Westminster considers building permanent outdoor ice rink


Public skating in Westminster has been put on ice for the winter. After seeing five years of slush and puddles, Ronald J. Schroers, the city's recreation director, decided to stop using the portable ice rink acquired by the city in 1995. The rink, set up for two months each winter in Dutterer Family Park, did not have a refrigeration unit and was dependent on the weather.

Warm, sunny winter days made for too many days of bad ice skating.

"People were wanting to skate and they couldn't," said Schroers, who added that the rink was open only between seven and 20 days each winter. 'It was time to get real or get out of it."

Schroers said he would like to install a rink similar to Baltimore's Inner Harbor Ice Rink at Rash Field- an outdoor rink with a portable refrigerator. That would cost about $350.000.

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