WILMINGTON, MA – Wilmington Town Manager Jeff Hull updated the Board of Selectmen on Monday night on the town’s efforts to create a seasonal outdoor ice skating rink for residents to enjoy.
“The plan is to have a portable rink set up at Rotary Park on the Church Street side of the park,” announced Hull.
The Department of Public Works selected Rotary Park for several reasons. The park’s grass field meets the rink’s specifications without any sort of earthmoving operations. The park is centrally located within the community, with Adelaide Street offering off-street parking and pedestrian connectivity. Water service (a new fire hydrant) is located along Adelaide Street, which enables the rink to be filled without having to lay any hoses across a roadway. The Park’s close proximity to the Public Safety Building was also a factor.
“After consulting with a few different outlets, the DPW has a particular vendor in mind – [NiceRink Outdoor Skating Rink System],” continued Hull.“The rink will be 52 feet by 100 feet.”
A floodlight will be placed on the closest utility pole to help illuminate the area. The floodlight will be set up on a timer for lighting only at appropriate times. There will also be two benches installed near the rink.
“The approximate cost of the project is $4,834,” noted Hull. “We’ll fund that through the Recreation Department’s funds.”
Public Works Director Mike Woods noted that the liner, at a cost of approximately $1,000, will need to be replaced annually. The rest of the rink will be stored in the offseason at DPW headquarters.
The rink has a 4-week lead time from date of purchase to delivery, followed by an anticipated 3-week installation schedule.
“The plan is to order the rink in mid-October. We expect to have it ready to go in December,” said Hull.
“Former Selectwoman Judy O’Connell and Selectman Kevin Caira brought the temporary ice rink idea to the table, DPW agreed to do all the work, and the Recreation Department agreed to finance the project,” Recreation Director Karen Campbell previously told Wilmington Apple. “The use of the rink will be free to all.”
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