Nobody kept score after the first half-dozen goals or so, but everybody was counting the smiles before, during and after the first-ever (first annual?) “Celebrity Shinny” match at the Sorauren Rink Feb. 2. The mighty red team from The West End Phoenix stared down the home-town Sorauren Hosers All-Stars sporting their blue tops.
The all-ages game went two hours in perfect conditions (just before the thaw that has closed the rink until further notice).
Staff and friends from publisher Dave Bidini’s local independent newspaper were fended off by Hosers including Arif Virani, MP Parkdale-High Park, and ringer Emily in goal. Volunteer Hosers who build and maintain the rink, led by Joël Campbell, chair of Friends of Sorauren Park, demonstrated the speediness, poise and puck-handling for which they are, uh, renowned.
Officials kept trash talk to a minimum and there were no penalty minutes.
Snacks by Scott Mifflin and main photography by Susan Peschken, thanks both!
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The rink should open again as soon as the weather improves with a return to below-zero temperatures. Watch for updates on SoraurenPark social media.
As you may already be aware, the Wabash Community Centre to be located in Sorauren Park will soon be a reality. The City of Toronto approved the $40M in funding as part of its 2017 capital budget and is preparing for the preliminary design phase to begin in early 2019 – with shovels in the ground planned for 2020 and doors opening as early as 2022.
With momentum building, the FOSP board thought it important that we lead our own strategic initiative to engage directly with the community to seek interest and participation in planning your ideal community centre.
Our independent initiative is to be complementary to the public consultation process led by the City of Toronto. Our goal is to align to their process and consultation timeline, and to submit a formal FOSP document that has been developed with direct community input.
Over the past couple of years, we’ve heard from many in the community who have expressed a want to “have their say” in shaping how the community centre is designed and built, and how it will serve the people once opened.
Our committees will form around the following paths. Design Excellence, Heritage, Town Square, Aquatic Facilities, Programming, Governance/Operations and Centre/Park Integration. We expect to have our key committees up and running early in the new year.
If you would like more information, feel free to contact us.
Wishing you and yours a very Happy Holiday season.
Board of Directors,
Friends of Sorauren Park