With the latest round of subzero temperatures in Minnesota — along with New Year’s promise of at least a few more long months of winter weather — there is at least one piece of good news. Some ice skating rinks in Minneapolis are set to open this week.
After a mild December, the recent cold weather has allowed the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board crews to open ice rinks beginning Wednesday.
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board says there’s just one thing keeping them from opening ice rinks in the city — the weather. City officials say park crews require temperatures at 20 degrees or below non-stop for 10-straight days in order to make ice to open their 47 rinks.
When Bantam hockey players step onto the rink at Plymouth Ice Center for a weekend regional tournament, the surface they’ll skate on is very real. The ice is silky smooth as slippery to boot. It’s in the compressor room at the center where the R-22 refrigerant makes its magic.
The cold is keeping people away from what makes winter in Minnesota wonderful. Outdoor ice rinks are free for people to use, but below-zero wind chills are keeping them away. For businesses that count on snow to turn a profit, the string of days below zero has impacted the bottom line.
City officials said Monday that all ice rinks in Minneapolis are back open. That means kids can get back on the ice for skating and hockey as long as they can handle the cold weather.
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) has temporarily closed all of its outdoor ice rinks due to uncooperative weather conditions.
Minneapolis Parks and Recreation crews will begin opening rinks Wednesday.
The state of Minnesota enjoys unlimited opportunities for ice skating. There is a respectable balance of places to go for tuning those skating skills and the Land of 10,000 Lakes has everything going for it in the ice department.
It was a beautiful day to spend some time outside on the ice. Unfortunately, we’ll have fewer places to do that.
Several cities across the state are playing it safe this unusually warm winter and keeping people off the ice.