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posted January 13, 2008
Rink change area: The Signage here is a bit confusing, although there is now a nice new sign identifying the staff office. Separate men's and women's. Women's sometimes locked; then everyone uses the men's. A recent reno by Hoem Depot and Toronto Maple Leafs. But there are no windows. Could be uncomfortable for female skaters. The rink is next to the local recreation centre where staff can always be found and schedules are available to take home. Pick-up/Drop-off-only parking lot lies just off Queen street at the south end of the park.
Staff: Rink guards weekday afternoons and evenings, all day on weekends. Rink unsupervised but available for skating in the daytime.
Maintenance: Flying squad with zamboni. Maintenance times uncertain and often only once a day.
Free shinny-hockey and pleasure-skating hours:
Free Pleasure-skating: Available a total of 15 hours a week, during prime time.
Free Shinny hockey: Available a total of 16 hours a week, during prime time.
Highlights: Women's drop-in shinny from 7:30-9pm on Mondays. "Hockey in the Neighbourhood" free fully-equipped hockey program for kids
*prime time means after 4pm weekdays and all day on weekends
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Opens: Dec 1, 2012
Closes: Feb 24, 2013
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Jimmie Simpson Rink
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12:10pm: The rink was locked, with a few skaters checking out the ice from the other side of the fence. The two recreation staff in the nearby staff office said that they were having problems with the ice, and didn't know when it would be open. They said the zamboni crew had been here in the morning working on the ice.
I couldn't walk the ice, so hard to tell how hard it was, but it looked comparable to others I saw later in the day. A few puddles, possibly a bit thin along the edges, maybe a big soft along one side, and frosty in spots. The rink washrooms were locked. No benches, but some green picnic table piled nearby.
5:40 pm: It's raining, there's no one on the ice but there was a rink guard & building attendant in the office, one came out to ask if I was looking for info. He let me know that the rink is officially open and they'd have schedules to hand out this week. There's a sign on the ladies' washroom/change room saying 'the facility is closed for maintenance' but it was open.
E-mail from rink user Shawn Knox: The Jimmie Simpson Park rink was cleaned once in 24 hours. I went for 1:00 shinny this afternoon and the ice was awful. Can we expect the ice at Jimmie Simpson park to be cleaned more frequently??
I live across the street from the rink and would love to enjoy the ice, however thus far the condition of the ice has been horrible. Thatís not to say that when the ice has been clean itís bad. The condition of the ice after itís been cleaned with a zamboni is great! The problem is that the ice is cleaned so infrequently that the condition is awful most of the time. Maybe I am jumping the gun here, I realize that Itís early in the season and maybe the cleaning schedule hasnít fully ramped up yet but the past two days I have gone over to play 1:00 shinny and the ice has been so bad that you can barley skate on it and when you try to shoot or pass the puck you more likely to hurl an avalanche of snow rather than a puckÖ
Iíve lived in the city for a few years now and have used other outdoor rinks within the city and have never had a problem with the zamboni schedule in the past, so I hope things will get more consistent soon because I would love to enjoy the rink this winter.