Seasonal Refrigerated Outdoor Rink

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This consultation has concluded.

The City of Oshawa wants to know if you would be interested in taking a skate outside! Oshawa City Council has directed staff to gauge the community’s appetite for a seasonal, refrigerated outdoor rink that, weather permitting, would be open annually from December to March.

Community members are invited to share their level of interest in a seasonal, refrigerated outdoor rink by:

  • completing a feedback form here on Connect Oshawa; or,
  • contacting Service Oshawa at 905-436-3311 during regular business hours to request a paper version of the feedback form.

Residents of Oshawa aged 18+ who complete the feedback form and provide their postal code, name and email or phone number, can choose to be entered into a draw for a $50.00 credit towards City of Oshawa Recreation & Culture Services, subject to the terms and conditions of the draw found online on Connect Oshawa.

Feedback will be received until 12:00 p.m. February 14, 2022, and considered in the development of a report to Community Services Committee in 2022.

If approved, the seasonal, refrigerated outdoor rink would be built next to an existing Oshawa recreation facility with ice pads. The only two facilities with ice pads that also have space for a seasonal, refrigerated outdoor rink are Delpark Homes Centre (1661 Harmony Road North) and Donevan Recreation Complex (171 Harmony Road South). Oshawa City Council will determine the location at a later date should they decide to proceed with this project.

Additional details and total estimated capital costs are available in Reports CS-21-93 and CS-21-117.

The City of Oshawa wants to know if you would be interested in taking a skate outside! Oshawa City Council has directed staff to gauge the community’s appetite for a seasonal, refrigerated outdoor rink that, weather permitting, would be open annually from December to March.

Community members are invited to share their level of interest in a seasonal, refrigerated outdoor rink by:

  • completing a feedback form here on Connect Oshawa; or,
  • contacting Service Oshawa at 905-436-3311 during regular business hours to request a paper version of the feedback form.

Residents of Oshawa aged 18+ who complete the feedback form and provide their postal code, name and email or phone number, can choose to be entered into a draw for a $50.00 credit towards City of Oshawa Recreation & Culture Services, subject to the terms and conditions of the draw found online on Connect Oshawa.

Feedback will be received until 12:00 p.m. February 14, 2022, and considered in the development of a report to Community Services Committee in 2022.

If approved, the seasonal, refrigerated outdoor rink would be built next to an existing Oshawa recreation facility with ice pads. The only two facilities with ice pads that also have space for a seasonal, refrigerated outdoor rink are Delpark Homes Centre (1661 Harmony Road North) and Donevan Recreation Complex (171 Harmony Road South). Oshawa City Council will determine the location at a later date should they decide to proceed with this project.

Additional details and total estimated capital costs are available in Reports CS-21-93 and CS-21-117.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

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    Would the proposed outdoor rink be something like other towns and municipalities have done. Examples like Markham and Ajax that use this space in the warmer months as a reflection pond and an ice skating pad during the colder months.

    Jmason asked 5 months ago

    Hello jmason, thank you for your question. Features, amenities and any dual functions would be determined as part of development process should the seasonal outdoor rink be approved by City Council.

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    Hi, what are the anticipated annual operating costs and years of depreciation estimate for the capital costs? As well, how many estimated visitors for the rink are anticipated annually? Then can you please let us know the activity-based cost (total capital + operational costs per year divided by number of visits)? Cost per visit is important for providing feedback.

    @JamesIbbott asked 5 months ago

    Hi @JamesIbbott, thanks for your question. Initial capital costs are estimated at $3.95 million with annual operating costs of $200,000. An estimate of annual visitors is not available at this time.

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    Can the city remember to avoid one major error that I see in some projects: have a private path that is NOT SALTED to the ice for purposes of moving the zamboni from the indoor setting to the outdoor ice surface (salt on the wheels wrecks the ice, it also ruins your indoor ice when the machine goes between both...)? Design consideration...

    Citizen243B asked 6 months ago

    Hi Citizen243B, thank you for your comment. This is a great point and something that will definitely be taken into account should this project be approved by Council.

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    Would this be free to access at all times?

    jam9 asked 6 months ago

    Hi jam9, thanks for your question. Operation and management of the rink, including access, would be considered at a later date should construction of a seasonal, refrigerated outdoor rink be approved by Council.

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    Why can’t I provide input on the location of the seasonal, refrigerated outdoor rink?

    6 months ago

    If approved, the seasonal, refrigerated outdoor rink would be built next to an existing Oshawa recreation facility with ice pads because of operational efficiencies and cost savings. 

    The only two facilities with ice pads that also have space for a seasonal, refrigerated outdoor rink are Delpark Homes Centre (1661 Harmony Road North) and Donevan Recreation Complex (171 Harmony Road South). 

    Oshawa City Council will determine the location of a seasonal, refrigerated outdoor rink at a later date should they decide to proceed with this project.

    Additional information is available in Report CS-21-117.

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    How much would a seasonal, refrigerated outdoor rink cost?

    6 months ago

    The total estimated capital cost required to construct a seasonal, refrigerated outdoor rink is $4,040,000 (excluding applicable H.S.T.).

    Building the seasonal, refrigerated outdoor rink at Delpark Homes Centre would provide estimated capital savings of $395,000, reducing capital expenditure to $3,645,000 (excluding H.S.T.).

    Building the seasonal, refrigerated outdoor rink at Donevan Recreation Complex would provide estimated capital savings of $555,000, reducing capital expenditure to $3,485,000 (excluding H.S.T.).

    A breakdown of efficiencies related to both potential sites can be found in Report CS-21-117.

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    What is the difference between the natural outdoor rinks opened at Delpark Homes Centre this year and the proposed seasonal, outdoor refrigerated rink?

    6 months ago

    Natural outdoor rinks, like the ones recently opened at Delpark Homes Centre, rely heavily on ideal weather conditions as consistent cold temperatures are required for the ice to remain solid and usable. An area is flooded with water and then it freezes during cold days. Unfortunately, it can thaw and be unusable on warmer days.

    Seasonal, refrigerated outdoor rinks allow for more flexibility when weather conditions fluctuate. Ice is created through use of a coolant below the water which keeps it frozen. The rink would be able to be used more consistently and for longer periods during the season.