As of the new year we will have Saturday ice available from 9:30pm-11:30pm, as well as Sunday ice available from 10:30pm-11:30pm. These time slots will be consistent every week- so why not take this great opportunity and grab your hockey loving friends and put together a weekly shinny game! It is always a great way to get out and socialize while participating in a revitalizing workout!
This message is to all Totally Awesome Hockey Moms and their partners and spouses who are looking for a Christmas gift idea. Do you know a mom who has stood frozen in hockey arenas watching her kids play? Now is your chance to leave your mark by placing a name for $250 (charity receipt provided) on a chair in the Bert F. Grant Arena in a designated area for Totally Awesome Hockey Moms. Your kids will feel proud of all the hours that their moms have put in for them to enjoy hockey – through snowstorms, traffic jams, car pools, leaving work early, going to work late. It’s quick and easy to donate using Canada Helps Organization in this link http://www.leasidearena.com/donate.html All donations will receive a charity receipt from East York Foundation. Act now! Christmas is at our doorstep!
Despite the horrific weather conditions- we are open today for regular scheduled programming. Everyone on the roads today, take your time and keep plenty of space between you and the car ahead of you!
The holiday season is fast approaching, what a better way to spend time with family and friends than an ice rental with Leaside Memorial Gardens. A leisure skate with family and friends, or a friendly game of shinny will sure to bring some cheer to the holiday season. Listed below are the dates and times of all available ice throughout the holidays. Please inquire with the office regarding bookings and hourly rates- times book up fast so do not hesitate to call the office today- 416-421-4944
The New Rink
Monday December 22nd- 5:30pm-12:30am
Tuesday December 23rd- 7:30am-9:30amm 4:30pm-10:30pm
Wednesday December 24th- N/A
Thursday December 25th- Holiday Closed
Friday December 26th- 12:30pm-1:30pm, 2:30pm-11:30pm
Saturday December 27th- 6:30am-12:30pm-4:30pm-11:30pm
Sunday December 28th- 6:30am-12:30pm, 6:30pm-11:30pm
Monday December 29th- 3:30pm-12:30am
Tuesday December 30th- 7:30am-9:30am, 4:30pm-10:30pm
Wednesday December 31st- N/A
Thursday January 1st- Holiday Closed
Friday January 2nd- 11:30am-1:30pm
The Bert F. Grant Rink
Monday December 22nd- 12:00pm-1:00pm, 5:00pm-12:00am
Tuesday December 23rd- 6:00am-10:00am, 12:00pm-1:00pm, 5:00pm-8:00pm
Wednesday December 24th- 6:00am-10:00am, 12:00pm-1:00pm, 2:00pm-3:00pm
Thursday December 25th- Holiday Closed
Friday December 26th- 6:00am-9:00am, 10:00am-1:00pm, 5:00pm-8:00pm, 10:00pm-12:00am
Saturday December 27th- 6:00am-3:00pm, 6:00pm-12:00am
Sunday December 28th- 5:00pm-12:00am
Monday December 29th- 5:00pm-12:00am
Tuesday December 30th- 6:00am-8:00am, 3:00pm-12:00am
Wednesday December 31st- 6:00am-8:00am
Thursday January 1st- Holiday Closed
Friday January 2nd- 1:00pm-2:00pm, 3:00pm-4:00pm, 5:00pm-8:00pm
A Message from,
Vice Chair, Leaside Gardens Board of Management
Season in Full Swing!
I feel it is time to officially welcome the 2014/2015 Fall and Winter season here at Leaside Gardens. We greatly anticipate our busiest season and love hearing the hustle and bustle echo through the halls. Here at Leaside Gardens, we are happy to announce the successful start to a season of figure skating, minor hockey, shinny, public skating and many other exciting programs that our facility offers. I feel it is important to share the progress Leaside Gardens has been experiencing and to update the public regarding some exciting new changes.
As many are aware, Leaside Gardens has an extensive list of generous donors. In order to properly pay tribute to our donors, we are currently customizing and upgrading our donor wall to illuminate different recognition levels. The levels represent specific amounts of money donated; and range from Wood to Platinum. Many donors from the past have generously contributed more funds and have now moved up in their donation level. Our donor wall has also added a new panel to commemorate donations made to particular memorials. We are always taking donations, so if you have yet to donate, I would suggest doing so. Donations can be made to The East York Foundation; a charitable receipt will be issued. Please visit our website at www.leasidearena.com for information regarding donations.
I would also like to take this time to acknowledge the beautifully crafted plinth that has been erected in front of Leaside Gardens. This new addition to our grounds displays the names of individuals and groups that have contributed substantial donations towards Leaside Gardens. I urge the public to visit the plinth, as well as our donor wall, to take a moment to recognize the overwhelming amount of generosity our community has and continues to display.
It is with great excitement Leaside Gardens would like to announce the successful installation of a pylon sign at Leaside Memorial Gardens. On September 23rd, we watched the installation process with boundless anticipation. The introduction of a pylon sign on our grounds will increase revenue as we provide additional advertisement availability. The use of the pylon sign is accessible to the public. The cost to rent the sign is $135.00 +HST per week. All inquiries should be directed to the Leaside Memorial Gardens office at 416 421-4944. Please stay tuned for more information as businesses will sure to be jumping at the opportunity to book with our newly established pylon sign.
Upgrades to Bert F. Grant Rink
Throughout the month of July work began on the Bert F. Grant rink to install some new upgrades. We are excited to announce the successful installation of T-5 lighting.
Many case studies and testimonials have posed that the upgrade to T-5 lighting will ultimately save in energy and cut costs. Leaside Gardens felt it would be an overall improvement in quality and efficiency.
New First Aid Room
As you all know by now after reading this update, Leaside Gardens is experiencing many positive changes and growth. I would like to acknowledge another great addition as we add the finishing touches to our facility. Through-out the course of this fall, we will be introducing our new and fully functional First Aid Room. The First Aid Room supplies would not be here today without the necessary funds; these funds were generously donated in the memory of Paul Delaney. Leaside is appreciative of its many donors and continuous support as we grow and expand to serve our community better.
This is just a reminder that Leaside Gardens is actively participating on social media. Here we will be posting updates, events, and other exciting news regarding Leaside Gardens. You can like us on Facebook under Leaside Memorial Gardens, follow us on Twitter @Leasidegardens, or find us on Instagram @Leasidegardens. Social media is a great way to bring awareness to our facility and keep our community continuously updated and ‘in the know’. Please visit our current and updated website for any inquiries regarding the facility, www.leasidearena.com.
As I draw this newsletter to a close, I would like to remind the public of our ongoing rink availability. We would be more than happy to receive calls and inquiries regarding our ice time availability and bookings. I would also like to add that Leaside Gardens now offers a professional setting boardroom which is a convenient option to book for meetings. Please call the office to inquire about availabilities. Leaside Gardens also offers our William Lea Banquet Hall which is great for many different functions and presents an array of possibilities. Please do not hesitate to call the office of Leaside Gardens at 416 421-4944 to set up an appointment to view the space and inquire about availabilities and inclusions.
Don’t forget our public skating, free skate, and shinny, which has recently commenced. Keep your eyes peeled for specific dates, times and cancellations.
As I mentioned previously, we are continuously taking donations, so please do not hesitate to visit our website and donate today.
If you have any questions or comments about Leaside Gardens or about this email update, please feel free to contact the facility by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the arena office at 416-421-4944. Visit our website at www.leasidearena.com.
Vice Chair, Leaside Gardens Board of Management.
It is with great excitement Leaside Gardens would like to announce the successful installation of a pylon sign. On September 23rd, we watched the installation process with boundless anticipation. The introduction of a pylon sign on our grounds will increase revenue as we provide additional advertisement availability. The use of the pylon sign is accessible to the public. The cost to rent the sign is $135.00 +HST per week. All inquiries should be directed to the Leaside Memorial Gardens office at 416 421-4944. Please stay tuned for more information as businesses will sure to be jumping at the opportunity to book with our newly established pylon sign.
Our Donor Wall is a testament to the generosity of many people who donated over $500. At present, we have raised $3.1 million. There are still opportunities to donate to the facility so we can reach our goal of $3.5 million.
The Donor Wall has five levels:
Platinum - $250,000 - $1,000,000
Gold - $50,000 - $249,999
Silver - $10,000 - $49,999
Bronze - $1,000 - $9,999
Wood - $500 - $999
In June, 2014 the Donor Wall will be changed to reflect the following:
If you wish to alter a name that is currently on the Donor Wall, please email email@example.com.
I hope you will be able to join me on November 29th as we induct the first 10 members of the Leaside Sports Hall of Fame. Established in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of Leaside and the construction of the new Leaside Gardens the Sports Hall of Fame will recognize excellence in Leaside sports. This event will be the first to take place in the newly refurbished William Lea Room and will feature a reception and a chance to meet the inductees. Among those attending and being inducted will be two time World Series Champion Dr. Ron Taylor and Olympic Beach Volleyball bronze medal winner John Child. You can see and read about all of the inductees on the Leaside Sports Hall of Fame website: http://leasidesports.com/
Emcee, Leaside resident, on air news anchor and OJHL play by play announcer Anthony Regan will welcome special quest speaker and long time Leaside resident, member of the Order of Canada Michael Bliss. Also to be recognized will be the Leaside Athlete of the Year. Watch for this announcement in the upcoming issue of Leaside Life.
This promises to be a great evening celebrating sports in Leaside and a chance to see the new Leaside Gardens. Tickets are $25 with proceeds going to support the Hall of Fame, available at the Leaside Gardens office, Pro-shop, from founding organizations or let me know and I will make sure to get them in your hands.
Come out and support your community !
Leaside Gardens Board Chair
The new arena has been open for a month and things are coming along nicely. There are still things to be done and you will see signage starting to go up now and will continue over the next few weeks.
Please join me tomorrow, November 8th for the service of rededication of the arena. You may know that Leaside Memorial Community Gardens was originally built as a memorial to the 17 men from the Town of Leaside who died during WWII.
A memorial plaque, that was originally dedicated near the entrance to the William Lea Room in Leaside's 50th anniversary year 1963 has been refurbished and remounted on the new building near the flag poles.
Given the proximity to Remembrance Day, we will have members of the Royal Canadian Legion Todmorden Branch 10 participating along with a bugler from HMCS York and piper to play the last post, lament and reveille.
We are especially pleased that the children of St. Anselm's School will be participating in the service -- the school choir will be singing and students will read the names of the men from Leaside who were killed during the war. Rev. Beth Benson from St. Cuthbert's Church in Leaside will officiate.
Elected officials and members from three of the families of the servicemen killed will be in attendance. It promises to be a meaningful and memorable service and I hope you might be able to join us. It will start promptly at 1 p.m. near the flagpoles.
I have included the order of service and a photo of the memorial plaque with this message.
Chair of the Board
Leaside Memorial Community Gardens
THEY KICK STARTED IT ALL: Peter and Cathy Clark donated $1 million in 2010 to help build a second ice rink at Leaside Memorial Community Gardens. On hand for the cake cutting are Don Valley West MP John Carmichael, left, and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Councillor John Parker, at right.
The Leaside couple whose anonymous $1 million donation in 2010 kick started the fundraising campaign for the Leaside Memorial Community Gardens’ second rink has come forward for the first time.
Peter and Cathy Clark were on-hand Oct. 5 with about 500 other people when they were thanked by Arena Expansion Committee chair Paul Mercer during the opening ceremonies for the new rink.
“They took a risk when none of this was guaranteed,” said Mercer, “because they believe that sport plays a key role in the health and well-being of young people.”