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updated: 1/23/2012 7:13 AM

Ice rinks open at Geneva park

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  • Tyler Teglia, left, and Santino Salamone battle for the puck during a pickup hockey game last year at one of the outdoor skating rinks at Wheeling Park in Geneva. The park district has finally been able to open the rinks this season.

       Tyler Teglia, left, and Santino Salamone battle for the puck during a pickup hockey game last year at one of the outdoor skating rinks at Wheeling Park in Geneva. The park district has finally been able to open the rinks this season.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

 
 

It's finally been cold enough long enough for the Geneva Park District to make lasting ice for the three rinks at Wheeler Park.

The district Friday announced the opening of the rinks. The park is at Route 31 and North Street in Geneva.

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Two rinks are dedicated to hockey. The rinks will be open until 10 p.m. daily, depending on weather and ice conditions. A warming shelter is available from 4 to 7 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends and school holidays.

The district had to wait for 48 hours of air temperatures of 20 degrees or below to freeze the ice, then smooth it.

"The 'roller coaster' of temperatures does not bode well for the lasting duration of the ice," said Larry Gabriel, parks and properties superintendent. "We did, however, have a couple of days within our target range, and we were able to allow some ice skating. Shortly thereafter, however, warmer temperatures caused melting and a rapid deterioration of the skateable ice."

"We are doing our best to provide a quality product to the public. We do place public safety as a priority, and we will exercise our judgments accordingly."

To check rink conditions, call (630) 232-4542 or visit genevaparks.org.

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