Rockland to celebrate new ice rink with ribbon-cutting ceremony

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 8:45pm

ROCKLAND — Rockland’s new community ice rink has already seen its share of blades since being constructed in Harbor Park on January 25. A webcam allows future participants to view the action from afar. And though City officials have already expressed their excitement over the completion of a project that is a year in the making, a ribbon-cutting ceremony and welcoming had been scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 24, from 1 to 5 p.m. However, due to inclement weather in the forecast, the ceremony has been postponed.

The ribbon-cutting will involve members of Rockland Main Street, Inc., as well as the Penobscot Bay Chamber of Commerce. Donated hot cocoa, goodies, and warming pits, and possibly live music are also in the plans.

Rockland City Manager Tom Luttrell told members of City Council, February 11, that he views the rink as a success in the multi-year attempts to bring free outdoor ice skating to the community.

“Everytime I go up [to the webcam] there’s at least two or three people skating,” he said.

Following a 2018 resolve to urge residents outside, the skates hit spring slush shortly after Public Works officials cleared snow from Chickawaukie Lake on Route 17.

A year later, the Rockland team, spearheaded by the Parks Committee and Councilor Ed Glaser, held to the initial concept, yet changed their strategy by relocating to solid ground. Because of their determination, a dedicated rink now stands in Harbor Park.

A vote by Rockland City Council allowed for appropriation of $5,000 from the Parks Reserve account towards the ice rink, according to Luttrell.

The City then purchased the rink from Nice Rink. Glaser, some members of Public Works, as well as some members of the public constructed the rink. The fire department filled the basin with water.

“The rink will return each winter as long as the frame holds up,” said Luttrell.

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