By Don Nelson
After being closed last summer due to COVID restrictions, the Winthrop Ice Rink will open for a limited summer time from May 3 through July 5.
Rink general manager Steve Bondi said the rink will be closed after the weekend of July 4 for a scorecard replacement project.
Pickleball, rollerblading / rollerblading and rollerblading / inline hockey are scheduled activities at the outdoor rink.
The scheduled times are:
â¢ Pickleball, 5 pm-8pm Monday and Thursday in May, 6 pm-9pm in June; 10 am-1pm Wednesday and Saturday in May, 9:10 am in June.
â¢ Roller / in-line skating, 2 pm to 5 pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; 5 pm-8pm Friday and Saturday.
â¢ Rollerblading / in-line hockey, 6 pm-8pm Wednesday in June, 7 pm-9am Wednesday in June.
The price for walk-in pickleball is $ 4 per person per session. A 20 punch card for $ 70 is also offered; a 10-ounce card for $ 36; or a five-punch card for $ 20. No season pass is available. The rink has six pickleball courts on its concrete slab, with portable nets. Beginners can use the paddles provided for free.
Participants must be at least 10 years old. All skill levels are welcome. Try out pickleball for free on May 3 and June 7.
Pickleball Club matches will also take place at the tennis courts in the town of Winthrop on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday mornings.
The prices for roller / in-line skating are $ 4 for youth and seniors and $ 6 for adults. Skate rental is available for $ 2. The prices are the same for inline roller / hockey. Children 5 and under can skate for free.
Helmets and elbow / knee / wrist pads are available and free. Children under 10 need an adult accompaniment.
Teen skating nights take place on May 15 and June 19, when teens can skate for half the price. On May 28 and June 25, children 12 and under can skate for free.
The rink will provide pucks and nets for free hockey. Inline skates are available for hire; helmets and elbow / knee / wrist pads are available free of charge. Hockey evenings are for recreation and not for team competition. Participants must be at least 8 years old; young people under 10 need adult support. Bring your own stick. Helmets must be worn at all times.
The recent winter rink season started last November and ended in early March. For the summer session, the indoor building (which includes the changing rooms and the changing rooms) will remain closed, as it did during the winter timetable. The facility operated under strict coronavirus protocols that include limits on the number of people who can be on the ice at any one time. These protocols will also be in place this summer.
If public health concerns related to COVID deteriorate, the city will shut down the facility, Bondi said.
The rink can be rented for strictly outdoor activities, including pickleball and roller / rollerblading. Equipment rental is not included but will be available at regular prices. The rental fee is $ 150 per hour.
Bondi said earlier that the rink needed to replace the draw boards – the boards surrounding the surface of the rink – which were installed in 2006 and purchased used at the time. The removal of the current dashboards will begin in July, and the installation of the new panels is expected to take place in August. The expected completion date is September 10.