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Few remember exactly how long ago Dexter kids would ice skate on local ponds and other bodies of water, but back during the 2010-11 school year Dexter government officials decided to bring the tradition back and center it in Monument Park.
The ice rink has been open for several weeks now with no end in sight thanks to the deep freeze and incessant snowfall that has motorists stymied, while children and the young-at-heart are delighted at the opportunities that “bad” weather can open up.
“There used to be many spots in the village where kids could (skate) many, many years ago,” City Manager Courtney Nichols said. “Now instead of the way they used to do it, we’ve put it here in the downtown.”
The rink is open Sunday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. It is resurfaced daily as needed between 8 and 11 a.m.
Nichols says that the rink has been a positive for the environment downtown as those entering the heart of the city from Baker, Central, Broad, Dexter-Chelsea, Dexter-Pinckney or Dexter-Ann Arbor Road can’t help but notice delighted skaters zipping around the ice at Monument Park in the shadow of the gazebo.
The rink is funded by various local groups and organizations including the Dexter City Council, the Dexter Lion Club, the Dexter Rotary Club, the Dexter Daze Committee, the Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce and the Dexter Parks and Recreation Commission.
The rink is not watched by an attendant, so caution is advised. Hockey sticks and other sports accessories aside from skates are not permitted.