The Windsor ice rink is a central feature of Windsor Park from December to March. It’s a special privilege that we have in Old Ottawa South, and is used by hockey players and skaters from across the city.
The ice making process to create the rink is labour-intensive. The snow has to be packed, and flooded a dozen times before the base forms. Each flood takes two hours and requires two people. The rink is manned by a collection of volunteers from around Old Ottawa South. This collection of “hosers” is dedicated, and Windsor Park has a reputation for having the best ice in the city. Last year the rink opened on December 19th and the hosers are looking to get the rink open this season by December 18th.
Bryan Delaney is a Windsor Park hoser.
Originally published in the January 2018 OSCAR.