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Beacon Field ice rink ready for skaters

GREENFIELD — The town’s outdoor ice skating rink is ready for skaters.

The Greenfield Recreation Department asks skaters to stay off if it is covered by an inch or more of snow.

Christy Moore, director of the department, said the ice could be damaged if skaters try to use a snow-covered rink.

The town expanded the ice rink last January to almost three times its original size.

The town purchased a $3,500 kit two years ago so that recreation and public works workers could build an ice rink each year in the popular town park.

The rink is open to the public as long as the weather is cold enough to keep it frozen and the ice is in good condition.

The Recreation Department uses the rink during the town’s Winter Carnival (Feb. 1 through 3 this year) each year.

Moore has said in the past that the town has received a lot of positive feedback and enthusiasm about the outdoor ice rink.

At one time, ice skaters would go to Highland Pond to skate, but the town hasn’t used that as an ice skating rink for many years.

Town officials have said it was too expensive to maintain the pond each year and there was an issue of liability. They have touted that the new ice rink is located in the heart of the community, making it available to more people.

The ice rink is free and open to the public until the town can’t maintain the ice any longer.

For more information, visit the Recreation Department at: www.townofgreenfield.org or on Facebook.

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