on November 26, 2015 by test_editor in Archive_2015, November, Print Articles, Comments Off on November 26, 2015: If You Build It They Will Come; HICG gears up, but not for baseball.

November 26, 2015: If You Build It They Will Come; HICG gears up, but not for baseball.

November 26, 2015: If You Build It They Will Come;
HICG gears up, but not for baseball.

By Hampton-Iona Community Group.

Winter is almost upon us – the warming effect of a particularly strong El Nino, notwithstanding — and that means skating on the city’s community rinks.

The Hampton Iona Community Group (HICG) is pleased to advise that we will be continuing the tradition of building our community skating surfaces. While not a boarded rink, our skating surfaces in Iona Park are noted for their top notch quality and the availability of non-hockey skating areas.

Iona Park is always a great rink for an informal pickup game of hockey or for learning to skate. We are pleased to see that the number of young children learning to skate in our park increases every year, and that Hilson Public School continues to use our rink on a regular basis.

As well, HICG’s main annual social event has been a winter carnival at our rink. In order to provide the community with a rink, however, we rely on both volunteers and paid attendants.

We have always endeavoured to build the rink using the skills of our neighbourhood volunteers. We then hire attendants to supervise the rink and to maintain the ice once it is open. By stretching the City grant with volunteers, we are able to offer 35 hours of supervised skating per week when the City requires only 30 hours of supervision.

Typically, the HICG hires local high school and university students to work at the rink. Several of our attendants from the last few years have moved on this year and we are now looking for 2- 4 new attendants.

The position pays minimum wage for work that is scheduled primarily during weekday evenings and on weekend days. Successful applicants will need a police check since that they will be working with children.

As well, we are looking for new volunteers to assist in the construction of the rink. While we rely on a number of community volunteers to help build the rink (and a good ice surface takes about 15-18 floodings, depending on the weather) we would welcome a volunteer to take on some of the responsibilities of co-managing the rink.

If you are interested in volunteering to help build the rink, or to co-manage, please let us know. High school students who volunteer to help build the rink will earn eligible volunteer hours.

As noted above, we traditionally have supervision between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on weekdays and 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekends. We have considered whether supervision should start earlier on weekdays and would welcome comments from our users in this regard.

Persons interested in working at Iona Park as a rink attendant, or in volunteering to help build our rink, please contact Lorne Cutler at 613-725-9147, or by email at lacutler@magma.ca . You can also contact the Hampton Iona Community Group through their website, http://www.hamptoniona.ca .

No Comments

Comments are disabled.