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Warm winter melts plans for Rockland skating rink

By Stephen Betts | Feb 10, 2020
Photo by: Stephen Betts This photograph from Dec. 23 shows the planned skating rink being filled with water.

Rockland — Rockland's plans for a skating rink at Harbor Park has been dealt a blow because of the warm weather.

City Manager Tom Luttrell said that the liner has been torn due to lack of freezing, and someone apparently had stepped on the liner in several places with skates. The liner will no longer hold water and will be taken down, he said.

The 104-foot-by-60-foot rink was filled with water Dec. 23 with hopes of having the facility available for people all winter.

Daytime temperatures, however, have been largely been above the freezing mark.

A new liner would cost $750.

The city manager pointed out, however, that the Rockland FrostFest will still be held Saturday, Feb. 15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Harbor Park.

Free Festival events include a Mardi Gras parade, horse-drawn carriage rides, winter sport demonstrations, raffle drawings, outdoor games, and more. There will be a hot cocoa bar and roaring fire pits, music, and local food.

Visit for more information on the FrostFest. The sponsors are the Maine Lobster Festival, Camden National Bank, Brooks Trap Mill, and First National Bank.

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