Category: Rink

Join the Sorauren Hosers volunteer rink crew

The Sorauren Park natural ice rink (a BlogTO Top 5 rink!) is one of the ways the park stays hopping all year long. Now you can help make that happen by joining the all-volunteer Sorauren Hosers Rink Crew!

You can volunteer in many ways… help with the rink-build day (usually late December/early January) or the tear-down at the end of the season. Or join one of the flooding crews, one crew for each night of the week. Join as an alternate flooder, or sign up to help dig out after a storm.

Volunteers receive training, the cool, limited-edition Sorauren Hosers toque, and invitations to Hoser social events… plus the satisfaction of keeping a great tradition going.

Sign up using our easy form.

The rink is brought to you by the Hosers, the Friends of Sorauren Park, and our generous sponsors who help support the costs of running the rink:

Chander Chaddah, Sutton Group Associates

Scooter Girl Toys

Snap Fitness High Park

Thanks also to Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation for water and logistical support.

See you at the 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!

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.

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