Rink open except during maintenance, thaws

The final moments of the Big Dig after the #ONstorm, with a gorgeous sunset adding to the festive mood.

The Sorauren Park natural ice rink is open and in good condition thanks to the efforts of community volunteers who came out in the dozens to shovel after the big storm, and the volunteer Sorauren Hosers Rink Crews who maintain the rink daily.

The rink is closed during above-zero temperatures and during flooding, which takes place every night at 9 pm and on weekend mornings at 7 am. Big thanks to Parks, Forestry and Recreation for providing access to water and heated hose storage.

The Sorauren community rink has been the focus of recent media coverage, including articles in the Toronto Star and Toronto Life magazine, and a CBC TV report filmed last weekend (Sorauren piece starts at 19:20, or clip on Instagram). The CBC videographer, Rob, kindly retrieved pucks that flew out of the rink from the all-ages shinny game.

A local mom also posted this lovely story on the Sorauren Park Facebook page:

To the parents of the two kids who taught my kid how to skate today at Sorauren, Thank you for raising such awesome kids! I am a solo parent and not an avid skater, I prepared myself to do it when all of a sudden these kids came up and said they would like to teach him…he was up and skating in 30 minutes. This neighbourhood is so unbelievable, my heart is full today!

Thanks also to our super-sponsors Scooter Girl Toys, Evolve Chiropractic Roncesvalles and Chander Chaddah, Sutton Group Associates, who support the efforts and expenses of the Hosers. The Sorauren Hosers is a program of the Friends of Sorauren Park.

Both pads of the Sorauren natural ice rink were cleared by 5:45 pm the day of the storm, thanks to the efforts of dozens of community members with their shovels. Go team!

Thank you sponsors!

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