Skating rink reborn at public landing

By Beth A. Birmingham | Jan 09, 2014
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham The oval at Harbor Park in Rockland is open to all for skating — that is, while the temperatures cooperate. Dagney Ernest of Thomaston, Leo Chase of Rockland, and Kim Lincoln of Hope take a break Thursday afternoon, Jan. 9 to try out their style.

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.

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Comments (5)
Posted by: Cynthia Mary Anderson | Jan 09, 2014 22:16

Very pleased with this idea.  My memories of ice skating on Steven's Pond are very precious to me.  I'd love for Rockland bring back the ice skating opportunities that we had as children. I'd love to see this really take off, and as one commenter said, "go to a local restaurant to warm up and eat up".  My sister and I skated to the opposite end of Steven's Pond where we warmed up in my Grandmother's kitchen with tea and toast.  And she rubbed our feet to get them warm.  Priceless.

Posted by: marybeth davis pride | Jan 09, 2014 18:45

What is the park redesign committee?

I hope the Warren Street Playground is at the top of their list.

Great to have ice skating!

Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Jan 09, 2014 14:54

A-1 idea. Betcha it will be packed when the word gets around.



Posted by: Wayne Keiderling | Jan 09, 2014 12:29

GREAT  for the community !!!!!!. and will help bring people into down town . I will surly use it, then go to a local restaurant to warm up and eat up . Thanks

Posted by: Bonnie Gamage | Jan 09, 2014 11:18

Looks like a nice place for families to be able to go ice skating and at no expense to them. Wonderful idea!

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