Community Rink

What does it take to build the community rink?

It takes volunteers.

At the beginning of the season volunteers are required to help clear away the leaves and debris in order to prepare the base ice. As well throughout the rink season the work involves snow clearing, patching and flooding.

Supervised hours: Monday to Friday, 6:30 to 8:30 pm Saturday and Sunday 12:00 to 5:00 pm.

Operates from December 15 to February 28 if weather permits.

For the following 2 positions a $500 stipend will be given to the volunteers.

Rink Preparation/Maintenance Co-ordinator 

  • Responsible for coordinating and conducting base ice preparation (mid-late December)
  • Responsible for coordinating and conducting ongoing rink flooding and maintenance 
  • Responsible for coordinating and conducting snow clearing after major snowfalls
  • Unlock/lock rink room
  • Post rink operating hours onsite
  • Post rink open/closed signs onsite

Rink Supervision Co-ordinator 

  • Unlock / lock change rooms at start and end of shifts
  • Schedule/coordinate/pay Rink Supervisors 
  • Communicate to Rink Supervisor their tasks
  • Report incidents to City of Ottawa Program Coordinator within 24 hrs.
  • At the end of the rink contract (Feb), collect the Daily Attendance sheets, scan, and email to the City of Ottawa Program Coordinator

Rink Supervisor

  • 15 years of age minimum 
  • Complete Daily Attendance Sheet hourly checks (hourly attendance numbers, check the change rooms)
  • Ask skaters to clean ice surface at end of shift
  • Help with snow clearing if there is a significant snowfall during your shift, 
  • Call emergency services if there is an incident
  • Return shovels to office at end of daily operation
  • Enforce “No pucks on puddle rinks” if skaters are using puddle rink.
  • This amounts to about 5-10 minutes of work each hour and is a great opportunity if you are planning to skate on the rink anyway.

Source: notes from Jody Sunstrum

Rink Manual 2016