Skating rink reborn at public landing
Rockland — The oval at Harbor Park in Rockland is ready to accommodate skating — while the temperatures cooperate.
Basically, it is a "get it while the gettin' is good" situation, according to Harbormaster Ed Glaser.
"Most of it happened naturally," said Glaser, who admits to having "helped it along a bit."
A web cam post of the iced-over oval surfaced on Facebook Jan. 8, with numerous comments from community members who remembered skating there as a youngster.
"I remember this well. My dad — then Rec Director Vince Carr — got approval to have a skating rink down at Harbor Park for that winter," commented son Bill Carr Sr.
"I was there as the Rockland Fire Department came and filled it in with water from their trucks one evening after being built up all the way around it," said Carr.
The temperature is predicted to warm above freezing by Saturday, so Glaser recommends people take advantage of it while they can.
He said there were a dozen or so skaters the afternoon and evening of Jan. 8.
"There are street lights all the way around," said Glaser. "It's not brightly lit, but it's lit."
"If we get enough people coming out, we can show that there is interest," said Glaser, who said the conversation has been ongoing with the Park Redesign Committee.
"Let's see what happens," said Glaser.
Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at email@example.com.
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.
Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and Thomaston and RSU40.
Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.
Aside from photography, Beth enjoys working out, ocean therapy sessions and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 16.