On Foot: Pond Skating

“Skating in the Portland area is really fun,” says West End resident Kelly Chase. “The rinks are well cared for.” Chase moved to Maine in January 2014 to take a job as online editor with Maine Media Collective. A native of Scituate, Massachusetts, Chase spent countless hours on the ice as a child. “My mom desperately wanted me to figure skate, but I was not having any of that. I wanted to play with the boys, so I chose hockey.”

Chase credits the influence of her three older brothers with her decision to join the boys’ ice hockey team at her high school. She was one of only three girls to do so. By the time she reached American University in Washington, D.C., she was playing on an all-women’s intramural team.

Portland has proven to be a perfect fit for Chase, who is now the managing editor at Maine magazine. “Although I also like to snowboard, the thing I get most excited for in winter is when the ponds freeze,” she says.

She suggests the following outdoor venues for those who want to take to the ice.

 

Deering Oaks Park | deeringoaks.org

Deering Oaks has been part of the Portland scene since 1879. During more temperate months, peninsula dwellers enjoy its robust farmers’ market, baseball games, playground, and musical performances. When the pond freezes over, the skaters come out. In 1996, the pond provided the backdrop for an ice skating scene that took place in The Preacher’s Wife, starring Whitney Houston and Denzel Washington. The pond at Deering Oaks is lit with holiday lights and is utilized by everyone from tots

Illustrations by Mali Welch

Lee Twombly Pond, Falmouth | familyice.org/lee-twonbly-pond

Chase also enjoys skating at the outdoor Lee Twombly Pond at the Falmouth Family Ice Center. Located at 20 Hat Trick Drive, this outdoor skate center has the benefit of a Zamboni ice resurfacer, which keeps conditions prime. The pond is open 10 a.m to 10 p.m. from December to February (weather permitting). The nearby Family Ice Center also has public skating sessions.

Thompson’s Point | thompsonspointmaine.com

New this year, Thompson’s Point is slated to offer a large, 120-foot-long, open-air skating rink under a covered pavilion. There will be skate rentals, beer and wine, food trucks, and should it get chilly, hot chocolate and a warming tent.

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