Thanks to the early frigid temps, ice skating begins Friday, Nov. 29 at Red Arrow Park's Slice of Ice rink, 920 N. Water St. You may recall that unusually warm weather delayed the opening of the rink last year.
The rink didn't open until almost mid-December last year and it also opened more than a week into December in 2011.
"This is the earliest weâ€™ve opened since I can remember, and it looks like a great weekend to come out and embrace the start of winter," said County Executive Chris Abele, who will be on hand at 11 a.m. Friday to help kick off the season at the refrigerated rink.
On opening day you can get free skate rentals and free soda from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Otherwise, during the season, which typically ends around February or March â€“ again, it's weather-dependent â€“ skates can be rented for $7 per pair for ages 17 and under, and $8 per pair for adults. Residents and visitors with their own skates can skate for free.
Unlike me, Abele seems excited about this unseasonably cold weather we're experiencing.
"Itâ€™s great to see that Red Arrow Park will be open for families to enjoy throughout the Holiday Season," he said.
But maybe my lack of excitement is just because I'm not much of a skater â€“ even after taking lessons. I must be seriously balance-challenged. But I love watching the skaters while I sit inside the warming house, preferably near the fireplace, with a hot latte.
The rink is open Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. through Dec. 21.
Sunday, Dec. 22-Tuesday, Dec. 24, the hours are 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2-11 p.m.; Thursday, Dec. 26-Monday, Dec. 30, 10 a.m.-midnight; and Tuesday, Dec. 31, 10 a.m.-1 a.m.
Hours for later in the season haven't been announced yet. You can get those by calling (414) 289-8791 or visiting countyparks.com.
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