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Rink change area: The rink has a large changeroom with windows. There are no rubber mats.
Staff: Rink operator on duty Monday-Friday 3-11pm and all day (2 shifts) Saturday and Sunday. Two rink guards are on duty for supervised skates, but both may be away from the ice for long periods.
Maintenance: The rink has its own ice resurfacer, which is parked in a garage. 9 or more ice maintenance shifts a week
Free shinny-hockey and pleasure-skating hours:
Free Pleasure-skating: Available a total of 4:30 hours a week , during prime time.
Free Shinny hockey: Available a total of 9 hours a week (supervised), 4:30 hours (unsupervised) , during prime time.
*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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For the skating schedule, go to Martingrove Rink page on the City website, then click on Skating.
For up to date listings of open rinks (not the same as scheduled openings), see Current Conditions on the cityrinks.ca Home Page
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The CityRinks visitor found six shinny players on the ice during the children's shinny time listed in the city's website holiday schedule. Five were over age. In the change room, one more boy was getting his skates on, but his mother said she was worried. Four other youth were getting their skates on too, and she said she wasn't sure it was safe for her son to go on if the hockey was going to be older, and fast.
There were two rink guards, who said they would speak to the youth and tell them to be careful and not be too fast. But there were so few kids there, they said (there was one other girl on the ice), and so they didn't want to have to turn all the youth away.
The only public youth shinny time on offer on Wednesdays was in the morning, but clearly the pressure was there from the youth, to be allowed to play more. The rink guards said that Martingrove has no public shinny times in the evening, not even during the holidays.
The rink guards also said that the Martingrove holiday schedule they have doesn't match the city's schedule. But there were no more copies of the local schedule except for one taped high up inside the office window. The writing was too small to read. The rink guards also said that no one could find the website schedule online, but the mother of the boy showed them the schedule on her i-phone.
When asked about the rule saying "no goalies," the rink guards said that the rule was taught to them during their training, because of "liability." However they could not find it posted on any of the schedules or rule boards that were posted at the rink. The guards said that earlier in the week, when a parent had questioned the "no goalies rule" for her child, they had advised her to go to one of the unsupervised rinks nearby and let her son practice there. His reasoning was that on an unsupervised rink there would be no liability issue.