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Broadlands Rink Profile

Opened: Nov. 23, 2013
Closed: Mar. 16, 2014

Rink change area: Inside the connected community centre. Very clean, rubber flooring throughout. Change rooms are separated by gender and have no windows. No benches in the hallway and no benches outside. Community centre has two rooms with many windows next to the rink, but both are used as staff offices.

Staff: Polite, often found in their office, focused on making sure the permits get proper service.

Maintenance: There are 14 ice maintenance shifts a week. There's an onsite zamboni but no plow -- when it snows, the zamboni has to take off ALL the snow, which can take many hours.

Free shinny-hockey and pleasure-skating hours:

2013-2014:

Free Pleasure-skating: Available a total of 6 hours a week , during prime time.

Free Shinny hockey: Available a total of 0 hours a week, during prime time.

Note: Broadlands also allows pleasure skating when there are no permits or program times, but they DO NOT allow shinny hockey outside of the 3 hours a week (three for little kids, 2 for adults). No drop-in shinny is allowed even if the ice is empty.

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*prime time means after 4pm weekdays and all day on weekends


Comments about this rink: e-mail us at rinkissues@cityrinks.ca.


needed more benches for skate-changing

view from the community centre window
 

Rink Diary 2013 - 2014

Sunday Jan.19, 2014, email from would-be rink user

The schedule at this rink is appalling. Broadlands is my closest rink and I'm basically being told I'm not allowed to play. I pay taxes for this! My friends and I have to drive from Vic park and 401 to play in Regent park which I Do not like doing just to get some exercise. I'm 25 yrs. old and work 9-5 mon- fri. I tried taking my father to broadlands on a weekend evening and the ice was perfect but the boards were chained up, it was honestly a heartbreaking experience for both of us. We had to drive and walk 45 minutes to the new rink at Greenwood. My father is 50 yrs old and played on Broadlands ice as a child when there was league play. I think times have changed and this ice should be made more available to people like me and my father. Please tell me when I'm supposed to play hockey at this beautiful rink!? Ed.note: Broadlands has no evening or weekend adult drop-in shinny time - see our response.

Saturday Nov.23, 2013

The rink was open, but there were no skaters. There have been snow squalls all day, and as I arrived at the rink, everything was white. The zamboni driver said he doesn't like it because when he takes off the snow, he shaves some ice too, and he doesn't want to do that. He said the ice is just barely thick enough for skating, and that they had to do some extra ice-making yesterday evening.

Also the zamboni looks to be an old crock. The zamboni driver said the snow gets stuck in the augur and he constantly has to get off the rink and rinse out the machine.


snow squall just receding

zamboni trying to take off the snow

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Excellent ice maintenance but the rink is often empty

When the rink is opened for public skating, people will come

From The City of Toronto Website 2013-14

For the skating schedule, go to Broadlands, then click on drop-in programs then click on Skating.

Rink Diary 2013 - 2014

Sunday Jan.19, 2014, email from would-be rink user

The schedule at this rink is appalling. Broadlands is my closest rink and I'm basically being told I'm not allowed to play. I pay taxes for this! My friends and I have to drive from Vic park and 401 to play in Regent park which I Do not like doing just to get some exercise. I'm 25 yrs. old and work 9-5 mon- fri. I tried taking my father to broadlands on a weekend evening and the ice was perfect but the boards were chained up, it was honestly a heartbreaking experience for both of us. We had to drive and walk 45 minutes to the new rink at Greenwood. My father is 50 yrs old and played on Broadlands ice as a child when there was league play. I think times have changed and this ice should be made more available to people like me and my father. Please tell me when I'm supposed to play hockey at this beautiful rink!? Ed.note: Broadlands has no evening or weekend adult drop-in shinny time - see our response.

Saturday Nov.23, 2013

The rink was open, but there were no skaters. There have been snow squalls all day, and as I arrived at the rink, everything was white. The zamboni driver said he doesn't like it because when he takes off the snow, he shaves some ice too, and he doesn't want to do that. He said the ice is just barely thick enough for skating, and that they had to do some extra ice-making yesterday evening.

Also the zamboni looks to be an old crock. The zamboni driver said the snow gets stuck in the augur and he constantly has to get off the rink and rinse out the machine.


snow squall just receding

zamboni trying to take off the snow

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Rink Diary 2011 - 2012

Thursday Nov.17 2011

There's ice on the rink and the mats are out. But no lights on -- that suggests that they're not planning night-time floods. The rink maintenance staff said that they started hose-flooding today -- four times in the daytime, and then some more in the evening around 6 pm.

Friday Nov.25 2011

11 a.m. The staff said that they are not yet ready to open. The ice has some thickness, and they have used the zamboni some. Today a two-foot strip of south-facing ice, right against the boards, appeared to be melted, showing the cement through about an inch of water.

The staff said that there were no overnight floods at Broadlands, to get the ice started, just evening floods.


11 a.m. ice holding despite the warmth

band of transparent ice or ice-water

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