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Rochester outside ice rinks opening quickly

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – Rochester Parks and Recreation believes outdoor ice rinks should be open before Christmas.

According to Parks and Rec, it was closely monitoring the weather, looking for the perfect day to flood and freeze the rinks. Parks and Rec’s director of recreational activities, Ben Boldt, says the perfect temperatures are in the 20s or below. Allendale Park was one of the first to flood and freeze.

“Most years our goal is mid to late December to be able to skate on the rinks. I think we’re still on schedule,” said Boldt.

Rochester has eight outdoor ice rinks and some of them will also have warming houses. However, the only place to rent skates is at Soldier Field. Rentals are $3.

“At Soldier Field we have a skate rental shop, the oval rink, and then we have two rinks there too, so it’s a great place with a lot of skating opportunities,” Boldt said.

If you already have a pair of skates, the rinks are free and open to the public.

Ice hockey is also allowed on all ice rinks that have boards and a goal.

“Once we’ve built up enough ice, we’ll have an update, which hopefully will be out soon, and we’re going to have a great skating season this winter,” Boldt said.

For more information and where the outdoor ice rinks are located, click here.