SOUTHINGTON - Ice skating and ice fishing are now permitted at Memorial Park Pond and Crescent Lake.
“Our crews were out there this morning,” said Town Manager Mark Sciota. “The ice on Memorial Park Pond is seven inches thick and the ice on Crescent Lake is eight inches thick.
Ice thickness will continue to be monitored for safety by Public Works (Highway/Parks). Should the ice become too thin, a “no skating” sign will be posted at Memorial Park and/or an “Unsafe Ice” sign posted at Crescent Lake.
Zachary Singer, of Bristol, headed out onto the ice shortly after noon Tuesday with ice skates, a hockey stick and a hockey puck. He said that he had read online about the pond’s recent dredging, which allowed it to open again for ice skating.
“I just like skating,” he said as he practiced hitting the puck around. “It beats being cooped up in the house and I can’t stand walking on a treadmill - I like the fresh air. I just bought season tickets for UConn Hockey and it got me in the mood to go out and see what I could find.”
When Town Councilor Dawn Miceli posted about the announcement on the Facebook group Southington Talks, her post gathered a lot of attention, receiving more than 70 likes by 3 p.m.
Miceli had first announced last January that the ice rink would be re-opening at its original location at Memorial Park Pond following the dredging operation.
Six years ago, the pond was determined to be too shallow for it to freeze solid enough and the ice rink was moved to a location on Mill Street.
This location had experienced an issue where the lining on the ice rink wore out every couple of years.
Three years in, Miceli helped raise $1,500 with the help of a donation from ESPN to replace it. Had the ice rink not moved back to Memorial Park Pond, the lining would have had to have been replaced again before opening this year.
“When people talk about the ‘good old days’ in Southington, they always talk about skating at Memorial Park,” Miceli said previously.
Memorial Park Pond on Woodruff Street is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Sunday. Additionally, ice fishing is now permitted on Crescent Lake on Shuttle Meadow Road during regular park hours.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.