Community rinks open for skating enthusiasts
Frigid temperatures the past few weeks have allowed local outdoor skating rinks to make ice and some already have opened their doors. The warm spell and rain may force some to temporarily shut down to preserve the good ice, but skaters can look ahead to good ice once the cold temperatures return.
The Frenchville Recreation Department plans to open the community’s outdoor skating rink this weekend, weather permitting. The rink is located behind the Community Center.
General open rink hours will be Fridays 6-8 p.m., Saturdays, 1-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., and Sundays 1-3 p.m. For more information call 436-0127.
In Van Buren, recreation staffers are planning to also open this weekend, after heavy snow caused a delay last week.
The rink on Champlain Street will be open 5-8 p.m. on Wednesdays, 5-9 p.m. on Fridays, 3-9 p.m. on Saturdays, and 3-8 p.m. on Sundays.
Further information about the rink may be obtained by calling 868-3395.
The St. John Valley’s only covered skating rink, at Madawaska’s Multi Purpose Building, is open for general skating 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fridays, 1-3 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturdays, and 1-3 p.m. Sundays.
For information about hockey and other skating programs call 728-3605.
The Fort Kent outdoor rink, located at Jalbert Park, is open 6-9 p.m. Fridays and Saturday, and 1-4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. For more information call 834-5773.
Eagle Lake’s rink on Devoe Brook Road is open 6-8 p.m. Fridays, and 1-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Call 444-5511 for more information about the Eagle lake facility
Each skating rink charges its own fees, which mary vary for non-residents. Most also offer skate rentals and concessions. All of these local rinks offer extended hours during school vacations, which will vary from town to town.