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Updated Friday, February 24, 2017

There are NO ponds with 6" or more of black ice and most ice has melted with this week's above average temperatures.  Reminder: dogs should remain on leash when near bodies of water, to protect them and owners from falling through thin ice!  The DPW has finished taking measurements for this winter.  This site will be updated next winter when there has been a lengthy freeze. 

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. The lights at the large Horsford Pond will be turned on Fridays to Sundays and holidays, when it has measurements of six or more inches of black ice.
  • Farley: South Street, 3/10 mile from Chestnut Street intersection - on right. Be respectful of neighbors when 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: In the Town Forest, on High Rock Street, 3/10 mile from Chestnut Street - on left after the bridge This location is not freezing due to weed growth and will not be tested for ice depths in winter 2016/2017. 
  • 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.