Editor's note: A reader asked if the ice rink at the Park Street Common will be filled in this year for skating. Mike Favreau, director of the town's Parks & Recreation Department, responded:
The rink is not going to happen this year for a few reasons. It takes us 7-10 days of sub-freezing weather to get it going. December was too warm, and then January had a week of cold then a warm up and so on. Now it is cold this week but historically we have lost the rink by about the 20th of February as the weather warms daily into the mid and upper 30s or 40. So when we got to the end of January and 60 degrees we threw in the towel. It has been two years now that we have not had the rink. The weather is changing and being on the Seacoast makes us a little more warm as well.
Another side issue is that we have to pay water and sewer on the water now. Prior to last year we did not pay for water. We estimate it would cost around $1,500 to get it up and running. Given the cost we are much less likely just throw a bunch of water on it and see what happens.
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