At last … ice


FARMINGTON – The town’s nearly 10,000-square-foot skating rink at Hippach Field on Route 4 is finally open, Parks and Recreation Director Steve Shible said.

It usually opens the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day, Shible said, but this year the weather was so warm it couldn’t open until mid-month.

The rink is open every day from 10 a.m. until 8:30 p.m., when the weather permits. The field house – complete with cozy offerings like a propane heater and wood-burning stove, storage cubbies, first aid supplies, and a hot water dispenser and hot chocolate – is open from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Saturday it opens from 10 a.m. until 8:30 p.m., and from noon to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The rink is a great and a relatively inexpensive benefit to the town, Town Manager Richard Davis said. “I’ve used it a few times. We went once this year. It was good.”

Monday was Kyle Buckland and Dorian Robinson’s first time on the Hippach ice this winter. It was evident they were loving it simply by the fact they remained outside as the sun began to set, skating back and forth with cold-looking grins on their faces. “It’s pretty good,” Robinson, 11, said of the ice. There are some rocks, he said, but otherwise it’s great.

Buckland, 12, skated past. It’s so much fun because you can go so fast, he said, and whizzed away.