02/18/13 1:15pm
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BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO  |  Georgia Gabrielssen (left) and her mother Janice were the first skaters to try out the ice rink Thursday.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Georgia Gabrielsen (left) and her mother Janice were the first skaters to try out the ice rink when it opened.

With frigid temperatures today and school’s closed for President’s Day, it’s a perfect opportunity to hit the ice rink at Stotzky Park. The Riverhead Recreation Department announced the rink will be open today from noon to 8 p.m.

The rink, which debuted last month, is free to use.

The town purchased the materials needed for the rink last year, but the climate never dropped enough for the water to freeze. That finally changed this year.

02/03/13 7:00am
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BARBARALLEN KOCH PHOTO  |  The temporary ice rink at Stotzky Park was closed after temperatures rose above freezing. But it may reopen for a few hours Sunday.

BARBARALLEN KOCH PHOTO | The temporary ice rink at Stotzky Park was closed after temperatures rose above freezing. But it may reopen for a few hours Sunday.

Riverhead residents and even some out-of-towners enjoyed five straight days of ice skating at Stotzky Park when the weather dipped below 20 degrees last week. The rink is now locked but Councilman George Gabrielsen said he was hoping that the below freezing overnight temperatures will allow the rink to reopen for a few hours Sunday.

The town’s recreation department is expected to check the ice at noon today. If frozen enough, the rink will reopen at that time.

Temperatures are forecast to hover around 32 degrees and overnight to dip in the 20s for the next five days. Mr. Gabrielsen said he will ask the fire department if necessary to spray down the surface to smooth out the ice.

Recreation Department director Ray Coyne said the rink will likely be open again once it freezes.

“It’s going to be hit or miss,” he said. “I was very impressed with the amount of people who came out to enjoy the skating.”

The department said it will provide updates via Facebook on the Riverhead Parks and Recreation page.

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01/26/13 5:45pm
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CARRIE MILLER PHOTO  |  At Stotzky Park's new ice rink Saturday, three friends from Baiting Hollow tried out their skating skills.

CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | At Stotzky Park’s new ice rink Saturday, three friends from Baiting Hollow tried out their skating skills.

On the first weekend Riverhead’s new ice rink at Stotzsky Park was open, dozens of kids showed off their skating skills.

The temporary rink opened last Thursday and is free for all to enjoy, said Riverhead town councilman George Gabrielsen.

The town purchased the materials needed for the rink last year, but the climate never dropped enough for the water to freeze.

The rink will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily until the temperature rises above 32 degrees.

01/24/13 3:30pm
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BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO  |  Georgia Gabrielssen (left) and her mother Janice were the first skaters to try out the ice rink Thursday.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Georgia Gabrielsen (left) and her mother Janice were the first skaters to try out the ice rink Thursday.

Thanks to a blustery blast of arctic air this week, the flooded roller hockey rink at Stotzky Park turned into a vast light blue field of smooth and glistening ice.

The temporary ice skating rink opened for the first time Thursday afternoon after more than a year of waiting.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO  |  Councilman George Gabrielsen's wife Janice arrives at the rink with freshly sharpened skates.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Councilman George Gabrielsen’s wife Janice arrives at the rink with freshly sharpened skates.

Recreation Department director Ray Coyne and town board members gathered at the edge of the rink this afternoon for the opening. Councilman George Gabrielsen’s wife Janice and 27-year-old daughter Georgia were the first skaters to try out the new rink.

“This is going to be the ‘George Gabrielsen Family Skating Rink,’ ” said councilman John Dunleavy.

Mrs. Gabrielsen said she’s waited 30 years for the rink.

“I’m in my glory,” she said as she slowly and cautiously maneuvered around the ice. “I just got my skates sharpened. It’s good but I just have to get used to this.”

Georgia Gabrielsen said it was only her second time on ice this year. She skated in Greenport earlier this month.

The town brought the plastic liner and PVC piping needed to convert the roller skating rink into an ice rink last year, but it never got cold enough to make ice, so the rink was never used for ice skating.

It’s free to skate, but ice skates are not provided, Mr. Coyne said.

The rink will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily until the temperature rises above 32 degrees, he said.

Mr. Coyne said that they have received many phone calls about the skating rink and predicted a large turnout over the weekend.

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BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO  |  Town board members (from left) John Dunleavy, George Gabrielsen, Jodi Giglio and Jim Wooten officially open the rink Thursday afternoon.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Town board members (from left) John Dunleavy, George Gabrielsen, Jodi Giglio and Jim Wooten officially open the rink Thursday afternoon as Mr. Gabrielsen’s family tested out the ice.