Rink Status Update

Looks like the rink will be closed on Tuesdays (not Mondays), and weekdays run earlier, from 5pm to 8pm. There’s a hope for it to be ready by January 13th. Current schedule and other information at https://champlainpark.org/park/the-rink/ Here’s the message from our rink coordinator…

Subject: Re: Champlain Rink Opening – ODR
Date: Wed, 8 Jan 2020 19:38:40 +0000
From: Jason I <jason_ilacqua@hotmail.com>

Hello. I have the supervision schedule all set for next week. I have 4 high school volunteers.

The city pushed back the opening of rinks to Monday January 13. It’s supposed to rain Friday and Saturday.

The plan is to go to the rink Thursday with a snow plow to pack down the snow that’s there. Then let the rain cover the rink for 2 days. Then it should be up and running next week with the cold weather.

It might not be ready Monday but it will be ready shortly after.

I have two or three people that have offered to help with maintenance. I will definitely need help next week.

Jason Ilacqua.

Rink Status Update

Subject: Champlain Rink Opening
Date: Thu, 26 Dec 2019 20:04:10 +0000
From: Jason I <jason_ilacqua@hotmail.com>

Hello everyone. Happy holidays. The City has indicated to all rink operators that they want the rinks open Friday, January 10th.

Note from the City of Ottawa:

“Beginning of building base ice is on January 3rd, 2020. Typically, we account for base ice to take between 5-7 days, so we would ask that ice be ready for January 10th, 2020.”

I will keep everyone updated. So far I have one volunteer for supervision. He is a 14 year old high school student. He cannot do all 20 hours so I will still need some more paid volunteers. I will need a two to four more volunteers to fill the 20 hours per week.

Jason Ilacqua.

Rink 2019/2020 Information

(from https://champlainpark.org/park/the-rink/)
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Community Bonfire – February 10

Champlain Park Community Bonfire 2019

When: Sunday, February 10th, 3-5pm
Where: North End of Champlain Park

Last year, our first Community Bonfire in Champlain Park was a roaring success. Once again, community event organizers Jim Cocks and Bill Baggs, who initiated this hot idea, invite neighbours out of hibernation on Sunday afternoon (3-5 p.m.) February 10, to meet around a burning fire, skate on the outdoor rink, or ski on the SJAM groomed trail.

Bonfire Panorama.

The bonfire is located at the north end of our park near the link to NCC woods and the baseball diamond.

Our enthusiastic Councillor, Jeff Leiper, his assistant, Fiona Mitchell, and city workers sponsor the event by securing the open-air fire permit and the fire pit, contributing marshmallows, s’mores materials, hot chocolate and cups. Bushtukah and Bridgehead also lend support. It is a great opportunity to warm up with friends in the community after some winter outdoor fun!

Rink Update

Following up on the previous call to shovels, https://champlainpark.org/2019/01/23/snow-shovelling-critical-time-for-the-rink/ here’s a message from Jim Kot (sorry for the delay, was busy shovelling the driveway and roof before things freeze up).

——– Forwarded Message ——–
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2019 11:14:10 -0500 (EST)
From: kris.tom <kris.tom@sympatico.ca>

Please pass on a big thank you to all who helped shovel, mother nature has kindly watered so the ice should be ready for the winter carnival.

Snow Shovelling Critical Time for the Rink!

Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2019 16:23:04 -0500 (EST)
From: kris.tom <kris.tom@sympatico.ca>

Hi Champlain Park

Urgent request to shovel the the snow that has fallen between 4:00 and 6:00 pm in preparation for the rain.

If shovellers could arrive at about 6:30 pm for about half an hour we should be in good shape to save the rink for the carnival.

Thank you.

Please past this message on

Jim Kot

Rink Operational and Christmas Tree Reuse

Just two small items…

Skaters have been seen on the Champlain Park Outdoor Rink, which implies it is useable now! More details about the rink hours, facilities and the need for volunteers at https://champlainpark.org/park/the-rink/

The SJAM Winter Trail is collecting cleaned up Christmas Trees for use as a windbreak. Leave them at the Remic Rapids outhouse.

Outdoor Rink Volunteers Needed!

[New Boards at the Champlain Park Rink]
The Outdoor Rink recevied a whole set of New Boards in 2017/18!

New snow expected for 2018/19! Volunteers needed to shovel it!

Volunteers Urgently Needed!

Mother Nature and the Farmer’s Almanac are hinting at a longer, snowier winter this year, so we need extra help to keep our rink in great shape this season. To help with supervision, shovelling, and ice flooding, please contact Jim Kot phone 613-355-7519 or e-mail kris.tom@sympatico.ca. Jim will coordinate the schedule for flooding, scraping, and clearing the ice. You can also support the rink by donating a new shovel, tuning up the snowblower, refreshing the first aid kit, or donating funds. Or just show up with a shovel after a snow fall!

High school students can earn Community Volunteer credit hours by helping out.

Don’t forget to dust off your skates and get them sharpened… Come out and enjoy our community rink and have fun with your family and friends!

The first day of the rink is always weather dependent, it’s not usually sooner than December 27 but not later than January 1st.
The official last day is February 28, weather permitting the Rink Coordinator will try to keep open as long as he can.

Don’t forget to bring your helmet! Skate safe, have fun!

See https://champlainpark.org/the-rink/ for hours of operation, booking special events, and facilities.

Winter Carnival – January 27

When : Saturday January 27, 2018
Where: Champlain Park Fieldhouse
Time: Noon – 3:00pm

Snow, rain or shine, this festive annual event takes place on the last Saturday in January.

Hope to see you there!



12:30-2:30pm Free horse-drawn sleigh rides

After lunch skating, hockey skills competition, and prizes throughout the afternoon

2pm live music, games

Spread the word

Please spread the word, and bring your friends and family.
Admission, hot chocolate and coffee are FREE.

Food & Beverages

There will be Chili cook-off , baked goodies, juice, hot dogs and more for sale in the Fieldhouse.

Your help

If you are able to bring a chili or baked goodies, or helping out in any other way, PLEASE contact one of the organizers to let us know.

We would be VERY grateful!!

Event organizers

Sarah Kotyck email: sarahkotyck@gmail.com
Natalie Raffoul email: nraffoul@cbrcanada.com

Our Outdoor Rink is now Open!

The ODR is officially open and ready for the fun times to begin with friends and family.

So dust off your skates, dress warm and have fun.

Many thanks to Jim Kot and his rink volunteers for their hard work in making this ready for the holidays.

More ODR details on hours and groups and volunteering to help clear the rink can be found at https://champlainpark.org/the-rink/

[Rink Gate open, showing hockey net waiting]
Two volunteers (one large, one small, offside, thanks!) are currently (2017.12.30, 1pm) dusting off this morning’s powdery snow. Gates are open, the net awaits!