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UPDATE: Two ice skating rinks to open Friday in Eau Claire

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - UPDATE: The Eau Claire Parks & Rec Department has announced that two of the six outdoor skating rinks will open for the season on Friday, December 13.

Parks & Rec says due to the cold temperatures and the work of the Parks & Rec crew, Boyd and Pinehurst will be opening early.

The schedule is as follows for the next two weeks:

Boyd

Opens December 13

Closed Sunday, December 15

Closed December 24-25

December 13-December 23

M-F 4pm-9pm

Sat/Sun 1pm-9pm

 

Pinehurst 

Opens December 13

Closed Sunday, December 15

Closed December 24-25

December 13-December 23

M-F 4pm-9pm

Sat/Sun 1pm-6pm

 

All 6 Rinks (Boyd, Pinehurst, Putnam Heights, Roosevelt, Sam Davey and Demmler) will open on Thursday, December 26th for the season (weather permitting). The schedule is as follows:

 

Boyd

December 26-January 1

1pm-9pm

January 2-End of Season

M-F 4pm-9pm

Sat/Sun 1pm-9pm

 

Putnam Heights

December 26-January 1

1pm-7pm

January 2- End of Season

M-F 4pm-9pm

Sat/Sun 1pm-6pm

 

Roosevelt

December 26-January 1

1pm-7pm

January 2- End of Season

Mon/Wed 4pm-9pm

Tues/Thurs 4pm-8pm

Friday 4pm-10:15pm

Saturday 1pm-10:15pm

Sunday 1pm-8pm

 

Pinehurst

December 26-January 1

1pm-7pm

January 2- End of Season

M-F 4pm-9pm

Sat/Sun 1pm-6pm

 

Sam Davey

December 26-January 1

1pm-7pm

January 2- End of Season

M-F 4pm-9pm

Sat/Sun 1pm-6pm

 

Demmler

December 26-January 1

1pm-7pm

January 2- End of Season

M-F 4pm-9pm Sat/Sun 1pm-6pm

From Parks & Rec: We welcome skaters outside of the posted hours. Please be courteous and only use the ice if frozen solid. During winter storms, large amounts of snow and rain may accumulate. Please keep off the rinks when these conditions develop. The rain and snow mixture will freeze solid over the next day or so. Once frozen, our Parks and Forestry Crew will flood the rink, on top of the frozen Rain-Snow mix, to provide a smooth surface for skating.

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - Consecutive days of below zero temperatures may not be everyone's cup of tea, or hot chocolate for those of us with a sweet tooth. But the weather we've had the last few days is perfect for skaters who hope to head out onto the ice.

"As of right now, we're about two weeks ahead of schedule," said Chad Duerkop, Eau Claire Parks and Recreation Program Supervisor.

Pinehurst Park is one of six skating options the City of Eau Claire says will be ready for use soon.

"The set time for all six rinks to be open is December 26th, obviously weather dependent," Duerkop added.

While the water freezes and steam rises on the rinks, off the ice there's a race to get help for the warming houses.

"They're not really planning on working until December 26th. But we're going to talk to these people, and find out who can be working in the next couple weeks. And then I'll be able to get a really good plan of what locations I can open early," explained Duerkop.

Much of the water that went down Wednesday froze in just four minutes, but officials say the story of the surface isn't set in stone.

"Warmer days, if you get out there and the ice is really soft, watch out for bare spots. It just depends on the weather," Duerkop said.

Skaters are allowed to be out on the ice already, but the city of Eau Claire doesn't officially consider the rinks "open" until the warming houses are staffed.

"We do plan on opening some sites as soon as possible," said Duerkop.

The city will have six total rinks staffed this year, up from four last year. That's thanks to a $7,000 donation from the L.E. Phillips Family Foundation. When the city gives us the opening dates, we'll post them on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

 

Boyd

 

Pinehurst

 

Boyd

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