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[Andy Faruzel of St. Charles skates on the ice rink at Lincoln Park in St. Charles.]
“Once you have a surface of ice down, then the staff are maintaining it,” Park District Superintendent of Recreation Jeff Greenwald said. “Really, it’s a lot of hand work, but you’re out there with a scraper shovel, taking off the loose ice and then recoating it with a fresh layer of water to fill in the divots.”
The park district needs three successive days of weather at 15 degrees Fahrenheit or lower to begin freezing outdoor rinks. After that, there must be at least five days where temperatures are below 32 degrees Fahrenheit before ice is suitable for skating.
A frigid December helped fulfill the dreams of many outdoor recreation enthusiasts at Davis, Lincoln, Timber Trails and Langum parks as the winter season began. Skating around the holiday season resonates particularly strongly with people, in Greenwald’s experience.
Weather permitting, of course.