Naugatuck's Ice Skating Rink Dedication Ceremony

The new year has brought a shiny new ice skating rink to the borough.

Skaters enjoy Naugatuck's brand new ice skating rink. All photos by Darlene Lopes
Skaters enjoy Naugatuck's brand new ice skating rink. All photos by Darlene Lopes
A special dedication ceremony of Naugatuck's new ice skating rink took place on Saturday, Jan. 4, at 4:30 p.m. The dedication ceremony had been postponed from Dec. 29 due to the weather being too warm and rain. Warm temperatures were definitely not an issue on the rescheduled date. The sun was shining but the thermometer registered in the teens; organizers had to remove the snow from the surface of the ice before skaters who brought their own skates could take to the ice.

The skating rink is located on the Meadow Street side of St. Francis of Assisi field behind the Tuttle Building and measures 72 feet by 92 feet. The rink has an open design plan and is not enclosed by Plexiglass boards or barriers. Skaters need to bring their own skates.
Linda "GiGi" Ramos, a Naugatuck Park Commissioner, appeared on WTNH to talk about the skating rink. Regarding the weather for the dedication, she said, 'It's perfect. The sun is shining, it's brisk, but it's a perfect skating day."

Ms. Ramos gave special thanks to rink sponsors, the Ion Foundation and St. Francis. The Ion Foundation donated $3,000 for the portable rink.

Ms. Ramos posted this information on Patch. "The rink is portable, so [it comes] down in the spring [and goes] up at Thanksgiving. We plan to have it supervised when not a Parks Event. Let me know if you are interested in being a Volunteer. There are rules/hours that will be enforced."

The snack hut serves grilled hot dogs, popcorn, and probably on this day more hot chocolate than soft drinks.

Special thanks to Ion Bank employee Darlene Lopes for the excellent photos of the dedication ceremony.

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citizen January 07, 2014 at 01:17 PM
Well, it's probably safer for one.
Linda Ramos January 07, 2014 at 01:45 PM
Sorry Skating not allowed on Baummers Pond, SAFETY is always the concern...the Rink is 72 x 92 not to bad for some skating give it try. Thanks
Emma Newsom January 21, 2014 at 08:57 PM
Hi! Where do I find information about the days and hours that the rink is open? Thanks!
Linda Ramos January 21, 2014 at 09:10 PM
Hi Emma, Monday-Thursday 10am-8pm. Friday &Saturday 10am-9pm. Sunday Noon-8pm. Please note Stick & Puck times are Saturday 8am -10am and Sunday 6pm-8pm. We have a Fire & Ice event this Sunday January 26th from 1pm-5pm hope to see you there. Thanks gigi
Emma Newsom January 22, 2014 at 11:12 AM
Thank you!


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