No more skating at Fort Wayne ponds

File - Tom Koop, in a Detroit Redwings Jersey, teaches his step daughter to skate at Headwaters Park on December 27, 2014.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Due to safety concerns, the city has decided to no longer use Fort Wayne ponds for skating.

“We made the decision to keep the ponds closed after careful consideration, with the safety of our citizens in mind,” said Parks & Recreation Director Al Moll.

“There are many environmental factors that influence ice quality, including fluctuating temperatures, snow, rain, wind and water movement. We don’t have available staff or funding to monitor ice conditions at the level needed to ensure that no one will fall through. The other issue is that we have bank stabilization projects underway at Lakeside and Swinney that we don’t want compromised.”

Ponds at Swinney, Lakeside and Resorvoir will be permanently closed to skating. Moll said the Parks & Recreation Department had been contemplating the move for years. Moll said that while skaters had been coming to the pond for 50 years or so, demand has decreased.

Police are expected to be patrolling the ponds. If people are caught skating, the city could come up with stricter enforcements.

The rink at Headwaters Park is open seven days a week until March.

Regular Hours
Monday-Thursday 1-8 pm
Friday 12-10 pm
Saturday 11 am-10 pm
Sunday 12-8 pm

Extended Holiday Hours

December 19 – January 10
Monday-Friday 12-10 pm
Saturday  10 am-10 pm
Sunday 11 am-10 pm

Closes at 6 pm on Christmas Eve

Age 13 and under $3
Age 14 and over $5
Skate Rental $2
Spectators & Parking  FREE

Kids Skate FREE Days
Kids age 13 and under skate FREE every Wednesday. Skate rental $2.

The Headwaters Park Ice Rink also offers concessions, skate sharpening services, and private ice rentals (during non-public skating hours).

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