff inside office. Music on, mats out. Bathrooms ok.

 

2013-2014

Monday Dec.30, 2013

the first smoke coming out of the stack, a good sign

The rink reopened today.

It was marked as "closed -- no water or heat" on the city's website since Christmas Eve, although the ice storm took their power out in the early morning of Dec.22. The power to that neighbourhood was restored on Boxing Day. There were trucks outside the building around 1 pm today, and in the afternoon the rink re-opened.

The signage was an adaptation of other signs meant for other uses. What would it take to run up a sign on a park computer saying: "this building lost power on Dec.22 and has been winterized to prevent the water pipes from freezing. It will take between two and four days to bring the rink back into service after the power is restored. Call 311 for updates."

But no such sign was there. And 311 doesn't give more information than "open" or "closed" anyway.


the ice conditions were not the main problem

stating the obvious with no information
 

Saturday Nov.23, 2013

At 1pm, Sunnydale had an empty parking lot, no one in the building and no one on the ice. The ice maintenance staff was just about to go on the ice, its been snow squalls on and off all day long. The ice seemed to be there, not very thick, but might be good for a skate. No opening day signs anywhere visible outside of the building.


no signs saying the rink opens today

good ice on the rink
 

2012-2013

Sunday Nov.25, 2012 (entry by Jutta)

Nov.25 12 noon: ice is coming along

This rink was supposed to be open yesterday, but even though it was still closed, it was a nice surprise to see it in such good shape. The foreperson even speculated that the rink might be able to open this evening. Never in all the years since this rink was on the "early" list did it look this good -- only one day late.

There was a bit if back-and-forth about why the ice wasn't ready on time, with the usual "we had bad luck with the weather" rationale. The foreperson said they had been flooding between 6pm and 2 am (which is better than daytime floods) but again, only since Wednesday. He said, "you have to admit we're doing better than we've ever done," and I said, "no you're not. You should have started the ice earlier in the week and flooded overnight."

But he was right, they have improved a lot. Yes, all the rinks should return to flooding overnight during start-up. It's the "industry standard." But on the other hand -- Sunnydale is ahead of where it was in the last few years, by a country mile.

It was sad to see on the city's website that Sunnydale never did open today. But maybe tomorrow. And I wish I could show them our 6-minute video. How good the ice is depends on the amount of water you put down during the dark hours....


 

2011 - 2012

Dec.4 2011

Late afternoon: Rubber mats are out. New boards all around the rink -- it looks finished, but no sign of ice-making. No staff on site. The change room doors are full of graffiti. Inside the change rooms are full of paint supplies. No sign of any work actually having started inside.


new boards

view through the locked front doors
 
Dec.10 2011

The city's website said this rink was planned to open for the season today, but at 10.30 this morning it was still listed as closed.

According to this youtube video of MLSE "Team Up" crew, these projects are called "rink builds," although of course the rink was already there. Sunnydale Rink was completely repainted inside two years ago. It opened late that year, too, because of unfinished capital projects "state of good repair" work: RinkDiary2009-2010.

The new rink boards look very good, and so does the new rubber flooring. There was a certain amount of duplication, as well: the MLSE crew repainted the inside again last week, and rebuilt the existing staff desk.

Wednesday January 4 2011

This was the day of the official rink opening and the Toronto Maple Leafs' outdoor practice: MLSE "Team Up" videos. The press release says there were thousands of fans, another one says "hundreds" -- and Mayor Rob Ford was there too, as well as Councilor Doug Ford.

Lots of speeches, including one good one promoting the joy of pick-up shinny hockey -- will there be more of it at Sunnydale now?

 

See Diaries tab

Views of the rink


Dec 08/07 - Sign still shows times
Click on picture to enlarge it.

Feb 3/08 - Times on sign have been covered up
Click on picture to enlarge it.

The rink change rooms are full during the "hockey in the neighbourhood" program


From The City of Toronto Website 2014-15

For the skating schedule, go to Sunnydale, then click on Skating.

Rink Diary

2017 - 2018


Loaner skates at Wallace Rink, 2014
September 11, 2017

A letter was sent to the city councillor, offering a donation of a complete skate loan collection for this rink.

Our reasons:
* people love to borrow skates: newcomers, school classes, kids and youth who grew out of their skates
* we have 110 pairs of skates, 20 hockey sticks, 20 helmets to donate
* this kind of program has been done by city staff for 12 years at Dufferin Rink, 9 years at Wallace and Campbell -- lots of experienced staff, each one teach one
* staff often have time on their hands to lend skates and also to maintain skates
* the city has insurance that can cover this (the city is self-insured under $5 million anyway), but skate lending programs are rarely threatened with a claim if they do responsible skate maintenance.

Offer declined.

 


Rink diaries from earlier years:


2016 - 2017


2015 - 2016

No rink visits, no skater reports


2014 - 2015

March 19, 2015

There were a few skaters just coming off. The rink guard said that there were no skaters on either of his previous two daytime shifts -- the only person who came was a guy looking for a hat he had lost.

The rink had apparently gone down to cement along the boards, but the zamboni driver spent a long time flooding and scraping to get the ice back. It was back, but with a lot of bubbles and shell ice.


March 19, 1.30 pm, 2 celsius. Four skaters just got off

big ice repair was done March 18
 
Dec.5 2014

The rink re-opened today, although with fairly thin ice. The old boards are back up, so is the plexiglass. The glass has puck marks everywhere, so it always looks as though feathers are flying through the air.


boards are back up

new strong bolts put on from the back
 
Nov.30 2014

The rink still has not re-opened.

Nov.25 2014

Missing: the boards blew down yesterday

1.30 p.m.: the rink has no ice, just concrete and bits of blowing snow, and the compressors are not on. It turns out that the end section of the boards blew down in the big wind yesterday. Before ice-making can resume, the boards have to be rebuilt.

There was a big wind last night. But no other reports came in of boards blowing down. Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment paid for the fibreglass boards and inside reno in 2011. Some zamboni drivers are not fond of the fibreglass boards, saying they reflect the light back into the ice and make the ice slushy. Are the boards also weak?

Nov.22 2014

3 p.m.: Sunnyvale open. Good ice. 15 skaters age, 4 rink guards/ staff inside office. Music on, mats out. Bathrooms ok.

 

2013-2014

Monday Dec.30, 2013

the first smoke coming out of the stack, a good sign

The rink reopened today.

It was marked as "closed -- no water or heat" on the city's website since Christmas Eve, although the ice storm took their power out in the early morning of Dec.22. The power to that neighbourhood was restored on Boxing Day. There were trucks outside the building around 1 pm today, and in the afternoon the rink re-opened.

The signage was an adaptation of other signs meant for other uses. What would it take to run up a sign on a park computer saying: "this building lost power on Dec.22 and has been winterized to prevent the water pipes from freezing. It will take between two and four days to bring the rink back into service after the power is restored. Call 311 for updates."

But no such sign was there. And 311 doesn't give more information than "open" or "closed" anyway.


the ice conditions were not the main problem

stating the obvious with no information
 

Saturday Nov.23, 2013

At 1pm, Sunnydale had an empty parking lot, no one in the building and no one on the ice. The ice maintenance staff was just about to go on the ice, its been snow squalls on and off all day long. The ice seemed to be there, not very thick, but might be good for a skate. No opening day signs anywhere visible outside of the building.


no signs saying the rink opens today

good ice on the rink
 

2012-2013

Sunday Nov.25, 2012 (entry by Jutta)

Nov.25 12 noon: ice is coming along

This rink was supposed to be open yesterday, but even though it was still closed, it was a nice surprise to see it in such good shape. The foreperson even speculated that the rink might be able to open this evening. Never in all the years since this rink was on the "early" list did it look this good -- only one day late.

There was a bit if back-and-forth about why the ice wasn't ready on time, with the usual "we had bad luck with the weather" rationale. The foreperson said they had been flooding between 6pm and 2 am (which is better than daytime floods) but again, only since Wednesday. He said, "you have to admit we're doing better than we've ever done," and I said, "no you're not. You should have started the ice earlier in the week and flooded overnight."

But he was right, they have improved a lot. Yes, all the rinks should return to flooding overnight during start-up. It's the "industry standard." But on the other hand -- Sunnydale is ahead of where it was in the last few years, by a country mile.

It was sad to see on the city's website that Sunnydale never did open today. But maybe tomorrow. And I wish I could show them our 6-minute video. How good the ice is depends on the amount of water you put down during the dark hours....


 

2011 - 2012

Dec.4 2011

Late afternoon: Rubber mats are out. New boards all around the rink -- it looks finished, but no sign of ice-making. No staff on site. The change room doors are full of graffiti. Inside the change rooms are full of paint supplies. No sign of any work actually having started inside.


new boards

view through the locked front doors
 
Dec.10 2011

The city's website said this rink was planned to open for the season today, but at 10.30 this morning it was still listed as closed.

According to this youtube video of MLSE "Team Up" crew, these projects are called "rink builds," although of course the rink was already there. Sunnydale Rink was completely repainted inside two years ago. It opened late that year, too, because of unfinished capital projects "state of good repair" work: RinkDiary2009-2010.

The new rink boards look very good, and so does the new rubber flooring. There was a certain amount of duplication, as well: the MLSE crew repainted the inside again last week, and rebuilt the existing staff desk.

Wednesday January 4 2011

This was the day of the official rink opening and the Toronto Maple Leafs' outdoor practice: MLSE "Team Up" videos. The press release says there were thousands of fans, another one says "hundreds" -- and Mayor Rob Ford was there too, as well as Councilor Doug Ford.

Lots of speeches, including one good one promoting the joy of pick-up shinny hockey -- will there be more of it at Sunnydale now?

 
 

Diary 2010 - 2011, Diary 2009-2010, Diary 2007 -2008

 
 

To see the (2007-2008) report card, click here

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