Ice skating returning to Rockwell Park Friday

Published on Wednesday, 26 January 2022 10:22
Written by BRIAN M. JOHNSON

@brianjohnsonBP

BRISTOL – Ice skating returns to Rockwell Park this Friday, after which people will be able to skate at their leisure as long as conditions remain safe.

The city's Parks, Recreation, Youth and Community Services Department will be hosting a free, pop-up ice skating event at the Rockwell Park lagoon Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. Guests should bring their own ice skates and the city will provide hot chocolate and a fire to warm up with at the Mrs. Rockwell Pavilion.

Amry Shelby, city recreation supervisor, said that last year's pop-up ice skating day at Rockwell Park was "extremely well-received" by those who attended. Now, conditions are right for ice skating to make a comeback.

"We’ve been monitoring the winter weather temperatures and ice conditions for over six weeks now, but at the end of the day, we’re at the mercy of Mother Nature," said Shelby. "Now that we have had some colder weather, we are ready to take the ice again and look forward to seeing our community outdoors and enjoying what the parks have to offer.”

Shelby said that Page Park was originally considered for the pop-up skating event. However, conditions at Rockwell Park ultimately proved more suitable.

Joshua Medeiros, superintendent of parks, recreation, youth and community services, said that skating on the pond proved more popular than the ice skating rink that the department used in past years.

"Last year we got a lot of great feedback," he said. "A lot of people have nostalgic memories about skating on the pond. It became a sort of inter-generational event. Parents brought their kids out to skate and share the experience."

Medeiros said that the ice skating will launch Friday and will remain open for as long as weather permits. City crews will be clearing the pond of snow after the Saturday storm.

Masks are not required while skating, but participants are encouraged to practice social distancing on the ice.

Masks will be required, however, when entering the Mrs. Rockwell Pavilion. Additionally, a limited number of patrons will be allowed inside the building at a time.

The Bristol Parks, Recreation, Youth and Community Services Department encourages those who plan to skate at Rockwell Park after Friday's "launch" to check bristolrec.com for regular updates on ice safety conditions.

For more information, visit bristolrec.com or call 860-584-6160.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Wednesday, 26 January 2022 10:22. Updated: Wednesday, 26 January 2022 10:24.