Sunday evening Laine Pond, his son Owen and his partner Jen Cypher braved the cold, donned their toques and gloves and headed out to their neighbourhood park to flood the natural ice rink at McCormick Park.
For the first time, the Friends of McCormick Park are working to build two large ice surfaces in the park, one for shinny and the other for pleasure skating on the east side of the park, on the baseball diamond, off Brock Avenue in Parkdale.
“We have such a huge area here that is under-utilized in the winter,” Cypher said. “And there are so many people around here that skate, but ice time can be hard to get in the (Mary McCormick) arena.”
Cypher explained the City of Toronto has given the Friends of McCormick Park access to water and hoses for flooding. There is a team of volunteers who come out nightly to flood the surfaces, but more volunteers are needed.
They flood each night beginning at around 6 p.m. and as late as they have volunteers willing to work.
“We have had a number of people wander by while we are out here and everyone seems really excited about it,” Pond said.
Just west of McCormick Park, flooding of the natural ice rink at Sorauren Park has also begun. Neighbours to that park have been building two natural ice pads for skating and shinny since 2008.
To join the volunteer flooding crew at McCormick Park email firstname.lastname@example.org. To help at Sorauren Park send a message through the Contact page at http://soraurenpark.wordpress.com