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Royal Oak Earth Rinks Make 'Cool' Hangouts for Skaters

The recent cold, dry weather proves to be valuable in the creation of two outdoor ice rinks.

The earth rink at Meiniger Park. Credit: Judy Davids
The earth rink at Meiniger Park. Credit: Judy Davids
It's time to lace up those skates, Royal Oak. Outdoor ice rinks are open for business at Grant Park and Meininger Park.

The city's two earth rinks were made with donated time and equipment from Royal Oak's Department of Public Service (DPS).

How an earth rink is made


Depressions for three earth rinks were put into place in city parks decades ago, according to Lee Collick, who works for the DPS. To whip them into skateable ice rinks, the ground must first be saturated with water. Once the ground is a solid base, layer after later of water is added to build up the ice.

This winter season's bitter cold temps may not be ideal for many of us but for Collick the weather is perfect. Cold, dry weather is his friend. Snow is the enemy.

Collick has access to DPS snowblowers, backhoes and front-end loaders.

"I am very fortunate to have access to the tools I need," Collick said.

The ice rinks have been very popular with local skaters and hockey teams, which makes the life-long Royal Oak resident and father of three happy.

"I used the rinks when I was a kid and now I bring my own children there," he said.

As a reminder, all time and equipment is donated, so please respect the rinks and be sure to not leave any trash behind.

Carol Hennessey January 24, 2014 at 11:20 AM
That is great. Thanks Lee.
Judy Davids (Editor) January 24, 2014 at 11:38 AM
I think the rinks are great, too.

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