rink season opens

Several outdoor rinks, including Lakeview, have started working on their base ice.

Many skaters feel that the Lynwood rinks have also been among the best outdoor rinks in the city.

Lynwood was the first rink in the city to open and the last to close.

It had more days with “excellent” conditions than any other rink in the city.

The Lynwood rinks were open longer hours than any other rink in the city – on a typical day the rink was supervised and the building was open from 3:30 to 11 p.m. on weekdays and noon to 11 p.m. on weekends (the City contract specifies that the rinks must be open and supervised for only 30 hours a week). Heavy maintenance was usually done after 11 p.m.

It’s kind of ridiculous that I was “fired” as rink operator for political reasons after four such successful seasons, but it’s my own fault for criticizing the ward boss/City bureaucrats and ticking off some influential Lynwood Village residents.

I’m happy that some people from the community have stepped forward to look after the rink and I wish them the best of luck. The skaters are counting on you!

Here are some of the people who worked on the rink last year (in no particular order). Almost all of the paid hours were for heavy physical labour – scraping the ice and lifting ALL the of snow over the boards to keep a nice sharp edge, hauling the hoses up from the basement, flooding the ice, etc., usually in the wee hours of the morning.

Their efforts were supplemented by the many skaters who picked up a shovel to scrape the ice before or after a game.

– Matt 57.5 hours volunteering; 29 paid hours

– Doyle 26 hours volunteering; 40.5 paid hours

– Ali 7.5 hours volunteering

– Don 2 hours volunteering

– Alec 2 hours volunteering

– Les 1.5 hours volunteering

– Chris 3 paid hours

– Adam 46 hours volunteering; 3.5 paid hours

– Johnny 15 hours (+100 hours Recyclore) volunteering; 52.5 paid hours

– Pedro 4 hours volunteering; 12 paid hours

– John 1 paid hour

– Bub 2 hours volunteering; 1 paid hour

– Tommy 0.6 paid hour

– Kerry 2 hours volunteering

– Mark 1 hour volunteering

– Spencer .5 hours volunteering; 0.75 paid hour

– me 185.5 hours volunteering (just counting working on the rink, not administration, repairs, meetings, travel to pick up parts or City meetings, etc. Double the total for a more realistic figure); 184 paid hours

How’s that for transparency? Let’s hope that the appointed executive follow suit and spend the rink grant wisely.

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