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!
Well there is one upside to the cold stretch that we’ve hit- THE RINK IS OPEN! Thanks to Mother Nature and the timely installation of the boards, liner, and water by the Lexington DPW, we have a nice ice surface for people to skate on! If you were given a new pair of skates for the holidays, now is the time to give them a try. Enjoy some time on the ice and walk across the street or downtown afterwards to warm up with some hot chocolate!
Lisa, Doug, and Charles
As always, donations keep the rink going. If you love the rink, please donate!
The winter has arrived and with it, the Fletcher Park Rink! The boards are up, the liner down, and the rink is flooded and chilling. It will take several days for the rink to freeze and for it to become safe to skate on. In the meantime, please don’t skate on the Fletcher Rink until we’ve confirmed that the rink is open. (Skaters who break through the ice will have cold wet feet, but are also likely to damage the very expensive liner causing it to leak.)
Here’s hoping for a nice cold stretch with very little snow! We’ll be sure to post an update when the rink is ready for skating!
Well the long wait is over. I know we’ve all gotten tired of the warm weather and the sun. Now the countdown begins to Fletcher Rink 2018. We’re planning to open the rink again this winter, targeting an opening in January once sustained cold weather has arrived.
There is a small group of volunteers that works with the Lexington DPW, the Lyons Club, and the Town of Lexington to provide the rink to the community. But beyond this partnership, the rink requires sustained funding to continue to operate. If you enjoy using the rink, enjoy seeing the rink adding ambiance to Lexington, or are just in a giving mood, please donate and support the rink.
You can donate using Paypal below:
Or if you would rather, please send a check to:
Lexington Lions Club
PO Box 71
Lexington, MA 02421
Donated funds are used to replace damaged brackets and boards, replace the liner as needed, and to add additional features (last year we grew the rink and added nice rubber mats to make accessing the rink easier). Thank you in advance!
We are closed for the winter. See you in 2018!
We’re thrilled to announce that the Fletcher Park rink is officially open and we’re looking forward to a great weekend of skating! There are still a few thin spots around the edges as of tonight, but we’re hoping with a hard freeze tonight we’ll get even better ice around the edges and with a freshly cleared and smoothed surface we expect a great weekend of skating!
This year, the rink is nearly 20% larger, the same size as 1/2 of a full size hockey rink. The quality of ice is excellent right now, and we plan improved maintenance to keep the rink surface as smooth as we can make it. Finally, the rink now has under ice lighting along the boards, making it possible to skate until the rink closes at 8PM.
If we do need to close the rink due to warm weather or maintenance, please respect the ‘closed’ signs. When we close the rink it is to protect the rink surface, and skaters on the rink when it is closed can do permanent damage to the ice or liner.
The rink owes its existence to the continued support and effort from the Lexington DPW, who have contributed greatly in making it possible. Thank you! In addition, we’d like to thank our private and corporate sponsors who provided financial support allowing us to get the rink started last year, and incorporate some wonderful improvements this year. We’d also like to thank the Lexington Lions Club for their continued support this year, without which the rink wouldn’t happen.
Happy New Year! We are looking forward to some great skating coming your way in 2017 … the lights are in and we’ve been able to resurface thanks to Lexington’s DPW, now we just need to get through the warm temperatures the next several days and hope to be open by next weekend, Friday (Jan 6th). Stay tuned!
We are accepting donations and volunteers throughout the season – just click on the tabs above to become a part of Fletcher Park Ice Rink!