Monroe Street Field Ice Skating Rink to Open Again this Winter
Last year the Monroe Street ice skating rink re-opened for the first time in over 30 years. It was wildly popular with many children and families enjoying the ice skating, hockey and sledding. This year, the rink will be active again with an expanded experience for all to enjoy.
The city is in the process of purchasing 80 new pair of ice skates which can be used for skating at the rink free of charge. These will include double blade skates for beginners right up to adult hockey skates. The skates were made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Edwin J. Wadas Foundation. Ed Wadas started this foundation over 30 years ago with the sole intent of helping youth sports. He passed in 2018, but his legacy lives on. The skates will be handed out at the pool house which will be open this year, heated and with bathrooms available. Skating attendants will be running the show with set hours Monday through Friday 4:00PM – 8:00PM, Saturdays 4:00PM-10:00PM and Sundays 2:00PM-6:00PM.
The field will also be lit again for night skating thanks to a generous donation from the Burrows Foundation with a new PA system to provide music. This will be reminiscent of days past when you couldn’t ride by that rink without hearing music playing. The PA system was funded by Class of 1969’s Blaise Carrig and his family’s Foundation. In addition, this year you can look for Saturday night bonfires to help keep everyone warm while enjoy the atmosphere.
Many additional thanks are extended to:
– The Little Falls Recreation Committee: Tony Deluca (1967), Pam Munger (19981), Billy Petkovsek (1986), Lori Casullo (1980) and Dean Shepardson (1978)
– Our City Engineer, Chet Szymanski (1997), for his work in prepping the pool house and sound system
– The Little Falls DPW, responsible for fixing the steps and railings to make sure everyone stays safe.
The rink is slated to be up and running on New Years Day – weather depending.
See you there!