Friday, January 11, 2013
They're closed until further notice. The January thaw (and rain!) had to hurt.
Sorry, skaters. Poor ice conditions after days of warm midwinter weather and even rain have led the Fridley Parks and Recreation Department to close ice rinks in parks across the city. Here's the bad news posted at the Fridley Recreation Facebook page: Ice rinks are closed until further notice due to poor ice conditions. If everyone stays off the rinks they should be able to open back up relatively soon -- hopefully over the weekend. If people don’t stay off the ice, the ice will be further damaged & rinks will need to remain closed. Related:
Monday, January 7, 2013
One Fridley resident competed in last year's Red Bull event. Do you see familiar names on the lists of 60 athletes now set to take part?
Only a few of the athletes who qualified Sunday for the 2013 Red Bull Crashed Ice competition in St. Paul Jan. 24–26 have hometowns listed on the official rosters. Last year, one Fridley resident competed but his name isn't on the lists posted on the Red Bull Crashed ice Qualifier—Saint Paul, MN Facebook Page. Do you know any of the 60 people listed to take part in the bumpy downhill skating races? Check the lists here and leave a comment below.
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Commons Park has it all but 10 other sites have ice too.
Commons Park has the most cold-weather options and facilities for fun in Fridley—Tony Huber calls it Fridley's Winter Park—but the City of Fridley's Parks and Recreation Department also maintains 10 other ice sheets in town if skating's your thing. Fridley's one warming house is at Commons Park, open weekdays 3–9 p.m.; and weekends, holidays and school-out days, noon–9 p.m.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Parks and Rec aims to have them ready for skating by Dec. 21, 2012.
If the frozen tip of your nose is telling you it might be time for outdoor skating, here's an update on ice rinks from Sue Johnson at the City of Fridley Department of Parks and Recreation: The recent snow storm has delayed the work necessary to get the rinks ready for safe, skateable ice. It requires 7–10 consecutive days of temperatures below freezing while putting the water down to get a 3”–4” layer of ice; however, when it snows, the Maintenance staff are asked to plow the streets and this causes a delay in preparing the ice for use now, and during the regular season, because ice rinks are the last to have the snow cleared. The Park Maintenance staff will be clearing the snow and flooding the rinks this evening (Dec 11). Keep in mind …
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Warm weather is making city rinks smell bad.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
The City of Fridley posted this explanation for a "terrible odor" coming from Parks and Recreation Department ice rinks: "The ground didn't freeze up as it should have this year because of the warmer temperatures that we have been experiencing. There are some small pockets of methane that are in the ground, and also occur from decaying vegetation, that comes up into the ice especially when it gets warmer outside. The methane gas causes the yellowish bumps or boils on the ice surface and makes the ice smell like rotten eggs (because of the sulfur). If the weather turns colder and we are able to add ice to cap off the surface. Sometimes we can get the smell to go away for a little while. Usually this time of year we shut the rinks down …
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Warming house opens Saturday; ice should be good by then.
It's mid-January and winter weather may have finally arrived to stay. One sign of that: the warming house at Commons Park opens Saturday. Hours are noon–9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and 4-9 p.m. on weekdays. How will conditions be for skating by then? Sue Johnson of the City of Fridley Park and Recreation Department said by email: "Our maintenance staff has been putting down water 3 times a day in preparation for the Saturday opening. They have pretty much guaranteed us good ice by Saturday!"
Thursday, December 29, 2011
New video shows kids sledding on grass, skating on melting ice.
When last we checked on Luke "Mippey5" Thompson, he had featured Fridley in a YouTube video that parodied the hiphop song Welcome to My Hood while also paying tongue-in-cheek tribute to his hometown. Fridley again figures prominently in a video he posted Wednesday titled Brown Christmas (see above). Partway into the second episode of a new series he's calling Cookie and Friend is about a minute's worth of video showing kids making the best of the sledding hill and skating rinks at Fridley's snowless Commons Park in above-freezing weather. (In the clip, the raucous Deck the Halls background music is courtesy of another prominent YouTube parodist, Pennsylvania-based Dave "DaveDays" Colditz.) If Mippey5's irreverent, fun-loving spirit seems …
Friday, December 23, 2011
It was a day of firsts for three skaters Thursday.
Thursday, the first official day of winter, was also the first day ever of skating on ice for Paige Logan, 7, and her brother Gondorchin, 6, at Commons Park in Fridley. At the next rink, Tim Peterson was trying out hockey moves for the first time in two years.
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Play away those holiday-feast calories with some sledding and skating.
Commons Park is a great place to gather for outdoor activities on Christmas Day. The warming house is open for skaters on Dec. 25 from noon–4 p.m. (just as it will be on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day). Regular warming house hours on weekends, holidays, and school-out days are from noon–9 p.m. Once school is back in session, warming house hours are 4– 9 p.m. on weekdays. And don't forget Commons Park's popular sledding hill. It's always open during park hours, 5 a.m.–10 p.m.