Like putting icing on the cake

City gives ice rink a final shot of water, may open skating venue this week

THE SHEET OF ICE on Port Washington’s ice rink in Veterans Memorial Park may look solid, but officials said it wasn’t expected to open for skaters until later this week to ensure it is frozen through. The city’s parks department sprayed another coat of water on the ice this week to help provide a smooth surface for skaters. Photos by Sam Arendt
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KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM
Ozaukee Press staff

The “closed” signs are likely to be removed from the Port Washington ice skating rink in Veterans Memorial Park this week, Recreation Director Kiley Scherer said Tuesday.

Crews flooded the rink last week, just before cold air hit the area, and skaters checked out the surface over the weekend only to be deterred by the signs.

While the rink looked frozen, Scherer said, it takes longer than people realize for it to freeze all the way through so skaters can use it.

“The first freeze is the longest one,” she said. “When we first fill it, it takes a while for it to completely freeze.”

Monday’s frigid temperatures likely ensured the ice was frozen through — and kept any potential skaters away — Scherer said.

Once the rink is frozen, she added, crews will smooth the ice to provide a good surface for skaters before opening the facility.

The crews, Scherer said, take pride in the rink and want to ensure it’s a pleasant place for skaters.

“We’re almost there,” she said. “It’s been really cold, so I think it should be open pretty soon.

“We’re excited to get it going.”

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