This week may not feel like prime skating weather, but a few of Newton's ice rinks are set up and just waiting for the temperature to dip below freezing.
The city currently has four areas to skate: Auburndale Cove, Hyde Community Center, Lower Falls Community Center and the Newton Centre Green.
The Lower Falls rink is open, weather permitting. During yesterday's ribbon cutting at the community center, Newton Patch spotted a pair skating on the rink (see photo to the right).
Over in Newton Highlands, the Hyde Community Center Rink is also open (weather permitting), according to a post on the Village 14 blog. Lights have been installed at the rink and skating is allowed until 8 p.m.
Skating is also available at Auburndale Cove and at the Newton Centre Green rink (between Beacon Street and Langley Road). The Parks & Recreation Department could not confirm the status of these skating areas.
Last year, Newton also had a rink at Albemarle park in Newtonville, although it was only open a few days due to the mild winter. However, Newtonville resident Emily Norton, who helped organize the rink, said there will not be an Albemarle rink this year due to lack of funding.
Unfortunately, the weather forecast is not looking much better for the Newton ice rinks. According to the National Weather Service, Newton will see temperatures stay in the mid-40s for the rest of the week, moving into the low-50s next week.
Have you been skating at any of Newton's ice rinks? Are they open? Did we miss a local skating spot? Tell us in the comments section below!