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Posted on: January 11, 2021

Ice Must Be 12 Inches or More for Skating Rinks

The City of Oconomowoc Parks, Recreation and Forestry Dept. maintains an ice skating rink on Fowler Lake when ice thickness in the rink area is 12 inches or more. Ice was measured on Jan. 7 and was only at 5 inches.

To safely bring our equipment out on the ice to clear and groom a rink the ice must be at least 12 inches thick. Crews did warn of honeycombing conditions when they recently checked the ice. Honeycombing is when the ice thaws and refreezes. It will be white in color. It is an unsafe condition and can be misleading of thicker ice conditions.

It's important to remember that no ice is safe. Be care of when venturing on the frozen lakes.

We will continue to measure the ice when time allows and hope to be able to create a rink later this season.

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