For the second year in a row, Fairfield Hills has its own ice-skating rink, and it's open for business -- not that it'll cost you anything but your own ice skates.
Newtown's Parks and Recreation department received the ice rink as a gift last year from Nice Rink, a national ice-skating rink manufacturer — one of many donations to the department. And as long as the weather is right (which it is today), skating is encouraged.
"We try to keep the ice as skateable as we can, whenever we can," says Parks and Recreation director Amy Mangold. "It’s open during daylight hours, whenever anyone wants to skate. We try to put a sign up if the skating is open or closed. But basically, you can tell when it’s open!"
The rink is open for now, but Mangold says residents should enjoy it while the winter weather is in full swing.
"We’ve had some crazy, fluctuant weather," she says.
Residents can look forward to the rink for a while, Mangold says. As long as it holds up and doesn't become a financial expense to the town, the department will be glad to bring it out in coming years to bring a little winter fun to Newtown.
The rink is located in the field near Danbury Hall, to the left of the Fairfield Hills entrance.