SOUTHINGTON — The community ice-skating rink on Mill Street will finally be installed by the parks department on Friday.
The work was supposed to be done on Tuesday, but was delayed because of snow.
“We have to remove the snow from the area before installation,” Mike Manware, assistant superintendent of parks, said Tuesday.
Installation of the 72-by-133-foot rink was postponed earlier this month also because of snow.
“In hindsight I wish we had installed it a few weeks earlier because my hope is always that the kids can use it during the Christmas break,” said Dawn Miceli, a town councilor who helped organize the rink. “That being said, we can’t control the weather. And this coming weekend, it’s (supposed to) be 45 and 50 degrees. That’s the challenge with an outdoor ice-skating rink in New England.”
ESPN donated a new $1,500 liner to replace one that ripped last year. This will be the third year the rink is open.
Last year the rink had six inches of water. This year it will only have four, making it easier to freeze.
“It was a little too full last year,” Miceli said.
Meriden’s ice-skating rink at City Park also hasn’t been finished because of the snow. Parks and Recreation Director Mark Zebora said the ground froze quickly and work had to stop on the roughly 12,500-square-foot concrete rink.
“We’re waiting on the weather,” Zebora said. “It’s unusual to get this cold this early.”
A temporary ice rink at the Meriden Hub won’t be installed this year due to the downtown redevelopment project.
Miceli said that once the Southington rink is complete she hopes it will be cold enough for people to use it. There are special hours for ice hockey and for regular skating posted on the Parks and Recreation’s website and Facebook page.
“Whether it’s up or not, we need the weather to cooperate,” Miceli said.