Category: Rink

Special Family Day at the park Feb. 19

Come to Sorauren Park on Family Day, Monday February 19, for a special Farmers Market, 3 – 7 p.m. The pizza oven will be fired up, there will be free hot cider, and delicious hot chocolate will be sold from an outdoor booth.

If the weather cooperates, the natural ice rink will be open for pleasure skating and shinny. Plus, all the winter Market vendors will be open in the Fieldhouse.

The Market will also be offering a family portrait service and board games. See you at the park!

Advertisements

Better weather ahead for the rink

Painting of skaters at Sorauren Park by Larissa Mattwich. Monochromatic, snow and pines and ice and skakers

Thanks to Larissa Mattwich for the wonderful painting of skaters at Sorauren Park.

The Sorauren Park Hosers have nursed the rink through a few weeks of up-and-down. Now the patient is looking to make a strong recovery thanks to the tender loving care and a more promising forecast for below-zero temperatures.

Rink conditions are posted more frequently on our SoraurenPark social media feeds, so check often. The rink is closed to protect the surface when temperatures rise above zero.

The new boards this year have done a much better job holding in the water during thaws. That said, the rink does need remedial work to get it back to the excellent conditions we experienced just before and after New Year’s.

Volunteer Hosers flood every night at 9 p.m. when temperatures are below zero and when it is not snowing hard.

Big thanks to our sponsors Scooter Girl Toys, Snap Fitness High Park and Chander Chaddah, whose support enabled the purchase of the new boards. To learn more about the rink and how you can get involved, visit our Ice Rink page.

Sorauren Rink open… with a few bumps

Photo of man on natural ice rink holding a hose spraying water. Blue sky, and snow around the rink boards.

Thomas lays down an early-morning flood to build on the work of other Hosers this week

Thanks to the efforts of the all-volunteer Sorauren Park Hosers rink crew, the natural ice rink is now open for pleasure skating (east pad) and shinny (west pad).

Conditions are a little bumpy, especially in the corners, so skate with care. Skating will help improve the surface, as will the many floods to come with this excellent weather. UPDATE: Conditions now good to excellent with repeat flooding and a polar vortex. Dress warm.

Remember the rink closes at 9 p.m. every evening for flooding.

Grab a shovel or bring your shovel if it’s snowing to help keep the rink clear.

Thanks to this year’s rink sponsors:

Chander Chaddah, Sutton Group Associates

Scooter Girl Toys

Snap Fitness High Park – Roncesvalles

Sponsor funding permitted the purchase of new, sturdier rink boards to replace the old plywood. Thanks also to Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation for water, scrapers, equipment storage.

Follow SoraurenPark on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for rink updates.

Rink build this Saturday Dec. 16, join us

Photo of volunteers installing rink boards on snowy baseball diamond

The Sorauren Park Hosers rink crew invite you to join them for the annual rink build this Saturday December 16th.<

The work will start at 9 a.m. on the baseball diamond… which Parks, Forestry and Recreation has  plowed to prepare a clean base for flooding.

Volunteer jobs include:

  • Moving rink boards into position
  • Installing rink boards – bring cordless drill-drivers, hammers​
  • Moving picnic tables
  • Moving goalie nets
  • Helping with pizza and coffee service
  • Stacking a new load of firewood for the pizza oven
  • Tidying up

Chores for all ages!

Forecast looks promising till the end of December. With any luck we’ll have a rink going over the holidays… it takes about a week of below-zero temperatures to get the ice up for skating.

Thanks to everyone who has signed up for a weekly flooding shift. Some spots are still available, sign up with our easy form.

BIG NEWS: Three local businesses have stepped up to sponsor the rink this year: Scooter Girl Toys, Snap Fitness High Park/Roncesvalles, and Chander Chaddah, Sutton Group Associates. Thanks to these sponsors, we’ll be able to invest in upgraded replacement boards, replacement hoses, new signage and other goodies to be announced.