The Outdoor Rink

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Modern Skates

I don’t remember a lot about the outdoor rink in Midland. I do recall going there often to skate, and I recall also watching some hockey games there. However, I think the rink served a good purpose in helping the health of the people of Pasadena. Many people frequented the rink and enjoyed meeting their friends there to skate. I recently discovered that it has been in existence for over fifty years.  That’s got to be a record for Newfoundland!

Ice Rink

An Outdoor Rink

Back in our teenage years I don’t think anyone really thought about being in shape. Exercise was not really a big topic back then. We were slim and trim and didn’t think we were doing anything to help ourselves be healthy. We wanted to go out and move, and having a pair of skates that fitted well and were sharp enough was the most important thing. We didn’t need the Rideau Canal to make us happy.

English: Rideau Canal in Ottawa, Canada, Janua...

The Rideau Canal in Ottawa, Ontario

 The outdoor rink was a big improvement over the icy road that we often used earlier in our lives. We used the two bladed skates which were strapped over our boots. We had to watch out for traffic, but Midland Row was not very busy back then.

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 One memorable thing about the outdoor rink was the sitting to put on our skates, pulling on the laces and then tying it around the top securely. It was also pleasant to remember finally jumping up and skating, doing figure eights and skating backwards. Finally, the rushing back home for hot cocoa and toast, after hours of getting chilled in the Winter air, was a time never to be forgotten.

If I’m remembering correctly there was no charge for skating on the outdoor rink. It was free to any person who wanted to skate there.  I thought there was a rink in South Brook at one time and we liked to go down there from time to time.  There was no money needed to skate and fun with friends from anywhere in our surrounding area.

There are now plans for a modern sports center in Pasadena, which is a great plus for the whole community. (Anyone with specific public knowledge, please send in a comment!)

As I’ve said many times in the past, Pasadena had many interests for growing children, teens and families. We had Mitchells’  Theatre for movies; Pasadena Beach, Rocky and Concrete Bottoms (and the trussle in South Brook) for swimming; Harry Antle’s Pool Hall for pool, games and hanging out; South Brook Park for swimming, picnics, dancing to the juke box and meeting friends and the outdoor rink for nice crisp Winter days of skating and comaraderie.

 

Author’s Note: Anyone have a recent photo of the outdoor rink in Midland? Please let me know.

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About Newfoundland Traveller

I'm a Newfoundlander with a love of reading, writing and travelling. I've travelled around our province and lived in four provinces of Canada. I love a good book and a good blog. My family means the world to me, and some day I hope to travel to many countries of the world with my husband and sons' families.
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4 Responses to The Outdoor Rink

  1. Eric Alagan says:

    Looks like great fun.
    In the tropics in Singapore, we have an indoor ice skating rink > but somehow not the same.

  2. What fond memories Pauline! I travel back to my carefree days one again and relived in my mind all the hours skating on the Harbour Pond in St.Mary’s….. my childhood home. as you said we were certainly slim and trim. We were”on the go” continuously and loving it. It all just came so easy and natural. There was complete enjoyment in being active. Today it seems to be a planned event. Those indeed were the days!

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