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Title: Rink Reviews (aka Rink Roundups)
Post by: nicklaszlo on January 05, 2016, 01:06:39 AM
Suggested Review Content (updated January 2017)

 Name of rink
- Location (sometimes the rink name doesn't match the town name)
- Ice quality
- Schedule
- Cost
- Add a link to the rink's website if possible.
- # of ice sheets
- Parking availability
- Mass transit info
- FS club and estimate of how active they are at the facility
- Pro shop - does it have items or sharpener for FS?
- Snack bar
- Party room(s)
- Other activities on site
- Cleanliness, maintenance
- Bathroom status
- Locker room status (if known)
- Types of sessions - public or freestyle
- Club ice / guest policy
- Availability of permanent locker rentals
Title: Re: Rink Reviews (aka Rink Roundups)
Post by: icedancer on January 05, 2016, 08:05:04 PM
I LOVE this idea!!

I had a blog where I regularly reviewed and very nicely pilloried the rinks in my area - the rink managers generally LOVED it - even when I pointed out the obvious things like potholes (well, they seemed like potholes), bad lighting, guys with hockey sticks on public sessions (!) and stuff like that - I think it is all with how you approach it -

This being from a figure-skaters perspective!!  What the recreational public or hockey skater likes and wants is different from the figure skating crowd that is for sure!
Title: Re: Rink Reviews (aka Rink Roundups)
Post by: Bill_S on January 05, 2016, 08:15:54 PM
I like this idea too. One additional feature - take a photo of the rink if you can. We all know that a picture is worth a thousand words!
Title: Re: Rink Reviews (aka Rink Roundups)
Post by: Isk8NYC on January 06, 2016, 09:09:28 AM
Welcome to www.skatingforums.com's new Rink Roundups forum!

Feel free to post honest reviews of rinks from a figure skater's perspective, keeping in mind that these are your own opinions.  Try to be objective and fair: if three busloads of school kids are at a rink, it's probably not going to be pristine or quiet.

Would someone please contribute a "template review" that can be a guideline to standardize posts going forward?

Thanks
Isk8NYC

PS to nicklazlo: You have moderator privileges on this forum if you see something that needs tweaking or if a spammer gets by the regular staff of moderators.  ☺
Title: Re: Rink Reviews (aka Rink Roundups)
Post by: nicklaszlo on March 22, 2016, 05:35:43 PM
Oh, I didn't realize I was a moderator.
Title: Re: Rink Reviews (aka Rink Roundups)
Post by: Isk8NYC on July 30, 2016, 11:27:01 AM
So, here is a suggested list of elements to include in your review:

. Name of rink
. Location (sometimes the rink name doesn't match the town name)
. # of ice sheets
. Parking availability
. Mass transit info
. FS club and estimate of how active they are at the facility
. Pro shop - does it have items or sharpener for FS?
. Snack bar
. Party room(s)
. Other activities on site
. Cleanliness, maintenance
. Bathroom status
. Locker room status (if known)
. Types of sessions - public or freestyle
. Club ice / guest policy

Any or all can be included, but don't stress if you don't use the whole list.
Title: Re: Rink Reviews (aka Rink Roundups)
Post by: nicklaszlo on August 18, 2016, 07:05:37 AM
Please comment on
- Ice quality
- Schedule
- Cost

Add a link to the rink's website if possible.

Reviews for figure skaters in this forum.  There are lots of other sites taking reviews for ice tourists.

(suggestions updated January 2017)
Title: Re: Rink Reviews (aka Rink Roundups)
Post by: nicklaszlo on January 28, 2017, 04:15:15 AM
even when I pointed out the obvious things like potholes (well, they seemed like potholes)

One rink I skated at had real potholes in the parking lot.  Big enough to lay down in.  The lot also flooded on a regular basis.