Southington, Meriden will offer public skating

Southington, Meriden will offer public skating

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The Southington parks department has plans to once again allow skating on Memorial Park’s pond.

Assistant Highway Superintendent Gabe Calandra, whose department also oversees the town’s parks, said skating on the pond can begin once the ice has frozen, which he expects to happen between Christmas and Jan. 1.

Calandra said the pond was once regularly used for skating, but has been closed for years. The town’s rink along the linear trail also has been closed in recent years. While the details are still under discussion, Calandra said he expects skating at Memorial Park and the linear trail rink will be free to the public.

Meriden will also be opening its outdoor skating rink at City Park once the weather allows.

Meriden Parks and Recreation Director Chris Bourdon said the town closed Hubbard Park’s pond to skaters a few years ago because the ice thinned too quickly. The rink at City Park is only 6 inches deep, alleviating any concerns about falling through the ice. The low depth also means the City Park rink freezes quicker.

Even so, the mild winters of past years have limited how long the ice stays frozen, usually 6 to 8 weeks a year.

“We’re entirely dependent on Mother Nature,” Bourdon said.

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