The Arena Boards of Management are eight Board-managed arenas that offer use of ice (i.e. Hockey, figure skating), programming, and pleasure skating to the community. Some arenas also offer dry floor rentals (i.e. floor hockey) in the summer. These services are complemented with snack bars, pro-shops, and meeting room rentals at some locations.

Budget Notes

Arena Boards of Management provide safe, full and equitable access to high-quality indoor ice sport recreation facilities that are managed effectively and efficiently to provide opportunities for physical fitness and sport skill development through individual and team activities in response to local community needs.

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The Arena Boards of Management are 8 Board-managed arenas that offer use of ice (i.e. Hockey, figure skating), programming, and pleasure skating to the community. Some arenas also offer dry floor rentals (i.e. floor hockey) in the summer. These services are complemented with snack bars, pro-shops, and meeting room rentals at some locations.

2018 Budget Summary

The total cost to deliver these services to Toronto residents is $9.044 million gross and $0.031 million net.

The Arena Boards will not achieve the 0% Budget target over the 2017 Net Operating Budget due to inflationary increases and the closure of William Bolton Arena for construction in 2018. With the exception of William Bolton, all arenas will maintain the same service levels.

Fast Facts

  • 11 ice rinks, including 9 large rinks and 2 small rinks.
  • 4 of the 8 Arena Boards will offer year-round ice rentals.
  • 5 of 8 Arena Boards offer meeting room rentals to the general public.
  • All 8 arenas offer pro-shop and snack bar services.
  • In 2017, all arenas operated at full capacity, delivering 24,435 prime time and 13,201 non-prime time ice bookings.

Trends

  • Available ice hours for 2017-2019 for all arenas are steady at 46,018 hours with the exception of William Bolton which will be undergoing renovations in 2018. As a result, the combined estimated available ice hours for 2018 is expected to be 43,599 hours.
  • Sundry revenue (pro-shop and snack shop) across all Arenas continues to decline due to strong commercial competition.
  • Prime time and non-prime time usage rates have remained steady since 2016.

Key Service Deliverables for 2018

The Arena Boards of Management are responsible for providing ice time, in-house programming, and accessory services to individual users, community groups, and private groups.

The 2018 Operating Budget will fund:

  • A total of 43,599 hours of available ice time, comprising of 24,235 hours of prime time ice and 19,364 hours of non-prime time ice, across the eight Arenas.
  • Ongoing delivery of in-house programs such as house leagues, hockey schools, summer camps, and learn-to-skate programs.
  • Provision of accessory services such as snack bar, vending machines, pro shop, skate sharpening, meeting/banquet hall facility rentals.
  • Full capacity operation of prime time ice for 7 of 8 Arenas.

Our Key Issues & Priority Actions

  • Bill Bolton Renovations Project is scheduled to deliver undergo renovations in 2018 for a period of six months during which the arena will be closed to public.
    • The arena will coordinate with project staff and patrons to communicate start and end times for the renovation period in order to ensure a smooth transition between the closure and regular operations afterward.
  • Core Services Review of the Ombudsman’s report titled “Skating on Thin Ice: an Investigation into Governance at an Arena Board” (CC41.4) considered by Council on November 13, 2013. Recommendations which are currently being considered include:
    • Examining various governance models and service delivery mechanisms for arena boards
    • Communicating the role of elected representatives on Arena Boards as part of the Board orientation.

2018 Operating Budget Highlights

  • The 2018 Preliminary Operating Budget for Arena Boards of Management is $9.045 million gross and $0.031 million net representing an increase of 0.4% to the 2017 Approved Operating Budget. The Agency could not meet the budget target due to inflationary increases and the renovation of William Bolton Arena.
    • Staff complement will decrease by 2.1 positions in 2018 because of the closure of Bill Bolton
  • The 2018 Preliminary Operating Budget provides funding for:
    • Program specific expenditures such as purchases for the snack bar and pro-shop, and Zamboni replacement reserve contributions
    • Administration and operating expenditures including permanent staffing costs, utilities, accounting fees, and office expenses
    • Repairs and maintenance expenditures including ice refrigeration and resurfacer costs, and facility repairs