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Outdoor Skating & Sledding


Updated: Friday, November 30, 2018

Reminder: dogs should remain on leash when near bodies of water, to protect them and owners from falling through thin ice! 

The DPW will not be able to check ice depths until there has been a lengthy period of below freezing temperatures.  It is recommended that skaters wait for the return of 6 or more inches of ice before skating. 

Rules posted on signs located at each pond must be followed. Ice is not checked over the weekend or during winter storms and clean-ups, as the DPW staff must work on snow removal on roads and tree repairs. The recommended thickness for ice skating on ponds is six inches of black ice.

Outdoor Skating Locations

  • Horsford: Central Avenue, across from RTS, at entrance to Town Forest.    
  • Farley: South Street, 3/10 mile from Chestnut Street intersection - on right. Be respectful of neighbors when parking - there is limited on-street parking. 
  • Reservoir: Off of Dedham Avenue, behind the Department of Public Works. The lights at the Reservoir will be turned on Fridays to Sundays and holidays, when it has measurements of six or more inches of black ice.
  • High Rock: This location is not freezing due to weed growth and will not be tested for ice depths in winter 2017/2018. 
  • Walker-Gordon: Charles River Street, 2/10 mile from Central Avenue - on right
  • Rosemary Lake: Rosemary Street - enter from small parking lot near apartments at Chamber's Cove
       Note: warm water streams keep Rosemary Lake from freezing quickly.
  • Sportsman's: Great Plain Avenue, between Central Avenue and Marked Tree Road behind the brick building.

Skating Tips
  • Always skate with at least one other person.
  • Skate on areas with  6 inches or more inches of ice.
  • Remove loose objects from ice surface.
  • Skate in well-lit areas only.
  • Hockey players should be careful skating near young children. Hockey is not permitted at the large pond at Horsford.
  • Ice is not checked during winter storms and clean-ups, as the DPW staff must work on snow removal on roads and tree repairs.

Sledding Tips
  • Examine area for hazards such as trees, rocks, and man-made jumps.
  • Dress properly, protecting hands, feet, and your face from the cold.
  • Check sled before use. Do not use sleds without a method of control.
  • Sled on snow-packed hills with at least one other person. Do not sled on ice.
  • Keep your head at back of sled and wear a helmet.
  • Be conscious of areas where young children are sledding.
  • Make sure to look for obstructions like trees and rocks.
  • Find at least one other person to go sledding with and pick a time of day when there is plenty of light.
  • Do not build snow jumps.