Category: Rink

RC Toy Car Rally April 1 at the park

Action from the March 2022 RC Toy Car Rally at Sorauren Park

The Second Annual Radio-Controlled Toy Car Rally zooms into the park on Saturday, April 1 starting at 10 am.

The fun takes place on the course formed by the rink boards on the baseball diamond. While the rink didn’t get much skating action this winter, it will serve one last purpose before the boards come down.

This year there will be different races for different categories, based on car size. Register on-site, participation is free.

The first Rally was held last year and was a ton ‘o fun, with cars of all sizes zipping around the course, over and through obstacles. Volunteer race marshalls registered the participants, rescued stranded cars and kept things moving.

Follow @SoraurenPark on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for updates, or sign up for the park newsletter. Brought to you by Friends of Sorauren Park and Rally volunteers.

The RC Toy Car Rally is sponsored by Scooter Girl Toys. All race participants will be entered into a draw to win a Lite-Hawk Radio-Controlled Rocket. Plus, you can win a Rowdy Radio-Controlled Toy Car by visiting Scooter Girl on Roncesvalles between March 13 – 26, and dropping off a picture or a few words about what your favourite part of going to the park is. Or, you can like a Scooter Girl post on Facebook or Instagram and tag two friends between March 13 – 26 to enter the car draw.

Warm weather challenges rink

A chaulk board at the edge of the empty natural ice rink says, "Park and Rink Updates at" The ice looks wet and slushy.

The warm weather is a natural ice rink’s worst enemy. Regular flooding by the volunteer Sorauren Hosers Rink Crew has halted while temperatures are above zero. Conditions become even harder as the calendar moves to March, but the Hosers will continue to monitor the forecast in case there is a change for the better.

Watch this space for updates, or follow @SoraurenPark on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for updates.

Rink open… for now

Thanks to Sorauren Hoser heroics and a polar vortex, the natural ice rink at Sorauren Park is now open. Conditions are not perfect, but the ice will welcome some light skating, especially for the little ones.

Join us for a last-minute Sorauren Hosers Happy Hour Skate Party, 4-6 pm today February 4. Bring your skates (or not) to savour what we can from this lemon of a winter.

The rink has been flooded day and night the past few days by volunteers from the Sorauren Park Hosers Rink Crew. Follow @SoraurenPark on social media for conditions and updates… the weather has thrown curve balls this year, and we don’t know how long the ice will last.

Special thanks to our patient Rink Sponsors: Scooter Girl Toys; Chander Chaddah, Sutton Group Associates Brokerage; and Evolve Roncesvalles.

Logos for Scooter Girl Toys, Chander Chaddah and Evolve Chiropractic.

Rink closed for thaw till further notice

A red sunset illuminates the rough patchy surface of the natural ice rink gripped by warm weather.

The thaw that arrived December 28 has done its damage… the Sorauren natural ice rink is closed till further notice. As always, the volunteer Sorauren Hosers Rink Crew thank you for staying off the soft surface to protect it for a quick rebound when weather permits. Footprints in the soft mud/slush of the ball diamond make a royal mess.

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The Hosers will start flooding again once there is a consistent below-zero forecast for about a full week.

Rink open for two days before thaw

The Sorauren Park natural ice rink is open, in fair condition with a few bare patches, for Monday December 26 and Tuesday December 27 before an expected thaw starting Wednesday.

Thanks to the efforts of the all-volunteer Sorauren Hosers Rink Crew, the community rink has been built and flooded several times to create enough of a base.

Once the thaw starts, please stay off the rink to protect the surface. The biggest challenge is footprints (and pawprints) in soft or muddy ground. These create devilish craters that delay rink re-opening.

Thanks to Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation for new hoses, water supply and scrapers, and to our returning Rink Sponsors whose generous support pays for coveted Hoser toques, rink board replacements and other expenses. Sorauren Hosers is a program of Friends of Sorauren Park.

2023 Rink Sponsors

Logos for Scooter Girl Toys, Chander Chaddah and Evolve Chiropractic.