Thursday, January 28th, 2010

If outdoor ice skating is one of your favorite winter activities, try it at Central Park of Morris County in Parsippany.

One of the two outdoor in-line skating rinks at the park is flooded when weather permits, and is available for ice skaters of all ages.

Kristin Biase, superintendent of recreation for the Morris County Park Commission, which operates the Central Park complex, said the rink is available for skating seven days a week, as long as Mother Nature cooperates.

“Since it is outdoors, it really needs to be cold for several days in a row for us to get the ice down,” Biase said. “We will only put ice down if we are expecting a week or so of suitable conditions.”

If the weather conditions are right, skaters can take to the ice from sunrise to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and sunrise to 10 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, said Biase. She said the rink is lit, with the lights coming on at 4:30 p.m. and turning off at closing. Restrooms are on site.

When skating is not advisable, “No Skating” signs will be posted, and violators will be subject to penalties, said Biase, who noted the Central Park facility on Central Avenue in Parsippany is patrolled by the Park Police.

The Park Commission urges the wearing of helmets by skaters, especially children.