grumbles about the Portlands Sports Complex ice rinks that fell by the waysideWe are actually in need of more, not less, NHL-regulation sized ice surfaces in the downtown/inner suburbs area.
1. We are pretty short of surfaces for organised hockey anyway, and opportunities for adult hockey (particularly for women) are being pushed out.
2, There is insufficient regulation-sized ice to get a synchro team of any description up and running. There is no opportunity to introduce ringette.
3. A multi-surface facility is needed so we can run club-level competitions to support non-elite figure skating in the city. The closest facilities are in Mississauga and York region.
2. In the Etobicoke area, the city is looking to repurpose a regulation-sized arena for curling. This is precipitated by the closure of several private curling clubs in Etobicoke, but would leave the community figure skating club there, along with the CanSkate Learn to Skate programs, without a(n accessible) home.
As the population increases, we need more, year-round, publicly owned ice and these part-time, leisurely skate round-and-round ice strips don't support any ice-based sports.