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Monday Feb. 5 2007 7:51 PM

From: Deirdre Norman
To: Kevin Bowser

My name is Deirdre Norman. I run the annual The Women of Winter outdoor shinny tournament at Dufferin Grove rink and am generally a shinny and outdoor ice fan. I also believe in supporting our rinks any way I can. I understand that High Park Rink has a zamboni tent to house their zamboni and I am interested in getting as much information from you as possible re: cost, place of purchase, etc. in order to research the possibility of having one donated to Wallace -Emerson Rink.

I hope you are able to help me with this endeavour.

Friday Feb. 9 2007, 9:58 am

From: Deirdre Norman
To: Tino

As I am sure you know, I am quite dedicated to the outdoor rink experience and not just for the women I play with but for the community at large. It seems to me a shame that a rink such as Wallace does not have the equipment support to maintain quality ice. This was a concern of mine (and other users) even before the unfortunate circumstances this week which prevented the rink from being open.

I have made enquiries with the staff regarding zambonis, their availability, and the housing concerns. It seems to me that if Wallace had a shed, or tent similar to the one at High Park then a zamboni could be housed on site thus ensuring regular ice maintenance and quality ice.

I am not sure why, especially after the spectacular rebuild of the rink that there isn't one but I, as a member of the shinny-playing community want to contribute by investigating the possibility of having a tent donated to the rink.

I have emailed Brian Green for logistical information; i.e. cost and supplier, who suggested I email Kevin Bowser. Having done that and not received a response I am emailing you (I had hoped that I would be able to send you a proposal instead of a request). Could you supply me with that info?

You, in my experience, have always been supportive of improving the rink experience for everyone and I appreciate that.

We, the users of the rinks, are more than just consumers. We care about our parks and our rinks. Whenever it is possible and helpful we want to collaborate with Parks to make it work for all of us.

Thank you,

Friday Feb. 9 2007 1:35 pm

From: Adam Giambrone
To: Deirdre Norman

Hi Deirdre,

Thanks for writing. By copy of this email I am requesting that Kevin Bowser respond to your email below as soon as possible.

Also, feel free to email me more details about your proposal in the future and I will take a look.


Adam Giambrone
Toronto City Councillor

Friday Feb. 9 2007 5:58 pm

From: Tino
To: Deirdre Norman

Hi Deirdre, I will raise your concerns with the Parks Branch and ask them to respond to you as soon as possible.

I am glad that the your program was still able to run on Thursday.

Monday Feb. 12 2007 3:51 pm

From: Kevin Bowser
To: Deirdre Norman

Hello Deirdre:

Thank you for your e-mail regarding various issues at Wallace Emerson Rink.

I can't comment on why, when the rink was renovated, there was not an area for the Zamboni or Olympia to be stored. As you know, the current system in place in the South District is to transport ice resurfacers between rinks. It may have been a financial issue or, perhaps, a design concern. However, I have discussed the possibilities of having an ice resurfacer, perhaps Zamboni, at your rink.

Currently, staff requests any older ice resurfacers that are coming out of the arena program to be transferred to the rink program.

Various issues that need to be considered as the ice resurfacers are made available:

- Fuelling of the Zamboni or Olympia machines need to be considered at your rink. I understand we will require a lengthy feed for natural gas, therefore, a gas Zamboni may be more appropriate.

- The shelter installed at High Park is not ideal, however, does eliminate snow and ice build-up on the machine. It's preferable to have an indoor warm location for the ice resurfacers. The unit currently at High Park was purchased from a supplier, Trillium Greenhouse Equipment, at a cost of approx. $1,000. These shelters are available through various suppliers to include Costco, Canadian Tire and other similar retail outlets.

In my discussions with Brian Green, Wallace Emerson is high on the priority list for the next available ice resurfacer. Hopefully, this can be arranged in the near future.

If you should require any further information, please feel free to contact either Brian Green or myself. Good luck with the rest of the skating season.


W. N. Kevin Bowser

Manager of Parks

Etobicoke York District

August 23, 2007 12:39 pm

From: Deirdre Norman
To: Adam Giambrone

Adam, The rink season approaches and I am emailing to follow up on previous emails regarding the acquisition of a zamboni tent for Wallace-Emerson Rink. We had made a tentative offer to raise money for the purchase of a tent similar to the one at High Park. Last April 11 I received an email from your office stating that you would look into the matter and get back to me.

I realize that this is only one small item in a long list but it is near the top of mine so I would like to say that we, The Women of Winter, are going to proceed in raising money for said tent in the hopes that everyone involved will be on board with housing a zamboni on site in order to ensure quality ice at Wallace-Emerson Rink. (something that was missing last year) I look forward to another fabulous winter of shinny.

Deirdre Norman
for The Women of Winter

Dec. 18, 2007 3:19 pm

From: Deirdre Norman
To: Kevin Bowser

Kevin, I just wanted to thank you for being open to having The Women of Winter collaborate with Parks and Rec to purchase a tent for the ice machine at Wallace-Emerson. Adam Giambrone and I announced it at the rink opening on Dec. 9.

It has been relatively easy to raise the money as everyone has an investment in maintaining the quality of ice and I am always touched by the enthusiasm and support of rink users. I now look forward to the tent arriving at Wallace. Thanks again and I hope to see you on the ice,

Wednesday Dec. 19 2007 11:19 am

From:Chris Gallop
To: Deirdre Norman

Hi Deirdre,

This is great news, I'm glad things are going well with the fundraising. If you hit any roadblocks that our office can help with please let me know.

Best regards,

Chris Gallop
Constituency Assistant to:
Adam Giambrone
Toronto City Councillor

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