Strap on those skates while you can. Years of mild winters have shut down natural ice skating for much of the past decade. But this year’s bitter cold has hardened the ice enough to allow skaters back on the ice. New Rochelle has officially opened two of its lakes for skating. They are: Paine Lake, which is on Paine Avenue between Valley and Wellington roads, and Huguenot Park’s South Lake at New Rochelle High School, 265 Clove Rd.
Signs are posted where skating is allowed and the city’s Parks and Recreation department will monitor ice conditions at the lakes. Skating will continue as long as ice stays thick enough, and skating openings and closings will occur spontaneously. For more info, call New Rochelle Parks and Recreation Department at 654-2087.