Skating in Style
Langstaff demonstrates his skating skills at age 85.
The Liberal,January 23,
The "Big, Black Old Timer"
The original wooden arena stood right against
Church Street on
the existing children's playground, to the west of
Arena 23. They used to
flood it with a pipe, hand pumped from a huge barrel, the water coming from a
cistern under an inside room. The building was a real old timer, big and black,
probably dating from the 1800s. There were no bleachers; hockey spectators
watched from a narrow walkway beside the ice. In the beginning there weren't
even any boards so that the crowd had to beware of high passes.
Saturday night the whole town skated - there were
large crowds. The
band played, but he doesn't remember where they sat. Perhaps they stood
to keep the circulation going during those sub-zero nights. The skaters seemed
warm enough, the gentlemen sporting colorful long scarves, and the ladies
keeping pinkies snug inside rabbit-fur muffs.
H.J. Suter,"Building the Richmond Hill Arena
Tradition,"Richmond Hill Month(January 1988),p. 18
Hundreds of people have
visited our new rink in the
Park, and the opinion
is freely expressed that
Richmond Hill now
has a building that is a credit to the town, the Town Council and the builders
- W.H. Graham and his staff. Although rushed up in four weeks after the frame
was started, nobody was hurt, there was no accident of any kind, and everything
went together like clockwork. The building is electrically lighted, and next
winter the waiting rooms, band stand and canteen will be steam heated. Go and
see for yourselves.
"Our New Rink,"The Liberal,March 1, 1923