Warm weather delays opening of ice rink

November 23, 1995|By John Rivera | John Rivera,SUN STAFF

The grand opening of the Inner Harbor Ice Rink scheduled for tomorrow has been postponed because the weather has been too warm and windy to make ice, city officials said yesterday.

"We're just having a little bit of difficulty making the ice," said Tracy Baskerville of the city's Office of Promotions.

A number of weather problems contributed to the delay in opening the rink, said Melissa Gianiny, director of Baltimore on Ice. Rain during the past two weeks meant workers had to wait until the ground dried before they laid out rink equipment.

The water was prevented from freezing properly because of a combination of warm, direct sunlight during the day and wind at night -- which as it blows over rubber tubing containing a chilling agent actually takes the chill off it.

Rink officials are hopeful that conditions over the weekend will produce the required freeze. "We have a chance for Sunday afternoon, but if not, Monday," Ms. Gianiny said.

The latest information on when the rink will open is available by calling 385-0675.

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