December 1961 the Start of the Municipal Arena Development in Montreal
December 1961 marked the start of Montreal's municipal arena boom. Previously arenas for minor hockey were built in the satelite cities - Verdun, Lachine, etc or by private schools, foundations or organizations. Details about the outdoor rinks for the 1961-62 season and the opening of the new Villeray Arena follow:
The Villeray complex is still around but no longer used as an arena since approximately five years - compressor and pad problems were to expensive to renovate so it is a sports center.
Basic info is provided. The rink was below NHL standards, limited seating in a park with a football and soccer field. A high school was built up the street later. Easy access from all points and the Metropolitan.
Pretty much coincides with Toronto's boom as well, only a half a dozen or so indoor facilities throughout the area prior to 61, George Bell opening that year, North Toronto & others following in the 60's & 70's. A lot of the outdoor pads with in many cases artificial plants covered. Now over 50 municipally controlled & managed indoor post Amalgamation with Scarborough, North York etc. No idea if any outdoor muni rinks in the GTA even exist anymore and quite a few private facilities having also gone up. I believe Vancouver, the City proper excluding North & West Vancouver, Burnaby etc has 3 - 12mnths of the year arenas & 5 seasonal indoor rinks they operate, UBC as well which is within Vancouvers municipal boundaries. Quite a few more, public & private throughout the region, White Rock Centennial, Queens Park in New Westminster which was built in 1930 & still open, home to minor hockey & the Salmon Bellies Lacrosse Team, former home of the New Westminster Bruins in the 70's & 80's etc...