Ice Rink

Evening scene lit by park lights, a lone man with a hose floods the natural ice rink at the park.

The rink is flooded every night at 9 pm by volunteer Sorauren Hosers, when conditions allow.

The Sorauren Natural Ice Rink is now closed for the season. The warmer temperatures make it impossible to maintain. Thanks everyone for supporting the rink and respecting the public health rules.

Read a letter from the Hosers discussing this year’s rink.

IMPORTANT 2021 RINK RULES

Support our front-line workers like Dr. Martin Betts by keeping the rink safe.

Keep the rink safe by complying with ALL posted public health rules.

Failure to follow the public health rules may result in fines or closure of the rink.

Rules include:

  • no shinny (provincial orders also prohibit practicing, no hockey sticks)
  • leisure skating only
  • maximum 25 people per ice pad
  • stay 2 metres apart except for members of your own household
  • wear masks.

Volunteers are doing their best to enforce these rules, but it is up to the community working together to ensure the rink can remain open this year so we all can get exercise and enjoy the outdoors safely.

A sign posted on the baseball fence at the park indicates the public health rules stated in the HTML text.

The rink is open and maintained by volunteers when weather and ice conditions permit. It is a natural ice rink so warm weather will close the rink.

Please stay off the rink when it is closed. Footprints and damage delay opening. The all-volunteer Sorauren Hosers Rink Crew has been working hard this year in unfavourable conditions (weather and pandemic) to get the rink open.

Thanks to our 2021 Returning Rink Sponsors. Shop Local!

Chander Chaddah, Sutton Group Associates Realty Inc. Brokerage
Scooter Girl Toys
Snap Fitness – High Park

“The Sorauren Hosers are a highly organized crack squad of ice-makers.” – The West End Phoenix

Join the Sorauren Hosers Volunteer Rink Crew! Volunteers flood the natural ice rink every night at 9 p.m. (weather permitting) during the skating season, typically January and February.

SoraurenHoserslogoNo experience necessary… training and all supplies provided. Sign up using the form below. (Bonus: Once you’re on the list, you’ll get notices for our social events.) Volunteers typically work one night per week, with a crew of two to four people, a mix of veterans and newcomers. Volunteers receive a coveted, limited-edition Sorauren Hosers toque!

The Sorauren Rink is a natural ice rink built and maintained by volunteer crews, usually on the baseball diamond with two pads, one for shinny and one for pleasure skating.

Because it’s natural ice, the season is dependent on Mother Nature. Crews flood every night at 9 p.m. as long as it’s cold enough. We typically need a week of consistent below-zero weather to begin flooding. Follow our home page, or follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at @SoraurenPark, for rink updates and status.

Thanks to Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation for providing the permit, scrapers and water supply from the Fieldhouse. Thanks to our sponsors for supporting costs including boards, hose replacement, supplies, signage, volunteer appreciation.

Volunteer Sign-Up Form

Photo of volunteers setting up the boards for the outdoor rink. Lots of snow.

Preparing the rink, December 2016

Clearing the snow off the rink after big storm

Digging out after the big storm of 2013

RinkClearingCrew

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