2003-01-25 / Community

Ice Skating Site Set In Rockaway

Ice Skating Site Set In Rockaway

In a move to counter the unsafe use of local waters such as Jamaica Bay for ice-skating, the Department of Parks and Recreation has set up an ice skating rink in Rockaway.

The rink, located at Beach 80 Street and Shore Front Parkway in Rockaway Beach.

"We want to keep everyone off the unsafe ice in our parks, ponds, lakes and bays," says Parks and Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe. "So we have created ‘safe skating’ sites throughout the five boroughs."

Benepe urges everybody to keep off any ice that is not posted safe for skating.

"Weather permitting," the Rockaway location will be open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. seven days a week. Signs have been posted to show those areas safe for winter sport, according to Benepe.

The Parks commissioner urges all New York City residents to follow some simple safety rules: never go on frozen waters unless they are clearly marked as safe; parents and caregivers should never leave a child unattended nearby a frozen body of water; anybody who is on a body of ice and hears a cracking sound should lie down immediately to try and distribute their weight and, if you witness somebody falling through the ice, never attempt a rescue yourself. Rather, call 911 and give the exact location of the incident.

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