It is mid-October, turkey carving is done, and we find ourselves thinking not of cottaging, but of hockey. With that said, we at the Community Association Board have begun planning for the upcoming skating season, and our community rink. But after last winter’s fantastic skating season we were left with a problem in the form of a $2565.00 operating loss. As a result, the Board is asking for your views on the options available to reduce the risk of continued deficits caused by the rink.
We hope that last year’s weather was just an anomaly, but with the threat of another long and uninterrupted season ahead, and with the increase to minimum wage this year, the future of our popular winter community gathering place suddenly finds itself in potential jeopardy.
Each year, the city sets minimum guidelines for the hours per week that Ottawa’s community rinks can operate at 31 hours. Due to the popularity of our rink, we have opened our rink for 41 hours each week. The city also provides each of its 250 community rinks with a $4200.00 subsidy, which we spend on pre-season rink preparation and flooding, wages for rink supervision during open hours, and daily maintenance (flooding, cleaning, gas, machine maintenance). Some rinks operate solely on a volunteer basis, but we have found a mutual benefit for the Association and the local youth that we contract our maintenance services to. The agreement ensures that the community rink is consistently well maintained, and our local youth gain employment and work experience.
Or, Please e-mail your comments/suggestions to Bob.firstname.lastname@example.org by October 31, to assist the FHACA Board in considering this issue at its next meeting on Nov 3.
For a detailed analysis of our rink’s operation and financial status please click on Doug’s Rink Analysis.