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West Mall (Double Pad) Rink Profile

Compressors 200 hp. 50 hp Recirculation pump plus a 15 hp slow duty recirculation pump

Opened (half): Nov. 23, 2013
Closed: Mar. 16, 2014

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Rink change area: Plenty of space to change your skates. Most people change in the large oval foyer but there are more changerooms available. The rinkhouse is clean and the floor is covered with rubber mats that go into the washrooms. Sadly, the rink house is not a social space, although it easily could be.

Staff: A rink operator is on duty Monday - Friday 3-11pm and all day Saturday and Sunday. There are rink guards during supervised skating times.

Maintenance: The rink is cleaned at the discretion of the rink operator. Generally very good ice maintenance. 9 - 14 shifts a week.

Free shinny-hockey and pleasure-skating hours:

2011-2012

Free Pleasure-skating: Available a total of 32:30 hours a week (supervised) and 18:15 (unsupervised), during prime time.

Free Shinny hockey: Available a total of 9:15 hours a week (supervised), 6 (unsupervised), during prime time

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



there used to be lots of logos -- painted over now

big pleasure-skating surface

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

 

Rink Diary 2013 - 2014

Dec.
Dec.5, email from rink user R.B. to Councillor Peter Leon

Councillor Leon,

Re: West Mall Ice Skating Rinks

It is remarkable that the front door of the West Mall rinks is always locked when the rink is open. These doors are immediately adjacent to the convenient TTC stop and shelter. Access to use either rink is only available through the back door, which, for TTC riders, requires the walking to and then away from the parking lot to the north.

I should appreciate a response on why this excellent facility has its main entrance continually locked.

Same-day response from Councillor Leon:

Thank you for your email regarding the door issue at the West Mall rinks.

I spoke with staff this morning and they have assured me that they will keep the doors open when possible. This action was undertaken while undergoing a review of how to deal with some security issues the facility was having. Hopefully this will resolve the issue and you will be able to access the facility from the front end.

Wednesday December 4, 2013

10 a.m. Two skaters on the hockey rink, none on the pleasure side. The entry gate from the parking lot is open. There are no rink-schedule signs along this walkway nor by the doors. Inside there is only a little paper citywide schedule tacked up on the bulletin board, with West Mall outlined in ball point.

On the other side of the rink, a broad walkway leads from the bus stop on The West Mall right to the actual front doors, but as usual, those doors are locked. Ironically, the only metal rink-schedule sign is fastened to the right of those locked doors. So people can read the sign, but in order to get to the rink, anyone coming by bus has to take a long detour over the grass, around to the parking lot and go in from there. What is the message here? "If you don't have a car, we don't want you"?


back gate leading in from the parking lot

Front doors by the bus stop are always locked
 

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Posted rink schedule
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The posted sign has very few public shinny hockey hours a week. However, the sign appears to be wrong. The city rink schedule has more hours -- it says that unsupervised shinny hockey is available from 9 am to 4 pm every weekday, and a bit longer on Tuesday and Thursday. Weekends are permit only for the hockey side, no public time at all.

From The City of Toronto Website 2013-14

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

Rink Diary 2013 - 2014

Dec.
Dec.5, email from rink user R.B. to Councillor Peter Leon

Councillor Leon,

Re: West Mall Ice Skating Rinks

It is remarkable that the front door of the West Mall rinks is always locked when the rink is open. These doors are immediately adjacent to the convenient TTC stop and shelter. Access to use either rink is only available through the back door, which, for TTC riders, requires the walking to and then away from the parking lot to the north.

I should appreciate a response on why this excellent facility has its main entrance continually locked.

Same-day response from Councillor Leon:

Thank you for your email regarding the door issue at the West Mall rinks.

I spoke with staff this morning and they have assured me that they will keep the doors open when possible. This action was undertaken while undergoing a review of how to deal with some security issues the facility was having. Hopefully this will resolve the issue and you will be able to access the facility from the front end.

Wednesday December 4, 2013

10 a.m. Two skaters on the hockey rink, none on the pleasure side. The entry gate from the parking lot is open. There are no rink-schedule signs along this walkway nor by the doors. Inside there is only a little paper citywide schedule tacked up on the bulletin board, with West Mall outlined in ball point.

On the other side of the rink, a broad walkway leads from the bus stop on The West Mall right to the actual front doors, but as usual, those doors are locked. Ironically, the only metal rink-schedule sign is fastened to the right of those locked doors. So people can read the sign, but in order to get to the rink, anyone coming by bus has to take a long detour over the grass, around to the parking lot and go in from there. What is the message here? "If you don't have a car, we don't want you"?


back gate leading in from the parking lot

Front doors by the bus stop are always locked
 

Read More >>

Rink Diary 2012 - 2013

Sunday November 25 2012, entry by Jutta

there's ice, but still a bit thin in places

blame the weather

logos on the boards gone, just this one left

The rink wasn't open, but the gate was ajar, and two boys were standing by the boards talking to the rink operator. He said that they were still trying to build ice, but were hoping they might be able to open this evening or tomorrow. It was still pretty easy to see the cement. The operator said they had not done overnight floods but that yesterday they put down nine floods from late afternoon until 11 pm. He said they hadn't started until Wednesday, "but we can't come in earlier than they schedule us to come in."

I wish I could show them our 6-minute video. How good the ice is depends on the amount of water you put down during the dark hours....

Later on a foreperson told me that there's no heat at West Mall because the external connections were vandalized -- and no hot water for the zamboni either.

Nov.24 & 25 2012

In fact, Westmall didn't get to open on opening day. Nor the day after . By comparison, Dufferin Rink (which had over night flooding) was open on Nov 24th for the morning, and then again, in the evening.

Nov.26 2012

The rink was posted on the city website as opened on the hockey side only. Read More >>

 

Diary 2011 - 2012و Diary 2010 - 2011, Diary 2009-2010, Diary 2008-2009, Diary 2007 -2008

 

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