Bozeman News

Dec 20, 2010 6:42 PM by Jessica Hoppe

Bozeman outdoor ice rinks set to open

Bozeman city workers are spending many hours trying to get the outdoor ice rinks ready to open for the public. It's a lengthy process, dependent on weather and doesn't happen overnight.

"It's not like filling an ice tray, it takes many, many layers to get it smooth," Thom White, Superintendent of Parks and Recreation, said. He said he's been receiving calls since October asking when the rinks will be ready.

Thom said first they needed a good snow base to build upon. Now it just comes down to adding all those layers. Some of the unfenced rinks have already seen skaters, and Thom said it shouldn't do any damage, however he had some advice to offer.

"I just caution the public to realize it is much like skiing right now. Early season conditions exist."

The outdoor ice rinks in Bozeman date as far back as the 1940s. Currently, the city operates four rinks around town; Bogart, Beal and two at Southside Park. Many of them are complete with warming huts, lights and restrooms.

Thom said the rinks are a part of Bozeman and went on to say, "it's one of those unique services we provide that really truly sets us apart from other communities."

The city says they hope to have their rinks open by this weekend. You can check current rink conditions on their website.

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