Sub-zero temperatures lead to temporary closures at Carmel’s outdoor ice rink

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Because of temperatures as low as minus 11, the City of Carmel closed the new city-owned outdoor ice skating rink for several days.

Before the frigid weather, the city had announced extended hours for the rink while students were off school for winter break. Extra days and hours were added, and there was a plan to have the ice skating rink open until 1 a.m. after New Year’s Eve so people could ring in 2018 with ice skating and a nearby fireworks display.

The skating rink was closed because of low temperatures on Dec. 26, 27 and Jan. 1 and 2. It closed early Dec. 30 and 31.

City spokesman Dan McFeely said the decision to close was made for safety reasons. In addition, one day the zamboni, which is used to smooth the ice, wasn’t working properly because of the cold. McFeely said it’s now working.


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