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Posted on Sat, Dec 17, 2011 : 5:57 a.m.

Outdoor ice rinks installed, awaiting cold weather in Dexter and Saline

By Lisa Allmendinger

Community outdoor ice rinks have been installed for the season in both Dexter and Saline, although both are currently swimming pools because of the warm weather and rain.

However, winter’s colder temperatures will soon freeze the water and residents will have an opportunity to skate for free at these towns’ rinks.


Kids crawl on the ice as they gain their bearings while skating at Saline's ice rink at Henne Field last year.

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Dexter’s rink in Monument Park downtown was installed and filled on Dec. 5 and is funded by donations from the Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce, the Dexter Daze Committee and Think Dexter First, said Allison Bishop, Dexter’s community development director.

It is expected to remain closed for another few weeks until the weather cooperates. Once open, hours and rules will be posted on the rink.

Saline’s rink is located at Henne Field, said Art Trapp, the city’s downtown development director. Last year, the hours and rules were posted on a sign and hours are expected to be Sunday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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Mon, Dec 19, 2011 : 4:03 p.m.

Yes, Buhr Park is a great venue for outdoor skating. I grew up there. However there were 2 other outdoor rinks that I can recall as a kid growing up in town, which were outdoors that many kids including myself utilized. The city flooded Scheffler park ball diamond..and there was a warming house and hot cocoa...and a rink was a great place for local kids to get excercise during the winter and when there was no school. ... its a shame that the city had to do away with such a great outdoor venue, and it was free of charge. Imagine, if we did away with these new "crosswalks" and all the monies spent on repairing and installing them, perhaps there would be funding to once again provide good ole outdoor winter fun in Ann Arbor. Seems the smaller surronding towns can afford it.


Sun, Dec 18, 2011 : 3:23 p.m.

I don't disagree with "GRYE' on the money spent for the 'supposed art' but Buhr Park is a wonderful outdoor rink and I hope all Ann Arborites take advantage of it through the coming months. Happy Holidays to all!


Mon, Dec 19, 2011 : 12:22 a.m.

It is a nice rink but not free to use.


Sat, Dec 17, 2011 : 5:26 p.m.

How come these smaller cities can put in outdoor ice rinks but Ann Arbor can't seem to fund them anymore? Could it possibly be the art erection in front of city hall? $750,000 would have gone a long way for more activities for city residents instead of them just staring at a hunk of metal with pretty blue lights.