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posted November 16, 2010
Campbell rink like the park it sits in is a public facility funded by the taxes the city collects from residents. Like other municipal amenities it is maintained and operated by City of Toronto employees. While Campbell staff are city employees, they are sometimes assisted by contract workers from a community group called CELOS.
Unlike most other rinks Campbell has a small snack bar and cheap skate rentals. Used skates that were donated by members of the community can be rented for $2. Money earned from skate rentals and the sale of food, drinks, pucks and hockey tape are put back into the rink. They help pay for things like the firewood used during the Saturday and Sunday rink-side campfires.
There is no charge for skating or playing hockey at Campbell. And why would there be? If you live in Toronto, you already pay for the rink every time you pay a municipal tax.
Is there a better way to run our neighbourhood parks?
Click on the image to see a poster about a community proposal to create a conservancy for all of ward 18's parks. More information about the conservancy can be found on the Public Commons website. Click here.
Campbell's clubhouse has a kitchen
In spring 2011 city workers made some changes to Campbell's clubhouse. The office, which is also used as a kitchen and skate rental centre, got an electrical upgrade. This means park staff can finally use the donated stove that has been sitting idle until now. The office also got new sinks, which will make cleaning dishes much easier. This past winter the improvements allowed rink staff to offer skaters an expanded menu for the snackbar including warm chili, minipizzas and cookies baked fresh at the park.
Campbell Park News
About the ice rink
Summer at Campbell means soccer and cricket, but come winter skating and hockey take over. Read more about Campbell's outdoor artificial ice rink. The rink, of course, is closed for the summer, but you can read what happened last winter in the Diary. See also John Lorinc's article: One rink at a time.
About Campbell Park
Find out more about the park.
The real cost of a park hot dog
To learn more about what life in this area used to be like, visit our local history pages.
Old photos of the neighbourhood
Residents want electric trains
On November 16, 2010 residents demonstrated in favour of electric trains. Read more
eye article about gentrification
eye weekly has published an article discussing gentrification in the Bloor-Lansdowne area a few blocks west of Campbell Park: hipsters are coming!.
Find out what's happening in your neighbourhood by reading our news section.