By ERIC SCHAADT
McCOMB — While many have dreaded recent frigid temperatures, the cold was welcome news Monday for ice skaters itching to try out a new ice rink at McComb’s village park.
Thanks to donors, an 84-foot by 92-foot rink kit was placed over the infield of ball diamond 3 at the park. The rink cost $6,200.
Skating, according to Village Administrator Kevin Siferd, will be permitted as the temperature permits.
Thanks to Mother Nature, freezing temperatures permitted the ice rink to be open to the public for the first time Monday, according to village officials.
“It’s completely frozen now,” Village Administrator Kevin Siferd said.
Lights recently installed at the ball diamond will allow for night skating at designated hours.
These lights will be on for skaters from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Village Council also may designate times for hockey games.
Signs will be added to indicate when the rink is closed due to warmer weather.
The ice rink kit came with an ice resurfacer, which is a garden hose-type device that can spray down a thin layer of water over the ice rink to smooth the surface.
Also, tarps have been attached to the baseball dugouts to provide skaters with some shelter from the cold. Bleachers are available for those wanting to sit and watch the skaters.
According to village officials, some residents have been contacting the village office, awaiting the opening of this rink.
“I’ve gotten nothing but positive comments,” Siferd said. “People think it’s a good idea.”
The rink is believed to be the only outdoor ice rink in Hancock County, according to McComb officials.
Siferd stressed that skaters need to “respect” the rink and not damage it.
The Northwest Hancock Fire District and the Northwestern Water and Sewer District in Bowling Green were credited with pouring 27,000 gallons of water into the rink.
Those with questions about the rink can contact the municipal building at 419-293-3521.
This is a corrected version of this story.
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