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After enlisting the help of Claudia Venevongsa, 10, the hair salon owner spoke excitedly about the neighbourhood children's response to his efforts.
"The amount of people and kids that are coming out has really changed the feeling of the neighbourhood."
Carriere took it upon himself to change the formerly dismal rink three years ago because he was frustrated by seeing area children with nothing to do.
"It was just so uninviting," he said of the unkempt rink. "So I thought, instead of just driving by and complaining about it, let's make it work."
It took three years of trial and error to perfect his rink-icing abilities, he said, but this year the ice is the best it's ever been and ready for use.
Robert McKay, 11, who hangs out at the Broadway Neighbourhood Centre, said he is excited to use the ice-skating rink during his Christmas break.
"It's pretty cool," said Robert, who was taking a break from skating to play Monopoly with his friends. "I skated last night and I'm going to go skate later."
Tim Barron, maintenance engineer at the Broadway Neighbourhood Centre, said the centre has close to 500 people come through its doors each week. He said this is the first year he has seen so many people come out to use the outdoor rink.
"Edward jumped on the bandwagon a couple of years ago and it's just been getting better and better," Barron said, noting the centre plans to build benches for a shack donated by the Sargent Avenue Rona Home and Garden store.
Art City program director Eddie Ayoub said Carriere is an excellent example of a local business owner who takes a hands-on approach to making the community a better place.
The ice rink is a highlight for the community's annual Snowball Festival, which takes place at the Broadway Neighbourhood Centre Jan. 16 from noon to 4 p.m.
"You're not going to meet anybody more committed to perfection than Edward," said Ayoub, adding Carriere's passion for the ice rink mirrors his passion for his 32-year-old business.
For Carriere, getting up at 5:30 a.m. to shovel the rink is well worth it. The payoff, he said, is seeing the kids who come out and have fun skating.