City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says that with cold weather about to envelope the area, he hopes the city’s open-air ice rinks will all be in operation by the Martin Luther King day school holiday on Monday.
He says city crews will be working over the weekend to get the rinks ready.
Right now the ice rinks at Baker and Dawes Parks are closed. The ice rink at Ackerman Park has ice and the rink will be partially open, but in some areas, the ice is too thin for skating., so please stay off those areas.
The forecast for today and Saturday is for temperatures in the 40’s. However, the Sunday forecast is for very cold temperatures with highs in the teens. Park crews will be flooding all the rinks on Friday and again overnight Saturday into Sunday in an attempt to have all the rinks ready for skating on Monday.
The city asks skaters to check the thickness and hardness of the ice before deciding to skate. Skating on thin ice at the Ackerman and Baker rinks may result in skates breaking through the ice and cutting the liner. If the liners are cut, water escapes, which makes it harder for crews to make ice.
Update 9:45 a.m. 1/20/13:
Parks Superintendent Paul D’Agostino says the rink at Ackerman Park now has good ice and residents can skate there.
Baker Park was flooded again around 7 a.m. today and the ice there should be in skating condition in a few hours.
The lakefront lagoon has good ice in the middle, but the edges are still bare due to the water draining out at the base of the walls. D’Agostino says crews will flood that area again tonight to try and get the edges iced over.
Update 8:45 a.m. 1/21/13:
Parks Superintendent Paul D’Agostino says all three ice rinks at Ackerman, Baker and the lakefront have good ice with nearly 100 percent coverage this morning.