Green Bay Late Opening Ice Skating Rinks - WBAY

Green Bay Late Opening Ice Skating Rinks

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Eric Lois and his friends usually spend most of their free time in the winter on the ice, playing hockey.

"It's something that we do always over Christmas break," he said.

This year, however, neither Eric nor anyone in Green Bay has been able to find an open public ice rink.

In fact, all of the public rinks that rely on real ice have been closed throughout December.

"With the with the weather it's been pretty cold out and we were wondering what the delay was", Lois said.

Action 2 News received several emails asking about the hold up. We reached out to parks, recreation, and forestry department officials. They declined to appear on camera but told us they're being delayed because they can't pour water onto ground that isn't frozen yet.

"I think if the ice rink started up with the first snowfall that would be perfect because it's a winter tradition that everyone can appreciate," said Adam Waerzeggers from Green Bay.

Parks officials say that while the weather was cold enough in recent weeks, the ground wasn't.   They had to wait to longer this year to scrape the snow off the ground in order to prevent tearing up the grass and ruining the ice rinks.

However, they started removing the snow off the rinks today., and plan to fill them with water next week.

It could be another three to seven days after that depending on temperatures and sun exposure before anyone can lace up and head out.

"I think we missed the boat on it [for winter break] but I'm sure it will go appreciated by someone in the city," said Waerzeggers.

Neither Appleton or Oshkosh had their rinks ready, either. Ice rinks in those cities are expected to be on a similar timeline to those in Green Bay.

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