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Skating rink: Staff has received a number of calls regarding when or if the skating rink will open. Staff also understands that the rink is very popular with residents and is one of the things that makes Fox Point unique. Unfortunately, our ability to open the rink is completely driven by the weather and a decision has been to not open the rink. A lot of thought and consideration went into making this decision, which we recognize is unpopular.
In order to open the rink two things are needed – consistently cold temperatures and no snow. Some of you may recall a similar notice posted a couple of weeks ago regarding the rink – at that time, temperatures had been above freezing and there was no frost in the ground. As a result, we were unable to flood the rink because any water we would have placed in the rink would have seeped into the ground. Now that the temperatures are where we need them to be to make ice, we have the snow factor playing into our inability to flood the rink. That is, all the snow that we are receiving first needs to be removed from the rink area before we could flood it (otherwise we end up with slush). At the earliest, we may have been able to fill the rink by Friday the 25th but there is more snow forecast for Sunday into Monday.
This creates two complications. The first is that it typically takes a week before adequate ice (6 inches or more for safety purposes) has formed and by the time of the forecasted snow on Sunday and Monday we may only have an inch or two of ice that formed. The second is that the new snow acts as an insulating blanket and not only slows the formation of the ice but because the ice is too thin DPW staff would not be able to get on the rink with our vehicles to clear the ice.
Please note that in our conversations with the Fox Point Foundation, they are still planning to hold their Winter Blast this Sunday from 3 to 5 pm and will have other activities for the kids and families. For those of you who still have some questions, feel free to contact Scott Brandmeier, Director of Public Works, at email@example.com or 414-351-8900