NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – After plodding through the first true, frigid cold spell of the winter, New Rochelle residents are starting to see some benefits of Mother Nature’s wrath: several city ponds are now open for some classic outdoor ice skating.
Courtesy of the persistent below-freezing temperatures that have plagued the East Coast in the new year, three New Rochelle lakes and ponds are helping turn the city into a winter wonderland.
Beginning Thursday, Paine Lake, South Lake at Huguenot Park and Carpenter’s Pond have reached the pre-requisite 4-inch minimum ice depth required for skating and will be open for business.
White signs with red lettering currently are being installed at skating locations, which will be roped off and barricaded. The lakes and ponds will stay open until it becomes unsafe for participants.
City officials warn that skating is only permitted where specifically designated.
According to New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson, Beechmont Lake is being monitored daily by Parks and Recreation crews to determine when it is safe for skating, and Glenwood Lake still has a fountain operating. Signs will be posted if the status quo changes.
“I’m not much of a skater myself. My sole experience on the ice back in college was a bust. I took a tumble and someone skated across my hand,” Bramson said. “Still, seeing folks enjoy our lakes in the winter is a special sight that even uncoordinated people like me can appreciate as spectators.”
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