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Lace 'em up — Sanford rink almost ready

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By TAMMY WELLS
Senior Staff Writer

SANFORD — Lace up your skates — a new rink is being built in Central Park and could be ready for ice skating by the middle of next week. 

The rink concept originated with the Sanford 250th Celebration Committee. The $36,000 project is funded by a grant from the William Oscar Emery Trust and through private donations.

On Thursday, Sanford Parks and Recreation Department employees along with a representative from the vendor, My Backyard Ice Rink, were busy putting the new, 28-foot by 46-foot refrigerated rink together. Then, they have to prep it, make the ice, and test the system prior to opening.

Refrigerated? 

Yes, said Sanford Springvale Chamber of Commerce President Rick Stanley, who worked on the project along with Sherry Lord, the administrative assistant to City Manager Steve Buck. Both are heavily involved with the Sanford 250th Celebration Committee.

“Because it' refrigerated, you can skate when the weather is nice,” said Stanley. “As long as the temperatures are below 50 degrees.”

Lord and Stanley said the committee tasked with organizing events for Sanford’s 250th anniversary of incorporation were looking for a tangible enhancement — in effect, a legacy — that would extend to the years ahead, beyond the anniversary celebrations.

The rink is set to be dedicated to the 250th anniversary at 5 p.m. on Jan. 26. Folks are encouraged to drop by on that Friday, enjoy skating under the lights, and indulge in some hot chocolate.

The dedication comes a  month before the  250th “kickoff” celebration itself, which is set for Feb. 27, the day Sanford was incorporated  back in 1768.

In the years to come,  the rink may be be located elsewhere in the city.

“The long range plan is  a larger,  covered rink in a designated location,” said Stanley.

John Vlahos of My Backyard Ice Rink who was helping Parks and Recreation Department workers assemble the new rink, said he expects Sanford’s new ice  to be ready for skating by the middle of next week.

While the Central Park rink will be  designated for skating, Stanley said hockey players can grab their sticks and pucks and enjoy a game at Number One Pond, where a rink area has been cleared, as it is each year.

— Senior Staff Writer Tammy Wells can be contacted at 324-4444 (local call in Sanford) or 282-1535, ext. 327 or twells@journaltribune.com.

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