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Warm winter likely to doom ice rink

By Stephen Betts | Jan 11, 2021
Photo by: Stephen Betts Rockland will likely not set up an ice rink at Harbor Park this winter because of the warm forecast. This photo is when the city set up the rink Dec. 23, 2019.

Rockland — For the second consecutive year, warmer than average winter temperatures have melted plans to have a public ice skating rink.

Rockland City Manager Tom Luttrell said Jan. 11 at the Rockland City Council meeting said the warm weather is not very promising for setting up the ice rink this year at Harbor Park.

"We're not totally giving up, but it's not very promising," he said.

The problem is that there are few days where the temperature remains below freezing, he said.

Last year, the city erected a rink at Harbor Park, but it was only up for a few weeks due to warm weather and someone cutting the liner by walking on it with their skates.

The city manager also notified the City Council that the skateboard park at Oceanside High School has been removed. He said an individual took some sections of the park and the rest were thrown in the landfill.

In October, the city manager informed councilors of plans to tear down the skateboard park because of its deteriorated condition.

"The skate park is in rough shape. We had a lot of issues up there lately with vandalism, kids having camp fires under the skate park itself. It's becoming an unsafe environment up there, unsafe for the skaters," Luttrell said in October.

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