A brief update. January has come, but the cold New England winter has not yet arrived. We’re waiting out the warm temperatures and will begin making ice as soon as we have a good cold stretch. We’ll keep you posted as we progress and get the rink open for the season.
We had a great season last winter and are looking forward to another great winter season. We’ll continue to post updates here when we have news!
We have the rink closed for the time being due to rain and warm weather. Looks like the cold returns later this week, so hopefully we’ll get it back open before the weekend!
We have the rink closed right now due to the warm stretch. Once the surface refreezes we will reopen the rink!
When the surface is soft, skating can damage the ice (making it very very difficult to repair) or the liner (making it leak). Please stay off the ice when it is soft or closed.
Whew! The Fletcher Rink feels pretty large when you’re out there getting more than a foot of snow off of it! The good news, most of the snow is gone and the ice underneath is in good shape. Please feel free to brave the cold weather and skate!
Two requests as you head to the rink today:
- Please watch where you’re skating!
This is outdoor ice and there are rough patches here and there. Keep your eyes on the ice and be prepared. We’ve worked hard to make a great ice surface this year, but as always heads up and be careful out there!
- Please grab a shovel and pitch in!
We spent the morning with shovels and snowblowers clearing the surface, but there is still snow on the surface in spots, and caked on in a few spots. The Fletcher Rink is a volunteer run rink, we rely on community support to keep the rink going every year. If you love the rink, grab a shovel and spend just five to ten minutes shoveling a small area. If everyone who skates this today would spend those ten minutes, the ice surface would be pristine tomorrow morning!
It is cold, but that came in handy as the Lexington DPW put a fresh set of water down yesterday afternoon. The result is wonderful, smooth ice this morning! Even though it is chilly, it is a perfect time to get a little outdoor skating in before heading into warm up over some hot chocolate. Get out there!
And just like that, we’ve closed the rink again for maintenance. The earlier combo of snow and ice left the surface choppy in spots, so we’re taking the opportunity afforded by the cold weather to put down some fresh ice. The rink has been flooded and will freeze relatively quickly. We’ll update you when the rink is frozen and operational!