Problems leave village ice rink’s future in doubt


A SIGN LETS would-be ice skaters know that the snow-covered rink in Stoney Creek Park is not available for use. Due to unseasonably warm temperatures, Village of Fredonia officials were again stymied this winter in their attempt to provide a rink for local skaters. Photo by Sam Arendt
By 
DAN BENSON
Ozaukee Press staff

A second winter in a row has Fredonia village officials wondering whether having an ice rink is worth the trouble.

The weather recently got cold enough for the village ice rink in Stoney Brook Park to freeze.

But that, unfortunately, was after someone walked across the rink while the ice was still thin and broke through, leaving footprints and jagged trip hazards, Public Works Director Roger Strohm recently told the Village Board.

In addition, someone threw the rink’s “Thin Ice” sign into the middle of the rink. That also froze into the ice, creating a hazard.

A brief warm-up and rain period “was enough to weaken the soil, then the water pressure in the rink was able to blow out one of the corners so now any water below the ice has drained out,” Strohm said.

“We took the precaution this year of adding extra bracing to the boards because we had a blow last year,” he said. “In a nut shell, I don’t think that we had any days this year that the ice rink was usable.”

Asked if the village will have an ice rink next winter, Strohm said, “I want to say yes at this point. Whether it will take the same form, I don’t know.”

Strohm said he thinks the rink gets less use than it did before it was moved last winter  to Stoney Creek Park. Before then, the rink was near the Post Office where Freedom Park is located.

“We used to have some kids there, I think, because it was closer to school,” he said.

 During the holidays it was “vastly used,” Strohm said.

Last year, a warming shelter was added to the Stoney Creek rink. “I think we’re committed to that park because of the warming shelter,” Strohm said.

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