Port Clinton cops surprise city with ice rink

Mark Anderson and Ron Timmons work on ice rink

Port Clinton police officers Mark Anderson and Ron Timmons are installing a wooden framework for containing the city’s new ice rink at Portage Park and Taft Hill, where sledding is popular.

Everyone living along the Lake Erie shoreline on the North Coast of Ohio knows what the Arctic breezes feel like after the Christmas holidays arrive. The Port Clinton Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #79 wanted to take advantage of those Alberta Ciippers, and build a nice ice rink for skaters young and old.

Without much fanfare, city street crews and police crews dug in this week, hauling truck loads of gear and long 2 x 8-inch boards to Portage Park and Taft Hill, a popular sledding hill, along side the Route 2 freeway just south of Bataan Memorial School.

“I’m going to need a new pair of skates,” said Patrolman Amy Pugh, with a laugh. “The FOP is really proud of this, and I know it’s a big bonus for winter sports and recreational activities.”

The skating rink framework being worked on Wednesday by officers Ron Timmons and Mark Timmons is 60 feet by 120 feet. It was funded by the Port Clinton FOP #79 with some materials donated by Carter Lumber. The rink will be ready soon, and only needs a week of below freezing weather, a specula tarp and some water to make it happen.

The new rink is adjacent to a nice little hill that has been perfect for kids and sleds. It might be a good idea, with Christmas on the horizon, to add skates and sleds to the gift list.

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