hgazette.com, Haverhill, MA

January 3, 2013

City opens rink for outdoor skating

At Riverside Park near stadium, it accommodates up to 20 people

The Haverhill Gazette

---- — Lace up those blades. You’ve got a new safe place to go skating.

The city has installed a new small outdoor skating rink at Riverside Park.

Mayor James Fiorentini said the rink is on the softball fields behind Trinity Stadium. As one faces the stadium from Lincoln Avenue, the rink is directly to the left of the stadium and between the stadium and RiversEdge Plaza.

The rink is now open for skating. Lights will be turned on starting at 4 p.m. and outdoor skating will be available every night this week, weather permitting, until 8 p.m.

Skaters must bring their own skates, and hay bales are next to the rink for spectators. The rink will accommodate about 20 skaters at a time.

“Haverhill is a beautiful place in the wintertime with many things for families with children to do,’’ Fiorentini said. “Unfortunately, over the past few years, it is not been cold enough or safe enough to skate on our many outdoor lakes and ponds.

“This year, we have a small outdoor rink which will accommodate up to 20 people,’’ he said. “We call this our Haverhill skates program. This is the first time in several years we have been able to provide outdoor skating for our families.

“There is also outdoor sledding at Winnekenni Park,’’ he said. “We are in the process of installing a snow fence and hay bales. In the meantime, we strongly encourage parents to have their children sled in the area closest to Kenoza Avenue and to watch the children carefully.’’