As expected, the blast of Arctic Air has arrived with a vengeance over the last 24 hours. Therefore, even though it was decided earlier in the week to postpone “Fire & Ice” until next Friday, ice conditions on Crandall Pond will be safe enough for ice skating beginning this afternoon, February 3.
“We’ve been doing our due diligence this week” says Tom Girard, Superintendent of the City’s Department of Public Works. “We’ve had concerns most of the week that the ice thickness may not be uniform and safe enough for anyone looking to skate on Crandall Pond. We just took several measurements and feel confident in opening the pond for skating starting this afternoon. And, yes, the lights will be on from dusk until 10pm but we ask everyone to dress appropriately in this dangerous cold weather as frost bite and hypothermia can set in very quickly.”
With the weather expected to warm up next week, “Fire & Ice” organizers will continue to monitor the conditions of the ice on Crandall Pond with the hopes of formally beginning “Fire & Ice” next Friday. And, if you’re still interested in helping with the event, please call the Recreation Department at (518) 615-0446 or sign up via SignUpGenius at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4AA5A92BAAF49-fire.