Skating rink in the works

ice-skatesTREMONT — If the town’s recreation board has any say in the matter, skaters this winter will be doing toe-loop and axel jumps on an outdoor community ice rink.

Selectmen have given their nod to the rink, which would be located on town property on Harbor Drive, the former site of Madam Jake’s lounge.

“It seemed like a good idea,” said Amy Murphy, chairman of the recreation board. “It would benefit everybody in town.”

As proposed, the rink would be about 100 feet by 75 feet. Treated 2-by-10 lumber would form the sides and hold a plastic liner in place.

Murphy estimates the cost of materials for the project at a little more than $900. A building supply company, EBS Inc., has agreed to donate a $250 gift card toward that purchase. Work would be done by volunteers from the community. The Tremont Volunteer Fire Department would be tapped to fill the rink with water.

Murphy said the board would like to have the rink up and running this winter. Some work is needed to grade the site, and it is uncertain if that can be done or if they have to wait until warmer weather, Murphy said.

Some lights are expected to be installed at the rink. Possible additions for the future include installing a portable toilet and building a warming hut, Murphy said.

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