The frigid winter weather has already arrived, so go ahead and sharpen those ice skates, Glenwood.
The Glenwood City Council has authorized a proposal that will allow public ice skating at Glenwood Lake Park this winter.
The council gave its unanimous approval to the skating proposal at its regular meeting last Tuesday, Dec. 9, after taking part in discussions with Glenwood Park Board member Bill Pugsley and mayor Dyle Downing.
Pugsley told council members that several people have voiced their desire to skate at the park this winter. Pugsley said park board members are receptive to the idea, as long as their plan has the blessing of the city council.
After discussing potential safety and insurance issues, Pugsley, Downing and council members agreed that the safest place to allow skating would be on the small lake at the park. Pugsley said the depth of the water in the small lake is about 3 to 4 feet deep.
The depth of the ice in the lake will be checked on a regular basis and skating will only be allowed at designated times under the supervision of the park board. Skating times will be announced at a later date. Downing indicated that the designated skating times may include some lighted skating sessions at night.
Signage will also be posted at the lake.
City administrator Mary Smith noted that it’s important for the public to know that skating will not be allowed on the park’s big lake, which has water depths considerably deeper than the smaller lake.
There will be no charge to skate at the park.