The Westlake flooded lot has become a destination for skaters

WESTLAKE, Ohio – This cold spell is good news for many Northeast Ohio residents who have winter hobbies.

For those who love ice skating, there are plenty of places to put them on, but one location in Westlake has been attracting skaters for years.

“It takes about three days of sub-zero temperatures for it to freeze over, so it’s firm enough for kids to skate on,” said Allison Kaufman of Westlake. “So we’re so excited to look at this 10-day forecast and see all the temperatures below freezing.

There’s a spot near Bradley Road, marked only by a wooden bench. But when the temperatures drop, you’ll find dozens of skaters on the flooded terrain honing their craft.

“It’s fun. It’s cold. I just like being here and playing,” said Patrick Kaufman, 9. “You’re just not in an enclosed space. That’s all cool. It’s just such a fun experience.

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Westlake’s flooded terrain has become a destination for skaters in the winter.

Kaufman was just one of many to take advantage of a rare day off school due to the weather. The family decided to spend a few hours at the makeshift ice rink.

“We got here before 10 a.m. and they couldn’t be more excited,” said Patrick’s mother, Allison. “When the boys are here with their teammates, I think those are things they will really remember.”

The frozen ground is only a few centimeters thick and is where countless children have learned to skate over the decades.

“The size is big. I feel more comfortable that they are safe. I also like knowing it’s shallow in case there’s a crack,” Allison said.

Nine-year-old Tommy Hutchinson was one of many on the ice Thursday afternoon. He’s been skating for about five years and Tommy and his friends take every opportunity to tie up their skates and do some stickhandling.

“On Martin Luther King Day, my school had an open skate and I skated, and I loved it,” Hutchinson said. “It’s good because I skate here with all my friends.”

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Westlake’s flooded terrain has become a destination for skaters in the winter.

Not to be outdone by his sister, seven-year-old Teagan Hutchinson also did a few laps around the ice. Although she’s decided hockey isn’t for her, she still enjoys getting on the ice.

“It’s cool because you meet new friends and stuff,” she said.

There is something special about outdoor skating that attracts skaters from all over. Often ponds like the one on Bradley Road are where people start.

“All ages play so well,” Allison Kaufman said. “Sometimes there will even be high school players here and it really doesn’t matter. As long as you have skates and a stick, you fit perfectly.

With the forecast cold again for the weekend, you can be sure the Bradley Road Ice Rink will be a hot spot no matter how cold it gets.

“My favorite part is probably my friends going out and playing,” said Patrick Kaufman. ” That’s what is best. Just be together.

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