Toronto’s most extravagant backyard rink is back for another season
Toronto’s favorite extravagant backyard rink has officially reopened for the winter with a number of upgrades, and owner David Weiss is excited to kick off a new winter sports season for fun. of the whole community.
The ice rink of dreams, located in Armor Heights, is half the size of a standard NHL rink and built with a refrigerated ice-making system.
He has attracted all kinds of skaters who were impressed with his size and beauty last winter including, but not limited to, friends, a small league team, the NELK YouTubers, the hockey coach Pavel Barber and even Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
This year, with a number of impressive improvements in place, Weiss is hoping it will be another season full of fond memories on the ice.
“Over the past spring and summer, we have worked very hard to refine this experience in a way that more perfectly replicates the authenticity of an indoor skating experience while capturing the breathtaking beauty that the outdoors has to offer, ”Weiss told blogTO.
“We wanted to combine the indoor ice experience which includes lighting, sound and perfect ice with the outdoor ice experience which offers breathtaking views. “
The first of the improvements is an update to the lighting system, which now features even more personalized, weather-resistant exterior lights that can illuminate the ice surface in any color.
They’ve added more moving beams of light that spin and form circles on the ice, and they’re also programmed to act as spotlights in the sky, much like the Scotiabank Arena. Weiss says they also programmed these moving beams to project all types of color into the forest just behind the rink.
The lights shining on the rink can also be synchronized with the music playing through the audio system, which has also received a few notable updates.
Weiss says they upgraded the amplifier and made sure they got the best sound quality possible, and they’ve also created new playlists featuring all kinds of artists, from Drake to Billy Joel.
“Third, and most importantly, the quality of the ice cream has been greatly improved when we invested in a mini Zamboni, the only one of its kind in Canada! Said Weiss.
“This mini Zamboni was specially designed for smaller rinks. This reduced our cleaning and resurfacing time from 30 minutes to five minutes, so we could have more skaters on the ice for longer periods of time. “
On top of all this, they added a “Skybox”, which is a special viewing area, like a private box in an arena, located in a glass enclosure inside the house specially designed to see the action on. the rink.
But while all of these tech updates are sure to be exciting, Weiss says his favorite part of reopening and managing the rink is meeting new people.
“It’s all about the people,” he told blogTO. “Meeting new people and bringing back the people who lived the Rink of Dreams last season to find out more. The Rink of Dreams has helped us to develop so many new friends and friendships that are precious and invaluable.”
Of course, he says it’s also a real treat when an athlete or a well-known celebrity visits the rink, and this year he hopes that someone he considers uniquely Canadian, as does the rink. herself, will stop: Justin Bieber.
“Our dream would be to invite Justin Bieber to come skate, a true ambassador to Canada whose art captures everything we try to accomplish with the Rink of Dreams,” he says. “We would like to formally invite him to come and play hockey here and of course if he wants to bring Auston Matthews that would be welcome as well.