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Upcoming cold spell good for ice rink

Dixon park district executive director Duane Long (left) watches as contractor Dane Watson floods the ice rink liner Dec. 17 at Page Park in Dixon. It hasn’t been cold enough in recent weeks to keep the rink frozen for long, but that’s about to change.
Dixon park district executive director Duane Long (left) watches as contractor Dane Watson floods the ice rink liner Dec. 17 at Page Park in Dixon. It hasn’t been cold enough in recent weeks to keep the rink frozen for long, but that’s about to change.

DIXON – Cold weather on the horizon is good news for those eager to try out the new ice rink in Page Park.

With a relatively mild winter so far, there hasn’t been much opportunity for community members to lace up their skates and glide around the 60-by-100-foot ice rink set up at the basketball courts.

That will change as freezing temperatures are slated to move in this week with bitter cold setting in next week, reaching single digits Saturday night, according to the National Weather Service.

Temperatures will hover in the teens during the day Sunday through Tuesday, with lows in the single digits. Things will warm up slightly the rest of next week, with highs in the 20s and possibly reaching 30 degrees Jan. 24.

The Park District bought the ice rink kit from EZ Ice for about $6,000 last year and also built a $12,000 warming shed with the goal of bringing ice skating back to Dixon.

Skate can be rented for $3 an hour, but they will be available only when the shed is staffed. Once frozen, regular hours will be from sunrise to 10 p.m. Lights and security cameras were also installed, along with hockey nets.

Other features include outdoor music and hot chocolate. Special events such as family skate nights and ice hockey are in the works.

Staffing times, events and other information will be posted on the district’s Facebook page.

The news might be especially good for Sterling-area skaters and hockey players, who are being warned by the park district there to keep off the ice at Thomas Park.

Since the pond was dredged in 2015, it’s deeper than people realize, and the ice does not freeze thick enough to be safe, Sterling Park District Executive Director Larry Schuldt said recently.

Signs at the park note that the pond is unsafe for skating, ice fishing and the like, but district officials fear people are ignoring the warning.

MORE INFO

Call 815-284-3306, go to dixonparkdistrict.com or find the Dixon Park District on Facebook for ice skating updates, more information or volunteer opportunities.

THE FORECAST

Today: Freezing drizzle in the morning; cloudy and breezy in the afternoon, turning cold at night. High: 38. Low: 9

Thursday: Sunny and cold. High: 22. Low: 13

Friday: Scattered snow and sleet throughout the day. High: 29. Low: 26.

Saturday: Scattered flurries. High: 35. Low: 1

Sunday through Tuesday: Sunny and cold. Highs ranging from 11 to 17, lows ranging from 5 below to 1.

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