As the Village has had difficulty getting an ice rink poured in the last two skating seasons, it appears some individuals are not familiar with the effort and conditions required to make an ice rink. I hope this memo will give some clarity to what our DPW faces in trying to get a rink established.
Ideally, we would experience an extremely cold November with no snow subsequent to a wet fall. (A cold dry November is the last thing the Water Department wants to see as the number of breaks grows markedly in this kind of weather.)
To create a rink, we need the following things to work in our favor:
We must also remember an additional number of hours is required if snow removal is required prior to any pour. (See below)
Snow is an insulator and can impact us in several different ways. If it snows on the ground before we get a chance to flood, it can preclude a good hard freeze in the soil, keeping the soil warmer than the outside air. (Our Water Department loves snow in the winter for this reason as well!) Secondly, if the weather looks like it’s turning colder following snowfall, our DPW will need to remove the snow prior to pouring. If the soil is not frozen hard underneath the snow it makes removing the snow extremely difficult as our mechanical equipment will severely grind up the basin and has the potential to become stuck.
I hope this is added to your understanding of what it takes for the Village to create an ice rink.