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Greenfield’s outdoor  ice skating rink up

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David Boles skates behind Andrey and Enella Agapov as they put on their skates in this file photo taken at Beacon Field in Greenfield last winter. Peter MacDonald

David Boles skates behind Andrey and Enella Agapov as they put on their skates in this file photo taken at Beacon Field in Greenfield last winter. Peter MacDonald

GREENFIELD — It won’t be long before snow falls and the ground freezes, and the town is preparing for all the winter fun that comes with the season.

The Recreation Department has erected the town’s outdoor ice skating rink on Beacon Field and all it needs at this point is ice.

Christy Moore said people should stay off the ice rink until it is frozen and the “stay off” signs have been taken down.

Last year, the ice rink was taken down early because of the mild temperatures. Skaters were only able to use it for about a month.

Moore said she hopes the ice rink stays up longer this year.

The ice rink, which measures 88 by 164 feet, will contain 80,000 gallons of water when it’s full.

The town expanded the ice rink last year to almost three times the size it was the first year it was erected.

The town’s public works department spent $7,000 last winter to purchase a larger liner for the ice rink, which cost the Recreation Department $3,500 a couple of years ago.

There was a time when skaters went to Highland Pond to skate, but the town hasn’t used that as a skating rink for many years.

Department of Public Works Director Sandra Shields has said it was too expensive to dredge the pond each year, as well as maintain it. She said liability was also an issue.

Shields said the Beacon Field ice rink is “so much better, because the water is only about 6 inches deep at the deepest end, so no one is going to drown there.”

The ice rink, located in the heart of the community, is free and open to the public. It will also be used during different events, including the town’s Winter Carnival.

You can reach Anita Fritz at:
afritz@recorder.com
or 413-772-0261, ext. 280.

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