DeKALB – Though this year’s winter has been noticeably warmer than this time in 2019, and absent a Polar Vortex means the ice at Hopkins Park skating rink is not thick enough to skate on.
The ice rink is closed until further notice due to the unseasonably warm conditions, according to a Facebook post from the DeKalb Park District.
The park district purchased an ice liner for this year’s winter skating season at Hopkins Park, which has been installed and filled in an attempt to better fortify the skating rink.
However, due to warmer-than-normal seasonal temperatures, skating hours for the rink have been limited, the post reads.
According to the post, the Department of Natural Resources suggests lakes have a least four inches of ice to safely walk on. The edges of the Hopkins Park skating rink are currently around two inches thick.
The weekend is expected to bring colder temperatures as a winter weather advisory goes into affect for DeKalb County beginning Friday afternoon into Saturday evening.
In response, district staff will be clearing snow so that the ice can thicken during the upcoming cold streak, the post reads.
If the rink is ready to be reopened, the district will notify the public accordingly.
Source: The Daily Chronicle