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The geese would love to watch us fall on our butts. Wouldn't they?
The geese would love to watch us fall on our butts. Wouldn't they?

Why can't we skate on the lagoon?

I paddle boated a couple of times on the McKinley Marina lagoon in the summertime, but today I wondered why I can’t skate on it in winter. Any idea?

There are multiple "danger thin ice" signs around the small body of water, but during the dead of winter, certainly it freezes enough to be a safe skating spot, doesn’t it?

I love skating at Red Arrow Park, but for me, the closer I am to the lake the happier I am, in both winter and summer.

So how about letting us lace up and figure eight it on the lagoon? Yes? No? Maybe?

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K9vin | March 15, 2011 at 1:05 p.m. (report)

35913 I think the lagoon is aerated. If so then the ice is thinner and can have especially thin ice near where the air is put into the water making it unsafe for skating on.

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CarolV | March 15, 2011 at 10:07 a.m. (report)

I'm actually trying to work on getting the Humboldt Park lagoon skateable again as it was in my youth. There was a warming house and concessions as well as skate rental. For that location, there's staffing, maintenance and equipment shortages right now for weekend use but, it might still be possible for 2012. The Lagoon at Humboldt Park is very nice and further away from Red Arrow in a residential area so I'd think that would fly for Bay View usage.

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robynsq82 | March 14, 2011 at 6:17 p.m. (report)

I frequently run in Veterans park and this winter I saw a few dads and their kids playing hockey on the pond. Ive also seen numerous people cross country skiing along the edge of the pond. So while we technically are not allowed to go on the pond, a few people are anyway.

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TheyThink | March 14, 2011 at 5:17 p.m. (report)

A lawsuit waiting to happen...

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shorewood | March 14, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. (report)

Yikes! I would be afraid to skate on that ice...those "Danger! Thin Ice" signs are forever ingrained in my brain! How deep does the lagoon get? Does anyone know?

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