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Last family Sunday of the season. The ice was good, a zamboni was on-site (even if it was blocking the public walkway), and lots of people responded to the 100 posters that Corey Chivers put up in the neighbourhood on Friday. There was a campfire with hot dogs and hot chocolate, a snack bar inside, and ice painting. Tempera paints were set out in plastic yoghurt containters. and there was also food colouring in spray bottles. This worked very well, and by the end of the afternoon the rink had more designs than the Air Canada Centre, and the snow banks were sprayed full of pictures too. City Councillor Adam Giambrone came and talked to everybody. Mostly people wanted to talk about the TTC, including kids who wanted advice about lost student TTC ID cards. They made the Councillor show them his City Hall ID, and asked him if he was running for mayor. A very friendly atmosphere.
Ice maintenance supervisor said he would try to get the crew to give this site one extra flood.
Heavy, wet snow in the morning. Rink reopened by 4 pm, in time for the Regal Road School skating part -- about 100 people. When womens' shinny permit began at 8.30, the ice had gouges down to the cement at center ice -- pylons put up.
Bright sun plus 4 degrees made the ice slushy and soft. Hockey side closed by evening and permits cancelled, Pleasure-skating side can't be closed and was okay.
From recreation staff Mayssan Shuja:
7 skaters on shinny hockey side, two of them talking on cellphones. No one on pleasure-skating side. Twenty youth hanging around and talking under the overhang from the swimming pool, beside the pleasure skating side. Ice is in very good condition -- no gouges, no cement, corners excellent. Because it's a warm night, the mats are free of ice. Interesting to note that some of the new concrete pad is already crumbling. Also the south zamboni gate has a big gap underneath and all the pucks go through there.
Wallace Rink - lights out, no pleasure skaters, 2 shinny players Mats look like they've been cleared of most snow and ice.
Wallace Rink - 7 pleasure skaters, 17 shinny players Recreation staff at Wallace see that the mats (newly placed and leading up to the wooden stairs) north of the shinny pad are now covered with ice and snow. Recreation staff asked to clear mats, chip ice and shovel snow.
Update from Recreation supervisor, Tino DeCastro. Mats have been put north of the shinny pad, in place by Recreation Staff at Wallace Emerson.
There's been a problem since the day the weather turned cold -- the zamboni crew has to fill the hose right across the path where everyone walks, the hose leaks, and so there's slick ice and people slip on it. Mayssan has talked to the maintenance crew quite a few times. They said they'd put mats along the walkway but they didn't. So Mayssan and Jason spent an hour chopping up the ice, digging out rubber mats from under the snow so they could put them overtop of the ice. It was Mayssan's day off. But she didn't want people to fall there.
Parks supervisor Peter Leiss gave temporary permission to have the campfire back, fairly near the rink. It's been over three weeks since Mr.Leiss imposed his ban on the Family Sunday campfires, and the big family scene that had begun to build there has dwindled. The rink change room is once again dominated by young loud-mouths a good deal of the time. The main difference from last year is that most of the outdoor skate-changing benches disappeared when the rink was rebuilt. So there's not much choice for families but to change inside. Some of them get out fast, though.
But at 2 pm. today the pot was put on the fire beside the rink, with hot chocolate, and the two picnic tables were unchained and put nearby. Maybe in the two weekends remaining, there will be a bit of a recovery.
The wooden stairs at Wallace had a big mess of trash nearby....
...and Mayssan asked Mario on Saturday to clean it up but he said he doesn't get paid for that. So rink guard Jason cleaned it up on Sunday:
...and then we brought over a trash can from Dufferin and let's see if it works. Notice how the sun came out when we brought over the trash can. Coincidence?
I will share with this Peter Leiss, as I think it is a Parks issue.
Thanks for your email. I will have a proper Parks waste bin and recycling bin placed in this location.
Ice okay again. Learn-to-skate on the shinny side in mid-afternoon, lots of people in the rink house. There's a big mess of paper trash flying around near the wooden steps, and the rink staff says it's not his job to pick it up, or even to ask the rink guard to pick it up. So some staff from Dufferin Rink will bring over a trash can tomorrow, and they'll pick it up.
Late-evening rink census: at 9.20 there were 17 players on the shinny side (three pucks). The ice was a bit snowy but not bad. There were 2 pleasure skaters. Rink house locked.
Ice still cracked, also soft along the boards, so the hockey side stayed closed in the daytime. The Dovercourt School hockey team practised on the pond side. In the evening Dexter let people go on, so that their skates would scrape off all the shell ice. The youth permit (kids under 13) didn't show at all. When a rink is in bad shape, it loses its users fast.
Letter from women's shinny convener Deirdre Norman to Recreation supervisor Tino DeCastro, Feb.9 2007
From City Councillor Adam Giambrone to women's hockey convener Deirdre Norman, Feb.9 2007
Roger hosed the ice and then Dexter did multiple floods but by evening the ice was cracking so badly that the women's shinny permit had to play on the pond side. The women looked very pleased anyway.
went to check ice and pour more water on the ice, the ice is all the way down to the concrete, called Brian green he said that he is sending out the zambomi in one hour and the rink is closed. its now 5pm and no zamboni lots of kid came to play hockey but we had to turn them away. The staff and i chipped some ice around the rink and the path to the stairs.
In the late afternoon it began to snow lightly but steadily. The tractor is frozen and won't start, and the flying squad zamboni is being repaired in the shop, so the recreation staff hand-shovelled the rink with the help of rink users, and the rink youth programming was able to go ahead.
A very nice day with lots of skaters. Campfire near the side of the rink, done by Alice with help from the Dufferin Rink staff. Lots of people sitting around the fire roasting hot dogs or marshmallows and talking. Lots of people changing skates in the rink change house too -- what a difference from last year, when it was "the dungeon" and families avoided going in there.
The zamboni was resurfacing the ice. The change room was full of players waiting for their Wednesday night permit to begin. The pleasure-skating side had half a dozen kids taking shots, and another half dozen pleasure skaters standing at the fence waiting for the zamboni to be finished.
7 pm: 15 all ages shinny players, 2 pleasure skaters. 7.45 pm 13 shinny players, 0 pleasure skaters 8.30 pm 12 shinny players, 1 shinny player taking shots on the pleasure side 9.25pm 9 shinny players, 1 pleasure skater.
Rink re-opening celebration. wallaceemerson.ca.
In late morning a zamboni was brought to the rink for the celebration, and the flying squad parked there and sat in their truck. It began to snow and the hockey players had a hard time moving the puck. Dufferin rink staff were there, getting the campfire going and setting up the tent for the DJ. The zamboni drivers made no move to get out of the truck and use the zamboni to get the snow off the ice.
One of the rink staff asked the zamboni crew if they'd clean the ice, but they said they would do nothing until they got an order from their supervisor. So the rec staff called the supervisor, and soon afterwards, the zamboni driver got out of his truck, turned on the zamboni engine, and cleaned the ice. Then the hockey players were able to play again.
The snow stopped soon afterwards, and then just before the music began, the zamboni was used to clean the ice again. There were a lot of people there all afternoon, and so the borders of the pleasure skating side got mushy and dirty. The cement that abuts the ice was slippery at first, and so the staff put salt on it. But that melted the ice enough that there were big dirty puddles. However, astonishingly, no one hurt themselves by inadvertently skating onto cement. People are fast learners.
Rink very lively, beautiful sunny day, cold. Skating lessons on the hockey side.
16 shinny players, no pleasure skaters. One of the shinny players had brought a folding chair and set it up on top of the former players boxes, now closed up. The new players' bench is mostly ignored but the players sit up on the wood that's nailed overtop of the old boxes.
The rink attendant went out and told the guys to get off the ice because they're too old -- it was age 13-to-17 time. They argued but they left, and then the ice was empty for a little while. Eventually three skaters came.
Women shinny players reported that last night they were booed during the women's shinny time and no staff came out to get rid of the guys who were doing this.
Cc of letter from a women's shinny-hockey player to Tino DeCastro, Recreation supervisor:
Response from Recreation supervisor Tino DeCastro: Sorry for this. I will ensure it gets resolved. Staff will be spoken to, not acceptable at all.
10.45 pm 6 hockey players, four pleasure skaters. One skater was peering at the bulletin board to read the schedule posted on there. Problem is, it's from 2000. Also, although an opening party is planned for Sunday, there were no signs up anywhere.
Ice was good, though.
17 hockey players, 5 little kids plus parents playing pond hockey on pleasure-skating side. Change room is open, looks tidy but dreary -- bright fluorescent lights, gray wall, gray benches, that's it. But the hockey is very animated.
12 hockey players, one pleasure skater. Pylons still up but nothing else has been done to address the edge danger. Nets have been delivered. Changeroom doors are done now and so is the ledge shelf by the big window. Worker is installing the sprinkler system. No helmets on shinny players.
Wallace Rink re-opened. Ice good, even though it was only made by the rain (no hand-flooding). Change room still under construction, so it's locked. No nets on the hockey rink. The edge of the pleasure-skating rink is dangerous -- it's hard to tell where the ice ends and the concrete begins, and there's no marking or change in the level.
1 pm: rink guard says he's making kids under 18 wear helmets. 6 on hockey side, 12 on pleasure-skating side.
9 pm: 10 hockey players, good ice. No helmets.
The compressor is on and the rink will be open to the public tomorrow.