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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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.

Shop local with park supporters this holiday season

Friends of Sorauren Park 2017 Supporter decal

Look for the Friends of Sorauren Park decal in shop windows

Support Sorauren Park this holiday season by shopping at our supporters! Look for the new Friends of Sorauren Park decal in the shop windows of the retailers and organizations that support the park.

Free programming at the park, including outdoor movies, the natural ice rink and festivals such as the WaBASH Fall Festival, cost money to produce. In addition to your donations, funding from our sponsors helps pay for permits, staging, licences, equipment and supplies.

Visit the Sorauren Farmers Market throughout the winter every Monday 3 – 7 p.m. in the Fieldhouse. A special Craft Market on Monday Dec. 11 is perfectly timed for the holidays.

Special thanks also to park supporter Roncesvalles Village BIA. Shop local to keep our community’s economic ecosystem healthy.

Happy holidays!

Join the Sorauren Hosers ice rink crew

Photo of the natural ice rink with the sun's glare and hockey players in the background

Sorauren east and west ice pads on Saturday Jan. 14, 2017. Breakaway!

That nip in the air means only one thing: it’s time to join the Sorauren Hosers volunteer ice rink crew.

Every winter, the Hosers (of all ages and backgrounds) build and maintain the two-pad natural ice rink on the Sorauren baseball diamond. There are many ways to get involved: you can help on build day, you can join a flooding crew (one night per week during the season, weather permitting), you can sign up as an “alternate”, you can help shovel after storms. No experience necessary; newcomers will be teamed up with veteran Hosers.

As a volunteer, you’ll participate in a fun and rewarding activity and also receive notices of Hoser social events including Rink Drinks.

Fill out our form and we’ll be in touch. Let it snow!

 

 

 

Learn about Sorauren trees with the new guide and game

With the leaves falling and easy to pick up and examine, it’s the perfect time to learn about many tree species that grow in Sorauren Park!

Thanks to the High Park Nature Centre, Sorauren now has it’s own LEAFO card. It’s like Bingo, except with trees! So while you’re learning, you can make it a game, too.

Visit our new Sorauren Natural History page for your downloadable copy of the LEAFO card. It’s a great game for birthday parties. Can you find the park’s giant and rare elm tree? Did you know that Sorauren Avenue used to be called Poplar Grove?

Many park trees been planted and cared for by volunteers, in collaboration with Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation and generous funders such as TD Friends of the Environment, Evergreen and Live Green Toronto. A few trees in the park are not shown on the LEAFO card, including Manitoba, Norway and sugar maples… bonus points if you can find those.