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Cold temperatures bring a day of ice skating to Mill Creek Park's Lily Pond

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UPDATE - Mill Creek MetroParks says the Lily Pond is closed to ice skaters today and issued the following release: "Due to the warmer temperatures over the past 24 hours, MetroParks officials have decided to close the Lily Pond to skaters until further notice. The safety of our visitors is of the utmost importance, and we are hoping that below freezing temperatures over the next week will permit us to open the Lily Pond to skaters next weekend."  

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - For the first time in two decades, skating is taking place at a body of water at Mill Creek MetroParks in Youngstown.

Parents helped kids lace up their skates as Mill Creek MetroParks held supervised skating at the Lily Pond.  Adults laced up their skates too. Bree Latell says it was really slippery and fun! Barb Calhoun says it brought back childhood memories of skating outside. She is hopeful outdoor ice skating will be available next year. 

This was the first time Mother Nature has cooperated in about 20 years providing seven inches of frozen ice for the young and young at heart to enjoy. Samantha Villella says Mill Creek MetroParks has been measuring the ice and determined the Lilly Pond is thick enough for ice skating.  Villella adds there has never been ice skating on the Lilly Pond and that the last time there was ice skating on a body of water in the parks was about 1990. 

Seventy-year-old Richard Wainwright who laced up his skates, tells us it has been about 50 years since he did figure eights and jumps on the ice outdoors.  He was in his twenties. Wainright wanted to see if he could still skate and told 21 News that it brings back old memories with his brother and sisters, and father.  He said, "We practically Lived out here."

For others father's like Kevin Fields it was time to make new memories. His daughter just got her first pair of skates. He told 21 News he and his daughter will skate, then go to the sled hill, snow board and just have a fun daddy daughter day.  
 
Skaters and spectators can warm up their hands at an open fire which will be burning all the days that skating is allowed.  An area of the Lilly Pond has been set aside for anyone who wants to pursue a pick up game of hockey.  
 
Supervised skating continues Sunday from ten until six in the evening. 

 

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