Best Outdoor Staking Rinks in Kingston

ice rink, outdoor rink, Kingston, OntarioHappy New Year! Not only is it hard to believe that it’s 2011, it’s ridiculous when you come to terms with the fact that it’s January. Take a look outside, and if your neck of the urbanized woods is anything like mine, you’ll be hard pressed to find a single, glorious snowflake. Rewind to this time last year, and you would be hard pressed to find a patch of grass.  This past New Year’s Eve and Day were unseasonably high in the Limestone City, with temperatures soaring to as much as 10 degrees. This had a detrimental effect on almost all leisurely activities, as tobogganing, cross country skiing as well as outdoor rinks were nearly impossible to enjoy locally.  In fact, on New Year’s Eve the City announced that all of the outdoor rinks had to be shut down, save for the miracle pond at Market Square, which is chilled with a mix of unicorn blood and dragon’s tears.  This got me thinking about what makes the perfect skating pond, and accordingly this week’s poll asks:

Which outdoor community skating rink do you prefer?

  • Market Square (39%, 50 Votes)
  • Victoria Park (24%, 31 Votes)
  • City Park (17%, 21 Votes)
  • Skeleton Park (9%, 12 Votes)
  • Woodbine Park (9%, 12 Votes)
  • Polson Park (1%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 127

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There are a lot of factors that make the perfect community rink.  Market Square is great for a lot of folks as it has indoor change rooms with washrooms, regular Zamboni cleaning, and it is within close proximity to many restaurants, coffee shops and pubs, all of which are perfect for getting warm after a leisurely skate.  That said, as hockey is strictly forbidden on the Square, perhaps you prefer one of the other outdoor ponds, where the crowds are smaller, or because they’re… dun, dun, dun… unsupervised.  While mother nature may not be cooperating with rink attendants, I’m hopeful that we’ve got plenty of staking weather in the not too distant future.

Check out the City of Kingston’s website for more information on which rinks are open, and where they’re located.  Does Kingston need more or less of these spaces?  While you’re chewing on that question, I’d also appreciate it if you could jot down your thoughts about what makes the perfect outdoor rink.    Special thanks to the Jimmer for today’s photo.

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  1. @koopy January 3, 2011
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    • Harvey Kirkpatrick January 5, 2011
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