Coming Soon – Fletcher Rink 2016/2017

After a wonderful summer off, we’re pleased to announce that the Fletcher rink will be returning to Lexington this winter.

We’ve incorporated the feedback we received from our fellow Lexingtonians and have made a few updates for 2017.

  1. The ice surface will be 20% larger.
    We’re increasing the size of the rink surface itself to better accommodate skaters. The rink this year will be 100′ by 85′, making it exactly half the size of a standard hockey rink.
  2. More frequent resurfacing
    Last winter, the ice surface itself was pretty variable. This was mostly driven by the unusually temperate winter, but infrequent resurfacing didn’t help. This year, we’re planning on resurfacing more frequently to improve the quality of the ice surface itself.
  3. Improved rink access
    One of the challenges of an outdoor rink is how to get from the benches where you put on your skates to the ice itself. This year we will have benches located near the municipal lot at the rear of the rink (as we did last year), but we’re also planning rubber walking mats as well as a lower board height entry area.
  4. Hours extended until 8pm
    We’re planning to provide the option to skate even later in the day, extending rink hours to 8pm. We’re adding rink level lighting that will provide enough light to enjoy evening skating.

As always, a special thank you to the Lions Club in Lexington for their support, the Town of Lexington for its support, and the numerous individuals who have made financial or time contributions to making the Fletcher Rink a success.

If you’d like to get involved or show your support please help us out (we’re a volunteer run organization). You can help in two ways:

  1. Donate
    Donations are used to replace the liner as needed, offset costs associated with filling and maintaining the rink, and for planned improvements to the Fletcher Rink. Click the below button to donate using PayPal.

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  2. Volunteer
    We very much need the help of volunteers to keep the rink surface clear of snow. Please volunteer to help out, no experience needed, just the desire to help and the willingness to enjoy a winter night outside warmed by the community of other volunteers.I Want to Volunteer!

Closed for the Season

We’ve closed the rink for the season. It’s been a wonderful first year of outdoor skating. The weather made this year a challenge with long warm stretches followed by cold snaps. But we managed to get some good ice time in and will look forward to another great winter next year!

Rink is Open – Get Skating!

We finished flooding the rink again yesterday morning. The rink is open once again, just in time for the cold weekend. Lace up your skates and hit the ice!

 

You can see the difference that fresh water and cold weather makes in the before and after pictures above!

Reflood Underway (Please Stay Off Ice)

Get ready for some fresh ice. With the help of the Lexington DPW (thank you!!!) the rink is getting a fresh coat of ice this morning. We’re hoping that in conjunction with a few cold nights, a layer of fresh ice will extend the life of the rink a little bit this winter. We’d like to keep people off the rink while the water firms up this afternoon- our plan is re-open it tomorrow AM first thing!

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Rink is Open!

Hi All. Well it has been a rough winter for ice skating so far with lots of warm temperatures mixed with snow here and there. We’ve had enough of a cold stretch to harden the ice, so we’re re-opening the rink today.

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Freshly shoveled and in need of some skaters to make it look picturesque!

The ice conditions are a little bumpy, something we’re planning to address later this week with some fresh water to smooth things out. We’ll post an update once we’ve gotten that done.

If you do skate, please don’t hesitate to grab a shovel and clear the ice if you find snow on it. In addition, please do your best to avoid the liner on the North Side (the ice is very thin at that end until we flood)- cuts in the liner will make it harder to re-use next year!

 

Rink Closed Until Further Notice (Weather)

We’re hitting a very unusual January warm stretch with highs each day in the 40-50 degree range.

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With temperatures this high, the rink will be slushy and soft and skating will both be difficult and potentially damaging to the surface. We’re keeping the rink closed until we get some cold weather to firm up the surface and make it great for skating again!

We’ll continue to post updates here- when we get a cold enough stretch we’ll get the rink open again!