Category: Rink

Join the first Sorauren RC Toy Car Derby March 26

Photo of five remote-controlled toy cars racing on a dirt track, kicking up dust.
Bring your remote-controlled toy car to the first Sorauren RC Car Derby, March 26

Start your (electric) engines! The inaugural Sorauren Park Remote-Control Toy Car Derby is set for Saturday, March 26 at 9:30 am on the course at the Sorauren Rink. All invited!

Now that the ice is gone, and before the boards are put away, the rink will be re-purposed into a remote-control car race track with jumps, tunnels and mud baths.

Events include a multi-lap race, a drag race and obstacle course. (Note: not a demolition derby.) Car names are a must. Car decorating and detailing welcome, and costumes encouraged!

The winner will receive the inaugural Sorauren RC Derby Cup. Also, if you register, you will be included in a raffle for a new RC car donated by Scooter Toy Girls.

Register on-site. No fees to enter but donations are accepted to support park programs. Rain-date the following Saturday, watch this space and @SoraurenPark social media for updates.

The Derby is supported by the non-profit Friends of Sorauren Park and volunteer derby officials and umpires.

Overhead drone photo showing the rink boards on the baseball diamond, before the snow and ice arrives.
Sorauren Rink, now done for the season but the perfect site for the first Sorauren Remote-Control Toy Car Derby, March 26. (Photo from 2021, Oliver Vollmer)

Sorauren Rink closed for season

As if a switch was flipped with an overnight thunderclap, winter signalled its exit and spring its arrival, and with that change the Sorauren natural ice rink has closed for this season.

(Who are we kidding, winter will return in some way. But with the sun higher and thaws longer it becomes impossible to maintain the ice surface.)

Big thanks to the 40 volunteer crew members of the hardy Sorauren Hosers, and many other helpers, who maintained the rink with daily floodings and more. (Many Hosers have been volunteering for more than 10 years.) Overall it has been a great season, made more special as the second year of outdoor relief from the pandemic.

Thanks also to Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation for late-night and early-morning staff support and access to the hoses and water. Finally, thanks to sponsors Chander Chaddah, Scooter Girl Toys and Evolve Chiropratic Roncesvalles, whose financial support helps cover rink expenses.

The Sorauren Hosers Rink Crew is a program of the Friends of Sorauren Park, which is planning a great season of warm-weather programming; stay tuned. See you at the rink next year!

Logos for Scooter Girl Toys, Chander Chaddah and Evolve Chiropractic.
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Rink open if you need a break

Better weather has returned, allowing the volunteer Sorauren Hosers Rink Crews to rehabilitate the natural ice surface after a couple of storms. Conditions on the north pad are fair with bumps around the edges; conditions on the south pad are a little better.

The rink is open weather permitting till 9 pm each evening, when the hose comes out for a restorative flood.

Sorauren Hosers is a program of Friends of Sorauren Park. They are supported by our amazing local sponsors and Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation.

2022 Sorauren Rink Sponsors

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

Roller-coaster season: rink closed for now

The rink is closed again as of February 16 as we work through variable February weather. Thanks to everyone for staying off the surface – it made a big difference last thaw and helped the Sorauren Hosers Rink Crew bring the rink back quickly.

The Hosers are watching the forecast closely and will spring back into action when weather conditions improve. Watch this space and our @SoraurenPark social media channels for updates.

The Sorauren Hosers Rink Crew is a program of Friends of Sorauren Park. Subscribe to our monthly newsletter for park and Wabash Community Centre news and updates.

Rink returns… until next thaw

From earlier in the season, flooding action as a “sunrise soak” volunteer crew lays down a layer. Video by Jarek Wawrow.

Annnnd… we’re back. As of February 12 rink ice has been returned to fair condition with the colder temperatures and tender loving care from the Sorauren Hosers Rink Crew. The natural ice rink is open till 9 pm each night when crews return for flooding.

Thanks everyone for helping to protect the surface by staying off during thaws. The forecast is calling for warmer temperatures again later this week. Follow this site or @SoraurenPark social media channels for updates.

Pond hockey nets. Hit a mouse hole the right way and the puck will bounce back out the other one.
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