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Westgrove Rink Profile

Built: 1973
Compressor: 75 hp plus 20 hp brine pump
From Parks (April 2016): "Rink replacement currently scheduled for design in 2016, construction in 2017 however due to budget pressures this project is candidate to be deferred one year."

Opened: Jan.23, 2018
Closed: Feb.25, 2018

Rink change area: A couple of two-level bleachers outside. They work fine. There is a rink change house but it's always locked.

Staff: This is considered a "minor" rink so there are no on-site staff.

Maintenance: The zamboni crew comes by once or twice a day.

Public Skating and open shinny hockey:

Free Pleasure-skating: Public skating all the time(shared use).

Free Shinny hockey: (Shared use).


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


this rink is often empty

the guys say there's more shinny at night
 

Westgrove Rink Diary

2017 - 2018

Feb.14, from Laurel Koumarelas

The ice has been disappearing over the past few days. Today it was too soft to skate on but the rink wasn't closed. There was a mechanical problem earlier, and I think it's happening again.

[email was forwarded to 311: as you see, a skater is reporting that Westgrove Rink ice is too soft to skate on, and has been trouble for some days, but at 2.47 pm it's listed as open. Please clarify]

Jan.24, 2018, from Geri Dempsey

A gorgeous winter day for skating.. I went expecting it to still be closed but I saw a group of kids on the ice as I arrived. It was a group of 9 kids with teacher; they all looked like new skaters and were having a blast! It took me a while to find the entrance to the ice, first finding a number of padlocked doors in the fence before one opened up. There was a set of benches next to the ice where the kids had left their shoes and bags. No signage with a schedule. All I saw was a sign saying "Rink closed" that had been flipped around. I guess it's open now?!


Jan.24, 2018: a school visit to the reopened rink
Jan.23, 2018

The rink is marked as open for the first time this season.

Dec.22, 2017

The city's outdoor rinks web page now says the rink is "under construction." Really?

Dec.4, 2017

This rink is marked as closed for mechanical issues on the city's web page. The only signage on the rink itself is a tennis sign, which says "Tennis courts reserved for tennis play only. Do not remove posts and/ or nets."

The numerous apartment buildings nearby suggest that maybe the people that live nearby would prefer to use the dry pads for other sports.


Dec.4: no ice

the only sign: for tennis only
 

Rink diaries from earlier years:

2016 - 2017

Jan.1, 2017

gate is open at 10.30 a.m.....

...and the ice looks wonderful.

A man and a kid were sitting on the bleachers lacing up their skates. The man said: "the ice is pristine." True.


 

2015 - 2016

Dec.27, 2015

Listed as closed Dec. 24 to Dec.27 afternoon.


2014 - 2015

Dec.2 2014

The rink has opened for the season.

Nov.30, 2014

This rink has not yet opened for the season.

 

2013-2014

Monday, November 25th, 2013

We went by late Monday night. The compressors were on and a layer of rime build up covered the surface of the rink.

 

2011 - 2012

Saturday Dec.3 2011

Good ice, no opening day sign.


2009 - 2010

Monday December 28, 2009


At 4.05, 9 skaters were just getting ready to leave, with 3 more people arriving (kids being dropped off from cars). There is no nearby place to park -- this rink is set in a large bare area of grass near the intersection of two fast roads, with high rises and some bungalows located a distance away. One of the skaters said that the rink is busier at night, with shinny hockey players.


2007 - 2008

Saturday January 12

Empty rink

12pm A woman is leaving the ice. The rink is empty. The ice is in good shape.

Saturday December 8

Shinny at Westgrove

11:30am There are 4 boys playing hockey. They say the rink will be "pretty dead" until Christmas break when the number of skaters will pick up. There are no changerooms. Skaters put on their skates on portable bleachers next to the ice.

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Posted rink schedule
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From The City of Toronto Website 2014-15

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

Westgrove Rink Diary

2017 - 2018

Feb.14, from Laurel Koumarelas

The ice has been disappearing over the past few days. Today it was too soft to skate on but the rink wasn't closed. There was a mechanical problem earlier, and I think it's happening again.

[email was forwarded to 311: as you see, a skater is reporting that Westgrove Rink ice is too soft to skate on, and has been trouble for some days, but at 2.47 pm it's listed as open. Please clarify]

Jan.24, 2018, from Geri Dempsey

A gorgeous winter day for skating.. I went expecting it to still be closed but I saw a group of kids on the ice as I arrived. It was a group of 9 kids with teacher; they all looked like new skaters and were having a blast! It took me a while to find the entrance to the ice, first finding a number of padlocked doors in the fence before one opened up. There was a set of benches next to the ice where the kids had left their shoes and bags. No signage with a schedule. All I saw was a sign saying "Rink closed" that had been flipped around. I guess it's open now?!


Jan.24, 2018: a school visit to the reopened rink
Jan.23, 2018

The rink is marked as open for the first time this season.

Dec.22, 2017

The city's outdoor rinks web page now says the rink is "under construction." Really?

Dec.4, 2017

This rink is marked as closed for mechanical issues on the city's web page. The only signage on the rink itself is a tennis sign, which says "Tennis courts reserved for tennis play only. Do not remove posts and/ or nets."

The numerous apartment buildings nearby suggest that maybe the people that live nearby would prefer to use the dry pads for other sports.


Dec.4: no ice

the only sign: for tennis only
 

Rink diaries from earlier years:

2016 - 2017

Jan.1, 2017

gate is open at 10.30 a.m.....

...and the ice looks wonderful.

A man and a kid were sitting on the bleachers lacing up their skates. The man said: "the ice is pristine." True.


 

2015 - 2016

Dec.27, 2015

Listed as closed Dec. 24 to Dec.27 afternoon.


2014 - 2015

Dec.2 2014

The rink has opened for the season.

Nov.30, 2014

This rink has not yet opened for the season.

 

2013-2014

Monday, November 25th, 2013

We went by late Monday night. The compressors were on and a layer of rime build up covered the surface of the rink.

 

2011 - 2012

Saturday Dec.3 2011

Good ice, no opening day sign.


2009 - 2010

Monday December 28, 2009


At 4.05, 9 skaters were just getting ready to leave, with 3 more people arriving (kids being dropped off from cars). There is no nearby place to park -- this rink is set in a large bare area of grass near the intersection of two fast roads, with high rises and some bungalows located a distance away. One of the skaters said that the rink is busier at night, with shinny hockey players.


2007 - 2008

Saturday January 12

Empty rink

12pm A woman is leaving the ice. The rink is empty. The ice is in good shape.

Saturday December 8

Shinny at Westgrove

11:30am There are 4 boys playing hockey. They say the rink will be "pretty dead" until Christmas break when the number of skaters will pick up. There are no changerooms. Skaters put on their skates on portable bleachers next to the ice.

 

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

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