Supervisors Needed for Outdoor Skating Rink

This is one of those posts where we really need your help — please spread the word at school, at work and with your neighbours!  If you subscribe by email, please forward it on!

City crews will be starting to flood outdoor ice rinks over the next few weeks, with the hope of outdoor skating starting for real on December 15.  We need your help to find shack supervisors for the public rink on McCallum Avenue and Montague Street, next to Lakeview United Church.

Each year, the LCA finds shack supervisors for two outdoor rinks, but this year we’re having trouble finding supervisors for the McCallum and Montague rink.  The City will not allow the shack to be unlocked without a supervisor in place, so without supervisors there won’t be a spot for kids and families to warm up during their time outdoors.  This is a real shame since the McCallum rink gets used a lot over the winter season, with lots of kids, teens, adults and families using the rink and warming up in the shack.

You can help us out by either volunteering to supervise the shack for a shift or two, or get a group of people together to take on a week, a block of weeks, or the entire 10 week season, from December 15 – February 20.   The shifts we’re looking to fill are:

  • Weekday evenings from 6PM – 9PM
  • Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 2PM – 5PM
  • Saturday and Sunday evenings from 7PM – 9PM
  • Supervisors are not required on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day
  • Supervisors are also not required when the temperature is too warm (above +5C) or too cold (wind chill below -25C)

This could make a good individual or group fundraiser, since the City provides a grant for supervisors and the LCA tops it up to make up to $2000 available for the season.  So if your organization, team or school group is interested in taking on the duties, and raising some money, please let us know.

In the past, we’ve recruited people to take on the full 10 weeks and would still prefer that, but are willing to break this up to fit your schedule.   If you’re interested or would like more information, please call Mark at 522-1592 or email at

The rinks and heated shacks are great places to get outside, have fun, and enjoy the winter while not completely freezing solid.  Please come out and help or at least spread the word around your block and at your school!

ps.  Did you know there is a second rink in Lakeview with a warmup shack?  The leisure rink at 3355 Robinson street doesn’t have boards for hockey, but is a great place to go skating too.  We’ve got a supervisor in place for the Robinson Street rink so the shack should be open starting December 15.

Photo by Nemo’s Great Uncle

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