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Rink diaries prior to 2005-2006

  • March 5 2005 - Today it was 18 degrees in the afternoon. But no sun. So there was half an inch of water all over, but underneath, the ice was smooth and hard. Some people came and skated around, having fun planeing and shooting up the water with their skates when they stopped. Late at night the temperature dropped and the ice returned to normal: magic.
  • December 7, 2003 - Out of eight west-central rinks scheduled to be open on Saturday, four were closed or barely open. As far as we know, none of the rinks got the three nights (minimum) of flooding they need to put down an adequate base. Dufferin Rink also got only two nights, but we and Rennie Rink were started up in time to catch the rain. That's not good planning, that's just good luck -- but for 4 of the 6 rinks scheduled to open next, the luck ran out.
  • December 1, 2001 - The ice was amazingly good despite the warm weather (11 Celsius).
  • December 2, 2001 - It went up to 9 Celsius, but the ice was fine.
  • March 3, 2002 - The rink was covered with water until about noon (temperatures too mild, too much bright sun yesterday afternoon, too much rain yesterday night).
  • November 22, 1998 First day of rink ice in good condition
  • November 22, 1997 First day of rink ice in good condition

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