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Looking for a place to ice skate outdoors? Consider the pond in Hidden Valley Park

Ice rink at Way Park Cannon River above the Ames Mill Dam  the hockey rink next to the Northfield Ice Arena 
It’s not only the lack of snow that’s plaguing us. It’s also been too warm to make decent ice for outdoor rinks.  As of yesterday, the City’s neighborhood ice rinks weren’t skatable. Witness the rink at Way Park above. The Cannon River above the Ames Mill dam looked skatable for those looking to either win a Darwin Award or to be ticketed by the Northfield Police. Your only option for outdoor hockey: the hockey rink next to the Northfield Ice Arena, as the two hockey rinks at Carleton College aren’t yet skatable.

Ice on the pond in Hidden Valley Park Ice on the pond in Hidden Valley Park Ice on the pond in Hidden Valley Park
However, the stormwater pond in Hidden Valley Park in my backyard is near-perfect for ice skating. Some of my visiting relatives took a tour on foot yesterday afternoon.

Andrea and Theo crank it up for Way Park on Saturday

Andrea Een Andrea Een was in promo mode yesterday at GBM, letting everyone know about the Way Park benefit concert on Saturday at First United Church of Christ. She and Theo Wee will be performing the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. The event also is a tribute to Wee who’s now in her 40th year as organist at First UCC.

See Jane McWilliams’ blog post on Northfield.org for all the details.

Update 10/20: Here are four photos from the event:

Andrea Een and Theo Wee Andrea Een and Theo Wee Theo Wee and Andrea Een  Theo Wee and Andrea Een

What’s next for Way Park?

1st St. reconstruction through Way Park 1st St. reconstruction through Way Park Friends of Way Park's spaghetti fundraiser dinner flyer
I took these photos of the 1st St. reconstruction through the middle of Way Park last week, intending to promo the Friends of Way Park’s spaghetti fundraiser dinner on Saturday. Alas, I dropped the ball.

Since I don’t see any discussion on their blog nor on the June 15 Way Park annual meeting update blog post on Northfield.org by Jane McWilliams, I thought it might be helpful to discuss the park’s future plans here. Jane wrote in her update:

Fundraising Committee Chair Dan Dimick outlined the plan for raising money to help pay for the park redesign for which the estimated is cost $714,000. The south end of the park will be developed in the first phase. Because of the city’s uncertain financial situation, no firm construction timeline has been established. Having already received pledges in the amount of $18,000, FWP plans to launch their community-wide public fundraising soon.

As part of the infrastructure replacement on West First Street, the two portions will be united, creating one large park. The group discussed the possibility of using the Elg Memorial Fund to plant trees, once the work on the street is completed. A kiosk, illustrating the anticipated park design and depicting the history of the park, is also contemplated.

Way Park public hearing tonight on closure of 1st Street West

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I got this email yesterday from a Way Park area citizen, Tom Kotula:

On Monday, Jan 5th, the city council will hear discussions about whether or not to close off first street west to connect the two halves of Way Park. Perhaps this might be a good place to start a discussion concerning that possible decision.

See the agenda item and addenda pdfs for tonight’s council meeting.

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