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Let The Ice Skating Begin

Parks department employees Matt and Adam spent Monday flooding the City’s 3 ice rinks. Here they flood the most central of the parks at F&M park on Washington and Railroad. The other ice rinks are along 14th St. next to Thirlby Field and at Traverse Heights elementary school. The school site has a bonus: a warming hut!

They had planned to flood the rinks earlier in December and they were thwarted by the big melt.

A map of City parks can be downloaded here with descriptions here.

Do you strap on the skates and use Traverse City’s public ice? What’s your experience?


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  1. tschmidt
    January 12, 2011 at 9:25 am

    a warming hut would be so nice at f&m but we love our neighborhood rink and are grateful for the city for making/maintaining them. coming from a small manitoban town which boasted at least 6 outdoor rinks this makes me very happy…

  2. January 12, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Actually, there was talk of the warming hut idea when I was talking to Matt and Adam. It’d be good to have some idea of how many people use the hut over at Traverse Heights. I wouldn’t think moving it would be something to pursue, but perhaps building a new one.

    Interesting side-note about the F & M rink. To my understanding, it was originally funded by the neighborhood for a scheduled period of time. When that money ran out, it was difficult for the City not to continue it’s annual creation because it was so popular. If anyone knows the full history It would be instructive to read.

  3. kwhite
    January 12, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    The family would love to but we don’t have skates. Does anyone know of a place that rents THEM? Haven’t actually called around…

  4. Julie Clark
    January 12, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    The family is totally excited to skate at Thrilby. I’m hoping it’s my new exercise now that I’m not out running as much. Thanks, City and Park and Rec. Providing these types of opportunities are what makes this community such a great place. We encourage getting out and embracing our winter weather.

  5. January 12, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    I don’t know about renting skates, but it reminds me of the concept of P2P borrowing of things like skates. Seems like the perfect item for people to share. There is this Neigh*borrow website, but not sure how effective it is now that we have portals like Facebook.


  6. January 12, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    It’s a strange day when you have to go to a blog to see what’s happening in your front yard!!

    We should have a skating party at F&M sometime soon.

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