Another great season for our outdoor rinks thanks to our volunteers

Brent Lawrie, VP of the BCA

Paul Van Bruinessen,

A special ‘Tip of the Hat’ to Paul Van Bruinessen, who worked with a welder to create his walking Zamboni to help flood the ice.

Blackburn Hamlet has three excellent outdoor skating rinks that were opened this year on December 27, one of our earliest openings in recent years. There are three locations — Bearbrook Pool and Norman Johnston School, each of which hosts a large hockey rink and a puddle rink, and a third location off of Orient Park near the allotment gardens which hosts a medium-sized hockey rink.

All of the rinks are in great shape, and have been quite busy with many outdoor hockey and skating enthusiasts. A reminder to all users of the outdoor rinks to please pick up your garbage, broken sticks, skate guards, dog poop, etc., and please note that no glass beverage containers are allowed on the property. The BCA would like to thank all the volunteer rink caretakers:

  • Bill Logan, Paul Graham and Charlie MacDonald at the Bearbrook rinks
  • Paul VanBruinessen, Paul Graham, Mark Lister, Ali Yassine, Martin Souliere and
    Brent Lawrie at the Norman Johnston rinks.
  • Bruce Laval at the Orient Park rink.

We would also like to thank all of our paid rink attendants (students within Blackburn), for keeping the rinks cleared of snow and seeing to the general tidiness of the areas.

Bruce Laval

Bruce Laval volunteer caretaker of the Orient Park rink

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