Mill Creek MetroParks hoping for extended cold to open ice rink

officials are waiting for the ice rink to freeze before they open skating to the public at the Mill Creek MetroParks.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – As cold as it will get this week, WKBN wanted to know, will it be cold enough for some outdoor ice skating?

Mill Creek MetroParks has not yet opened its new rink this winter. And while everything is ready for skating to return to the Wick Recreation Area, the Mill Creek MetroParks Board of Commissioners say all they need is a bit more ice.

“Well, we are very dependent on Mother Nature for that,” said Lori Shandor, development director for the MetroParks.

And Mother Nature has brought some days better suited for sand volleyball.

MetroParks built the rink over those volleyball courts at the Wick Recreation Area, and there is no refrigeration system, so the opening of the rink depends entirely on the weather.

“It’s about 3 to 4 inches of water that we’re trying to freeze,” Shandor said.

It was cold enough for ice skating on Monday — nearing 16 degrees — but Shandor says there haven’t been enough cold days in a row to make enough ice for skating.

“We’re getting about three-quarters of the way there, and then we’re getting warm days and we’re losing that. So we’re hopeful that this week, next week, maybe the week after. We can’t say for sure,” she said.

When the rink does open, hours of operation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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