Toronto, outdoor ice rinks and a bunch of kids playing shinny
- As of this Sunday, February 27, thirty-six of Toronto’s fifty-one outdoor ice rinks will be closing for the season. That’s just over 70%.
- Starting March 14, every kid in Toronto begins their March Break holiday. That’s right around 100%
Now, I’m no genius, but it seems to me that leaving Toronto’s very popular outdoor ice rinks open during March Break might be a good idea.
If you take a look at the city’s webpage on outdoor rink availability, you will see the notice that:
*Seasonal open and close dates are weather permitting.
But that’s not exactly true is it?
When I took a look at the long term weather forecast for Toronto, I saw a string of projected daily high temperatures hovering around -2° celsius.
That’s cold enough for ice to stay frozen and for a bunch of kids to have fun playing outdoor hockey during their March Break.
- And yet, 70% of Toronto’s outdoor rinks will close this Sunday…even if the weather is permitting.
- And yes, I know that the city is broke and can’t afford to keep ice rinks open all year long.
- And I also know that council has created a task force to explore private-public partnerships to build new rinks for the city.
But, what about this year?
Leave the rinks open until it gets too warm.
I will gladly pay my portion of the 0.003% increase in property taxes incurred by keeping the outdoor rinks open until after March Break.
Just how much can it cost to run a Zamboni?
- We already own the darn things.
- And the city employees who look after the rinks will get paid whether or not the rinks are open.
So, here’s what I think we should do.
Contact the Mayor – Facebook – Email
– and tell him that you want the rinks kept open.
Maybe the Maple Leafs would be willing to kick in a few thousand to help keep the rinks open, so shoot them a message too. – Facebook
And if you haven’t been down to the new Figure 8 outdoor rink at Colonel Sam Smith Park in Etobicoke…you have to go, the figure 8 is a hoot.