Gillett skating rink opens for season

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Skaters can ‘check out’ skates with library card

About 16 skaters took advantage of Monday’s less-cold temperatures to enjoy the skating at the Gillett Public Library. (Photo by Kay Runkel)

After “lots of hard work and TLC,” the skating rink in the Ebenreiter Community Square adjacent to the Gillett Public Library opened Thursday for the season.

“The temps have to be below 10 degrees to make ice, and there has been some great ice-making weather lately,” librarian Kay Rankel said.

The Gillett city crew plowed off the snow, the fire department came several times to put down water during the recent cold weather and Rankel worked to smooth the surface.

Skating on the rink is free.

“We have about 60 pair of skates that people have donated,” acting Mayor Nanette Mohr said. “You can basically check them out on your library card and utilize them.”

The library provided opening night music for the skaters Thursday, Mohr said. The skates are available for checkout during library hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Lynn Jones won a skating party with the closest guess to the date that the rink would open. The library will provide the skates and treats for her family party on the ice.