As of yet, required conditions have not been ideal to make an ice rink. Staff has made the decision to hold off on flooding the rink at the current time. The reasons are as follows:
We will absolutely revisit this should the opportunity present itself, and we will continue to watch the weather daily as we normally do.
Ideally, we would experience an extremely cold November with no snow subsequent to a wet fall. (A cold dry November is the last thing the Water Department wants to see as the number of breaks grows markedly in this kind of weather.)
To create a rink, we need the following conditions to work in our favor:
We must also remember an additional number of hours is required if snow removal is required prior to any pour. (See below)
Snow is an insulator and can impact us in several different ways. If it snows on the ground before we get a chance to flood, it can preclude a good hard freeze in the soil, keeping the soil warmer than the outside air. (Our Water Department loves snow in the winter for this reason as well!) Secondly, if the weather looks like it’s turning colder following snowfall, our DPW will need to remove the snow prior to pouring. If the soil is not frozen hard underneath the snow it makes removing the snow extremely difficult as our mechanical equipment will severely grind up the basin and has the potential to become stuck.
Staff monitors the long-range weather daily and makes plans in advance so that residents have as much time as possible with the rink.