The Belle Plaine Public Works Department began flooding the newly constructed hockey and ice rinks at Hickory Park on Tuesday, Jan. 7. Public Works Superintendent Al Fahey stated that the unseasonable warm weather has prevented the rinks from getting their doses of ice. He added that, due to the fact that the new Hickory Park rinks have concrete bottoms, ice will have an easier time forming than on the dirt-lined rinks the city previously operated in good faith on school district property on Market Street. Fahey also noted that if the city was still operating at the rinks on Market Street, crews would likely not be flooding the rinks at this point due to ground conditions, adding that other outdoor rinks in the area have closed.

“Hopefully we can get some ice down,” Fahey said in part.

Lights for the rinks are set to arrive on Thursday, and Fahey believes the rinks could be operational by Jan. 20.

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