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West Mall (Double Pad) Rink Profile

Compressors 200 hp. 50 hp Recirculation pump plus a 15 hp slow duty recirculation pump

Hockey side opened: Nov. 28, 2015, pleasure-skating side opened Dec.19
Closing: scheduled for March 20, 2016

Rink change area: Plenty of space to change your skates. Most people change in the large oval foyer but there are more changerooms available. The rinkhouse is clean and the floor is covered with rubber mats that go into the washrooms. Sadly, the rink house is not a social space, although it easily could be.

Staff: A rink operator is on duty Monday - Friday 3-11pm and all day Saturday and Sunday. There are rink guards during supervised skating times.

Maintenance: The rink is cleaned at the discretion of the rink operator. Generally very good ice maintenance. 9 - 14 shifts a week.


 

there used to be lots of logos -- painted over now

big pleasure-skating surface

Comments about this rink: e-mail us at [email protected].

 

This rink has FREE curling times -- the contact for booking is here

From the Toronto Curling Association brochure: The ice is set to accommodate 8 players and is equipped with:

  • 2 Houses (the targets for the day!)
  • 16 Stones (state-of-the-art Light-Rocks)
  • 8 Brooms (one for each player)
  • 1 Portable hack (think starting block)
  • 1 Rocks-Box (the steel lock-box for the equipment)

Rink Diary

2015 - 2016

Feb.1, 2016

8 p.m.: Temp. 3 degrees, pleasure-skating rink listed as closed, hockey side "re-opened."

Jan.1, 2016

The pleasure-skating side has now finally reopened and is in good shape. The city's rink web page says West Mall is closed but it's not -- there are two rink guards comfortably settled in the office and they tell me the rink building will be open until 4 pm. Even after the building doors are locked, the rink will stay accessible. A woman watching her young son and his dad play shinny says she found out the rink was open by calling them. The rink number is not listed -- none are -- but she found the number on Google.


a good game on New Year's Day -- all ages

pleasure-skating side has its ice back
 
Dec.30, 2015

The hockey side was listed as open from 10 a.m.

Dec.29, 2015

The rink was closed until 5 p.m. because of the combination show/rain overnight. Then the hockey side reopened.

Dec.27, 2015

The rink was closed for Christmas Day, even though the ice was most likely fine. It reopened on Boxing Day.

Dec.23 2015

The rink staff say that West Mall has separate cooling lines and compressors and therefore it can turn of power to the pleasure-skating rink and direct it all to the hockey side. That's what they do in warm weather. They started up the pleasure-skating side but closed it down again when the temperatures got warm.

Dec.22, 2015

The pleasure-skating side is once again listed as closed.

Dec.19, 2015

As of this morning, the city's outdoor rinks website no longer says that the pleasure-skating side is closed.

Nov.29, 2015

As has been usual for the past 3-4 years, the compressor power has been redirected to the hockey side only. Interesting that this rink is the other city rink (in addition to Rennie) with a 200 hp cooling system -- same as Harbourfront's Natrel Rink, open and full of pleasure-skaters. Why can West Mall only open half its rink area?


Nov.29, 2015, pleasure skaters on hockey ice

Nov.27 2015 -- pleasure-skating side turned off

The front door of the building is locked, also as usual. The rink staff say it's because otherwise people can come in and steal people's belongings. We asked -- "what if you had lockers, would that solve it?" They said yes.

The question we didn't ask was: "why is it more likely that people who come in the front doors would steal than people who come in the unlocked doors from the parking lot?"

It's a culture.

See Diaries tab

Views of the rink


Posted rink schedule
Click on picture to enlarge it.

The posted sign has very few public shinny hockey hours a week. However, the sign appears to be wrong. The city rink schedule has more hours -- it says that unsupervised shinny hockey is available from 9 am to 4 pm every weekday, and a bit longer on Tuesday and Thursday. Weekends are permit only for the hockey side, no public time at all.

From The City of Toronto Website 2014-15

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

Rink Diary

2015 - 2016

Feb.1, 2016

8 p.m.: Temp. 3 degrees, pleasure-skating rink listed as closed, hockey side "re-opened."

Jan.1, 2016

The pleasure-skating side has now finally reopened and is in good shape. The city's rink web page says West Mall is closed but it's not -- there are two rink guards comfortably settled in the office and they tell me the rink building will be open until 4 pm. Even after the building doors are locked, the rink will stay accessible. A woman watching her young son and his dad play shinny says she found out the rink was open by calling them. The rink number is not listed -- none are -- but she found the number on Google.


a good game on New Year's Day -- all ages

pleasure-skating side has its ice back
 
Dec.30, 2015

The hockey side was listed as open from 10 a.m.

Dec.29, 2015

The rink was closed until 5 p.m. because of the combination show/rain overnight. Then the hockey side reopened.

Dec.27, 2015

The rink was closed for Christmas Day, even though the ice was most likely fine. It reopened on Boxing Day.

Dec.23 2015

The rink staff say that West Mall has separate cooling lines and compressors and therefore it can turn of power to the pleasure-skating rink and direct it all to the hockey side. That's what they do in warm weather. They started up the pleasure-skating side but closed it down again when the temperatures got warm.

Dec.22, 2015

The pleasure-skating side is once again listed as closed.

Dec.19, 2015

As of this morning, the city's outdoor rinks website no longer says that the pleasure-skating side is closed.

Nov.29, 2015

As has been usual for the past 3-4 years, the compressor power has been redirected to the hockey side only. Interesting that this rink is the other city rink (in addition to Rennie) with a 200 hp cooling system -- same as Harbourfront's Natrel Rink, open and full of pleasure-skaters. Why can West Mall only open half its rink area?


Nov.29, 2015, pleasure skaters on hockey ice

Nov.27 2015 -- pleasure-skating side turned off

The front door of the building is locked, also as usual. The rink staff say it's because otherwise people can come in and steal people's belongings. We asked -- "what if you had lockers, would that solve it?" They said yes.

The question we didn't ask was: "why is it more likely that people who come in the front doors would steal than people who come in the unlocked doors from the parking lot?"

It's a culture.

 

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

 

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

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