By Ed Harris
Town officials are hoping that the recent snap of cold weather in recent days was enough to get the ice rink up and running.
“We need Mother Nature to cooperate,” said Town Councilor and rink organizer Dawn Miceli.
Warmer temperatures this winter have not allowed ice to form, causing the closing of the rink for the last few weeks.
The rink is located on the Water Department property on Mill Street, just across from the Rails to Trails.
A few days of cold weather should make the rink usable, Miceli said, noting that the reusable rink uses minimal water, allowing it to freeze quicker than a lake or pond.
In the meantime, residents have been calling the Parks Department to ask about the rink.
“People are eager to skate,” Miceli said.
Miceli suggested that residents check out the Parks Department’s Facebook page or website to find out whether the rink was open.
The following rules and regulations will be enforced once the weather cooperates and the rink is opened.
Public ice skating will be offered this season – weather permitting –Sunday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Skaters use the rink at their own risk and appropriate safety gear is recommended. There is no skate attendant on duty and children should be supervised by a responsible adult.
Alcohol is prohibited and food, drinks and smoking are not allowed in the skating area.
Hockey play, sticks or pucks are not allowed on ice during recreational skating times, but are allowed Wednesdays from 7-9 p.m. and Saturdays from 3- 5 p.m. Hockey players must wear helmets/face shields and protective gear during hockey sessions. Recreational skating is prohibited during hockey sessions.
Parking for the community ice skating rink is on Mill Street at the Rails to Trails parking lot and the Southington Municipal Center parking lot.