Get out your skates: Anchorage rinks are open, hockey nets up

Tegan Hanlon
Bill Roth

The skating rinks at Cheney Lake, Westchester Lagoon and Cuddy Family Midtown Park are up and running, according to officials with the Anchorage Parks and Recreation Department.

Ice thickness measured in at least 13 inches at different spots around the rinks this week, which meant the parks department could give the OK for maintenance vehicles to embark onto the ice.

Hockey nets are set up at both Cheney Lake and Westchester Lagoon, said Ted Johnson, park maintenance supervisor. But he warned that after this week's ice storm, the skating rinks may have some rough spots.

The pond at Cuddy Family Midtown Park is reserved for free skate, said Edwin Blair, the owner of Alpine Services, which maintains the rink. He said Friday that the ice is in good shape.

Meanwhile, the hockey rinks maintained by the city are also open, including the skating oval at Cuddy Park, the hockey rink and ice skating area at Delaney Park, the Mulcahy rinks near Sullivan arena and the Scott Gomez hockey rink at Tikishla Park.

As part of its weekly "Winter Recreation Trail and Ice Status Report," the parks department also lists ice thickness at lakes where rinks aren't maintained, like DeLong Lake, Goose Lake and Jewel Lake, as well as the conditions of Anchorage cross country ski trails.

According to the report, all ski trails are packed and skiable and the ice is at least 13 inches thick at all of the lakes as of Wednesday.

Two inches of ice is the minimum required for one person on foot or skates to safely go on freshwater ice, according to ice safety standards from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. For a group of people walking in a single file line, it's 3 inches. The parks department also use these guidelines.

Check the parks department's report at

Reach Tegan Hanlon at or 257-4589.