Cheshire purchases temporary ice rink through donations

Cheshire purchases temporary ice rink through donations


CHESHIRE — Town officials are hoping to open a temporary rink near the Youth Center on South Main Street, although the weather may not allow for skating this year.

The temporary rink was purchased after the town received a $4,000 donation from the Schena family and $1,500 from the Cheshire Lion’s Club.

Jim Nankin, chairman of the Parks and Recreation Commission, said he was very pleased with the donations and glad about the opportunity for community skating.

The rink, about the size of the Youth Center’s basketball court, will open if there’s sustained cold, according to Nankin. A weekend isn’t long enough to freeze the ice, he said.

“If it looks like we’re going to get enough cold weather, we’re going to put it up,” Nankin said.

Even if there’s not enough cold days left this winter, residents will still get a chance next year.

“It’s just a matter of time before we get to use it,” Nankin said. “We’ll see what happens next year.”

The donations for the rink were accepted by the Town Council last month. Councilors thanked donors for their contributions.

Anthony Cipriano, secretary of the Cheshire Lion’s Club, said the donation followed previous gifts of park benches and Bartlem Park improvements. The club also gives away scholarships, contributes to eye health research and donates to the food bank.

The ice rink gives residents an activity during the winter, Cipriano said.

“We’re looking forward to seeing a dedication of this,” he said.

Cheshire has had ice rinks before. Nankin said a temporary one has been set up in previous years near the Parks and Recreation Department’s building on South Main Street and was popular with residents.

Before that, Cheshire had an indoor, permanent ice rink on the north side of town off Route 10. Nankin said a group of businessmen opened the rink but eventually closed it when the machinery wore out and it became expensive to replace it.

“The town was thinking of buying it, but it would have cost too much money,” Nankin said.
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