Plymouth Opens Warming Houses for Outdoor Rinks
It’s the time of year when warming centers will be opening at outdoor rinks. In Plymouth, warming houses are officially open. However, there are certain outdoor skating rinks that don’t have warming houses available.
Four Warming Houses Open
“We have four warming houses throughout the city and then we have an additional two warming house sites that are not staffed,” says Jessie Koch, the Recreation Supervisor for the city of Plymouth. “The sights that aren’t staffed are rink sites only. The four warming houses are Plymouth Creek Playfield, Ridgemount Playfield, Oakwood Playfield and Zachary Playfield. The non-staffed rinks are Bass Lake Playfield and LaCompte Playfield.”
Staffed warming houses are where the houses will be available.
The recreation areas that do not have staff do not open their warming houses for patrons. It’s important to keep in mind that if the weather doesn’t cooperate, outdoor rinks will be closed.
Three Reasons Rinks Will Close
“There is about three reasons why we would close,” added Koch. “Snow is one reason. If we are unable to clear the rinks in time for a warming house to open we would close rinks down. Cold weather is another reason we would close. Anything under 10 below is a little too cold. People really shouldn’t be outside for extended periods of time anyway. So warming houses are closed when it’s too cold. Then of course, warm weather is another reason. Right now, we’ve had a stretch of a heat wave here at the end of December so we aren’t able to open the rinks at this moment.
The outdoor rinks are open Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Holiday hours vary. To check if weather conditions are okay to skate, or to see if the rinks are open, you can visit the city of Plymouths website.