Although the off-again-on-again nature of the winter has thwarted efforts to get the skating rink near Blanchard Campus Center open, for the first time in years Lower Lake was opened for skating on Friday, February 9, and business on the frozen waterway has been brisk.
President Joanne V. Creighton alerted the College community that Lower Lake was a "go" through a campuswide email Friday evening. According to assistant athletics director Bardee Sadlier, "Skates were flying off the shelves of Kendall all weekend." Skates are available to members of the Mount Holyoke community, with a One Card, at the Kendall Sports and Dance Complex during Kendall's open hours.
"After the frustrations of the seeping and sinking Blanchard ice, the Lower Lake 'rink' is an unexpected pleasure," President Creighton said. "I love seeing students and other members of the Mount Holyoke community and their families enjoying a spin. It makes our incomparable winterscape even more alluring and picturesque."
"Skating on the lake is the truest form of collaboration with Mother Nature," noted director of facilities management John Bryant. The ice on the approximately 15,000 square feet designated for skating is 10 to 12 inches thick, he noted.