Wilmette's outdoor rink is not closed in on the sides, and workers planned to use a newly installed water outlet to flood a patch of soil, rather than an enclosed barrier. The only problem is, Wilson said, the ground has to be properly frozen first.
"We're just waiting for school to get out," one employee said.
In years past, Wilmette installed liners on the ground between full boards encircling the skating surface, Wilson said. That allows for an earlier freeze to the surface. The practice was abandoned because of cost, he said.
a 6 inch frost. Currently, the ground underneath the Thornwood Park rink is only a 3 inch frost, Wilson said.
While temperatures in the area have gotten cold this winter, they haven't been consistently cold enough yet, he said. The ground needs Football Cleats Lineman
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Winnetka Park District uses liners underneath its "Pond on the Green" outdoor rink, just south of its Ice Arena, 490 Hibbard Road. On Jan. 20 around noon, Park District employees were preparing the 75 by 105 foot rink for what was expected to be an afternoon rush of pick up hockey excitement. It is the first time this winter it has been open.
"Otherwise you'll just melt it all out and it'll just go right down into the ground," he said.
"Unfortunately we're completely at Mother Nature's whim here," Wilson said.
roller coaster made it difficult to predict when there would be ice at the rink.
Tempreatures rose to the 40s by Sunday, then were expected to plunge below freezing before escalating to the 40s again by the end this week. The Football Boots Pro Direct
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When the temperature increases enough, the ice can melt enough that skates cut through the surface and piece the liners. And they're not cheap, Wilson said. He estimated it would cost the district a couple thousand dollars to replace each Soccer Shoes Size 5
Wilmette Park District commissioners voted last fall to close an outdoor recreational skating rink at West Park in order to install a rink at Thornwood Park, 2400 Thornwood Ave., to accommodate pick up "pond hockey" games. A group of neighbors opposed the decision because of the lights, the possible noise and the hours of operation.
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