Some rinks open, Welding event canceled

Some rinks are open but another is still in preparation due to the hot weather in December. The Mt. Blue State Park headquarters rink on Center Hill in Weld, seen in this archive photo, offers one of the best views while enjoying time on the ice. File Photo / Livermore Falls Advertiser

REGION – Warm weather affected the opening date of an ice rink and a popular winter activity was canceled for the second year in a row.

“We hope to work on setting up (the rink) on Wednesday,” said Jennifer Savage, deputy director of the Farmington Parks and Recreation department, on Monday, Jan. 3. “The ground must be completely frozen. The tarp we are using (under the ice) has heated the ground. It’s the first week that it’s been pretty cold.

Other rinks in the area don’t use a tarp, Savage said. The goal is to open the Farmington rink in mid-January, she added.

For hours of operation or more information, people should follow the ministry’s Facebook page or call 778-3464.

In Weld, the Mt. Blue State Park headquarters rink in Center Hill is open, park superintendent Bruce Farnham said on Monday.

“We won’t be having Take It Outside Family Winter Fun Day this year,” he noted. “The ski slopes will be groomed when there is enough snow. “

For years, Take It Outside had taken place on the first Saturday in February but was canceled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The yurt near the rink will be open with a fire to warm the skaters and skates are available there, Farnham said. Depending on the weather, the rink is open seven days a week and a light switch on the pole can be turned on for night skating as long as it’s off when it’s time to leave, he noted.

For more information, visit the park’s Facebook page.

The Kineowatha Park ice rink in Wilton is also open, Parks and Recreation Director Frank Donald said on Monday.

“Unless the sign is posted, people can skate at any time whether the heated cabin is open or not,” he noted. “The lights are on every evening until 8:00 p.m.”

The cabin’s warm-up hours are 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Skates and walkers to help new skaters can be used free of charge when the hut is open. Crisps, hot chocolate and candy are available for purchase.

“We were busy over the Christmas holidays,” Donald said. “We had at least 35 to 40 people a day on average. I hope to spend the February holidays, from mid-February to the end of February if the weather permits. Sometimes this is not the case, we have to close before the February holidays.

For more information or to see if ice maintenance has temporarily closed the rink, call 645-4825 or visit the Facebook page.

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