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Broadlands Rink Profile

Opens: Nov. 24, 2014
Closes: TBA, 2015

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.


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

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

 

Rink Diary 2012-2013

See also: Editor's and Rink Users' blog

 

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

 

Rink Diary 2010 - 2011

Sunday February 6, 2011

City Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong's annual skating party, from 2.30 to 4.30. Before the open skating, there was a permit, comprising 7 youth just shooting a couple of pucks around. None of them except the goalie wore helmets. Perhaps permits can set their own helmet rules, because they don't fit the "supervised shinny hockey" category. (At Harry Gairey Rink it's the opposite rule -- drop-in shinny players don't tend to wear helmets but the permit skaters are told they must wear them.)

My three-year-old grand-daughter went out on the ice pushing a little stool, and the rink guard skated right over, saying, "sorry, not allowed." I told him that if she doesn't have the stool, she can't skate. He said, "no, the stool is fine, but you're not allowed to be on the ice in shoes." I stood against the boards and watched as my grand-daughter skated around the entire rink pushing her little stool, telling the rink guard, "I'm sorry, but I have to keep my eyes on her." He let me, uneasily, "I'll get in trouble with my supervisor."


campfire and skate lending

The Dufferin Rink crew had brought equipment for a campfire, and kids were roasting marshmallows and drinking hot chocolate. The crew also brought skates, and even some of the adults wanted to try skating. But the rule was that no one could push a chair, nor was our skating instructor allowed to be helping people on the ice with shoes on. So the beginners gave up and put their shoes back on.

There was a very friendly scene around the campfire, though, and inside the councillor's staff were giving out hot dogs. Lots of people.

 

Rink Diary 2009 - 2010

Friday November 20th, 2009

no attempt to make ice

Overcast. This rink will not be opening on schedule. The rink had only a few puddles of water. The compressors were turned off. The staff in the building asked if I was looking for a permit. He said that they had decided to keep the compressors off since they only had 100 Hp which would not be enough to keep ice in this weather. He said that maybe they would try again next week depending on the supervisors there.

Sunday Nov.22 2009

Sunny. The rink operator/caretaker was in the office and another staff person also. The operator said that it would be impossible to make ice and they were not going to attempt it until it gets cold. He also said that the plexiglass barriers around the rink result in less air circulation, which makes it even harder to keep ice in.

Dec.5 2009

High 1, low -5.

According to both the voice message on the phone, and a rink operator reached later, Broadlands is open and the ice is in good condition.

Dec.22 2009

At 11.30 there are 18 shinny hockey players on the ice, all of them wearing helmets. The friendly zamboni driver invites me into his office and we chat about when we came to Canada (he by plane, I on a boat). He tells me that he's good at extracting pucks that get stuck in the zamboni agur -- and I can well believe it. He's been doing this work for several decades, and he takes pride in the rink.

January 2 2010, e-mail to cityrinks.ca from rink user K.C.:

Hi, I was just wondering what the schedule is for adult shinny hockey. Thanks.

Reply from cityrinks, January 3 2010, cc'd to Kim Hussey and Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong.

I'm sorry to tell you that according to the City's skating brochure http://cityrinks.ca/wiki/uploads/ListOfRinks/Skate2010-NorthYorkWeb_NorthDistrict.pdf, if you work normal hours, there is no drop-in shinny hockey available at Broadlands at all.

The hours for all-ages shinny hockey at Broadlands are only in the daytime, and only on weekdays: Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 1p.m. to 3.30p.m., and Tuesday, Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1p.m.

The cityrinks.ca website is not a municipal website and we have no say in scheduling. However, I can tell you that there are many outdoor compressor-cooled ice rinks in the city that do have drop-in shinny hockey on evenings and weekends, some as many as 35 hours a week.

I have cc'd Kim Hussey, the North York community recreation programmer, and Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong, your city councillor, in case they have some clarifications to offer for this unfortunate state of affairs at Broadlands.

 

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Views of the rink


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

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

 

Rink Diary 2012-2013

See also: Editor's and Rink Users' blog

 

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

 

Rink Diary 2010 - 2011

Sunday February 6, 2011

City Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong's annual skating party, from 2.30 to 4.30. Before the open skating, there was a permit, comprising 7 youth just shooting a couple of pucks around. None of them except the goalie wore helmets. Perhaps permits can set their own helmet rules, because they don't fit the "supervised shinny hockey" category. (At Harry Gairey Rink it's the opposite rule -- drop-in shinny players don't tend to wear helmets but the permit skaters are told they must wear them.)

My three-year-old grand-daughter went out on the ice pushing a little stool, and the rink guard skated right over, saying, "sorry, not allowed." I told him that if she doesn't have the stool, she can't skate. He said, "no, the stool is fine, but you're not allowed to be on the ice in shoes." I stood against the boards and watched as my grand-daughter skated around the entire rink pushing her little stool, telling the rink guard, "I'm sorry, but I have to keep my eyes on her." He let me, uneasily, "I'll get in trouble with my supervisor."


campfire and skate lending

The Dufferin Rink crew had brought equipment for a campfire, and kids were roasting marshmallows and drinking hot chocolate. The crew also brought skates, and even some of the adults wanted to try skating. But the rule was that no one could push a chair, nor was our skating instructor allowed to be helping people on the ice with shoes on. So the beginners gave up and put their shoes back on.

There was a very friendly scene around the campfire, though, and inside the councillor's staff were giving out hot dogs. Lots of people.

 

Rink Diary 2009 - 2010

Friday November 20th, 2009

no attempt to make ice

Overcast. This rink will not be opening on schedule. The rink had only a few puddles of water. The compressors were turned off. The staff in the building asked if I was looking for a permit. He said that they had decided to keep the compressors off since they only had 100 Hp which would not be enough to keep ice in this weather. He said that maybe they would try again next week depending on the supervisors there.

Sunday Nov.22 2009

Sunny. The rink operator/caretaker was in the office and another staff person also. The operator said that it would be impossible to make ice and they were not going to attempt it until it gets cold. He also said that the plexiglass barriers around the rink result in less air circulation, which makes it even harder to keep ice in.

Dec.5 2009

High 1, low -5.

According to both the voice message on the phone, and a rink operator reached later, Broadlands is open and the ice is in good condition.

Dec.22 2009

At 11.30 there are 18 shinny hockey players on the ice, all of them wearing helmets. The friendly zamboni driver invites me into his office and we chat about when we came to Canada (he by plane, I on a boat). He tells me that he's good at extracting pucks that get stuck in the zamboni agur -- and I can well believe it. He's been doing this work for several decades, and he takes pride in the rink.

January 2 2010, e-mail to cityrinks.ca from rink user K.C.:

Hi, I was just wondering what the schedule is for adult shinny hockey. Thanks.

Reply from cityrinks, January 3 2010, cc'd to Kim Hussey and Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong.

I'm sorry to tell you that according to the City's skating brochure http://cityrinks.ca/wiki/uploads/ListOfRinks/Skate2010-NorthYorkWeb_NorthDistrict.pdf, if you work normal hours, there is no drop-in shinny hockey available at Broadlands at all.

The hours for all-ages shinny hockey at Broadlands are only in the daytime, and only on weekdays: Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 1p.m. to 3.30p.m., and Tuesday, Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1p.m.

The cityrinks.ca website is not a municipal website and we have no say in scheduling. However, I can tell you that there are many outdoor compressor-cooled ice rinks in the city that do have drop-in shinny hockey on evenings and weekends, some as many as 35 hours a week.

I have cc'd Kim Hussey, the North York community recreation programmer, and Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong, your city councillor, in case they have some clarifications to offer for this unfortunate state of affairs at Broadlands.

 

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Diary 2008 - 2009

Diary 2007 -2008

 

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