Lakeside Park ice rink open for free skating

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The portable ice rink at Lakeside Park is frozen, and as a result, is open for free skating.

The portable ice rink at Lakeside Park opened Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016.
The portable ice rink at Lakeside Park opened Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016.

In November, the city announced it would install a portable rink on the basketball court of the park, as a safer option for ice skaters than the pond, which will no longer be open for ice skating.

The rink’s boards and a liner were installed, and the city waited for temperatures to fall below freezing to pour 4-6 inches of water inside.

That happened this week.

Skating at the Lakeside Park rink is open to the public at no cost.

The city’s Parks and Recreation Department issued the following safety tips for Lakeside Park skaters:

  • Use the ice rink at your own risk. Users assume full responsibility for determining if conditions are safe for skating.
  • No supervision is provided. Parents are responsible for children.
  • Do not intentionally dig holes in the ice.
  • Play SAFE on the ice. No chain skating, pushing, racing, reckless skating or skating in a manner that may jeopardize the safety of yourself or others.
  • Use caution when skating and be considerate and respectful of others.
  • Skaters must all skate in the same direction as the flow of traffic.
  • Do not use foul or inappropriate language.
  • Clean up the messes that you make.
  • No sitting or leaning on the rink perimeter.
  • No Ice fishing allowed.
  • Have fun!
  • Please report vandalism or maintenance concerns to the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department 260-427-6400.

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