Arundel History

December 11, 2005

1990: Quiet Water ice rink opens

It was an afternoon full of bumps and bruises at the new outdoor ice rink at Quiet Waters Park, which opened near Annapolis on Dec. 8, 1990. About 30 people ventured onto the ice at one time and skated to Christmas carols played over loudspeakers.

Many people had waited weeks for the $900,000 rink to open; delays were caused by a spate of warm weather.

Ice skating there was a cheap date. On opening day, it cost $2.50 to skate for two hours, and $2 to rent skates. The rink, which was 180 feet long and 90 feet wide, accommodated 300 skaters. It had a place to eat hot meals in front of a fire.

Of course, everyone had their own reasons why the ice rink was a good idea. Ten-year-old Andrea James said: "It's fun because you can't swim in the winter."

The rink didn't open for the winters of 1994-95 and 1995-96 because of technical problems. And the rink was drained in the winter of 2003 when park officials found that cooling mats under its surface were leaking chemicals into an adjoining pond, causing fish to die.

However, Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens included $300,000 in her budget for this fiscal year to get the rink open.

[The Sun, Jean Packard, library researcher]

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