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The cold must be good for something!

Thanks to the early cold snap, residents are already taking advantage of ice-skating rinks at Evanston parks.

As weather permits this winter, skating rinks will be created at Ackerman Park at Central Street and McDaniel Avenue, the Dawes Park Lagoon at Sheridan Road and Church Street and Baker Park at Forest Avenue and Keeney Street.

Thanks to the early cold snap, residents are already taking advantage of ice-skating rinks at Evanston parks.

As weather permits this winter, skating rinks will be created at Ackerman Park at Central Street and McDaniel Avenue, the Dawes Park Lagoon at Sheridan Road and Church Street and Baker Park at Forest Avenue and Keeney Street.

City officials caution that there are no attendants on duty to supervise the rinks and shelter houses are not be open.

Skating conditions vary throughout the season, based on air temperature, sunshine levels and snowfall. The Dawes Park Lagoon has good quality ice most frequently, as it is not created on turf.

The folks who make the rinks say that to make ice that’s ready for skating requires three consecutive days of temperatures 15 degrees or lower to have sufficient frost penetration of the ground. Then it takes at least six days of applying water to have ice thick enough to skate on.

Either a warm spell or significant snowfall will disrupt the ice-making process.

Traditionally, the latest time that skating takes place is in mid-February. For a recorded message regarding outdoor ice rink conditions, you can call 847-859-7822, extension 8.

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