Reading Skating Rinks Set for Free Skating this Winter
The Reading Recreation Division is pleased to announce that the Skating Rinks at Sturges Park, Memorial Park and Castine Field have all been set up for winter skating. Now we are just waiting on the cold weather. Starting as early December 19th, Castine Field and Sturges Park rinks will be open to the public and will be illuminated from 4:30 PM – 10:00 PM each night until the end of the winter. So grab your skates, your warmest clothes and come on down. Parents should accompany younger children to the rinks. Everyone should use the buddy system!
Finally we would like to remind you to always be cautious when ice-skating. Here are a few tips:
- Always remember that ice-covered water is never completely safe.
- Always go out with friends and let others know when you will be on the ice and when you will return. If possible, take with you a cell phone wrapped in a plastic bag.
- Understand wind chill factors are relative temperature guides. Although a thermometer may read 40 degrees, a wind speed of 20 miles per hour can cause a body to lose heat as if the temperature were actually 18 degrees.
- Carry a whistle or other noisemaker to alert people if you are in distress.
- Dress in layers and add extra clothing for the head, neck, sides, and groin, which are the primary heat-loss areas. Wool and modern synthetics are recommended as good fabric choices for clothing; cotton when wet is slow to dry.
We would like to wish you happy and safe skating season from the Department of Public Works and Recreation Division!