Written by MARK JAEGER
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 19:18
Village of Fredonia officials are hopeful that residents will get a chance to enjoy ice skating this winter on a new rink that has been set up in the green area near the Post Office gazebo.
Installation of the rink frame and liner was completed last week.
The rink is approximately 105-by-60-feet, using a prefabricated surface made by NiceRink, a Genoa City company.
The rink cost about $5,500, with $3,000 of that amount covered by a donation from Port Washington State Bank.
When it is cold enough to freeze, water for the ice rink will be pumped from a nearby fire hydrant.
Although a skating rink was included in the village’s Parks and Recreation Plan, officials were concerned that the low-lying area near the gazebo would be unsuitable for skating because surface water runoff contaminated by road salt tends to flow onto the area.
However, that problem was overcome when fill — including a large amount of soil donated from the Forest Haven senior project construction site — was used to level off the site.
Sand was also brought in to provide a foundation for the rink.
Temporary lighting is planned for the rink this season, with the possibility of adding permanent lights in the future, according to Public Works Director Roger Strohm.
Ultimately, Village President Chuck Lapicola said officials hope to add benches, lockers for boots, a warming shack and crushed-gravel trails around the property.
Lapicola said the skating rink will be flooded once a pattern of sustained cold weather settles in and when village crews aren’t too busy clearing snow from local roads.
“That is our intention but things have a way of coming up, especially in winter,” he said.
Lapicola said there has been great interest in having a local rink, especially after a village trustee noted he has to take his children to Grafton to skate.
“I probably won’t use the rink, but I know my wife can hardly wait to strap her skates on,” Lapicola said.
Image information: ONCE THE WEATHER cooperates, the Village of Fredonia will have an ice skating rink near the Post Office gazebo off Regal Drive. Photo by Mark Jaeger