Town warns people to stay off Greenwich’s icy ponds and river
GREENWICH — With the weather having warmed up after the recent deep freeze in town, residents are being urged to show extreme caution when it comes to ice.
The town’s Parks and Recreation Department has posted “Danger - Keep off the Ice” signs along the Mianus River and other ponds in town that are located inside the town’s parks. And these are not meant to be empty warnings either.
The ice leftover from the frigid temperatures of previous weeks is rapidly melting as a result of the unseasonably warm temperatures of this week. And even though temperatures are dipping back down to levels more typical of February, the ice is still considered unsafe for people to go on for any activities.
“All individuals and pets are not allowed on the ice, even if you think it may look safe,” the department warned in a press release.
Parks and Recreation Director Joseph Siciliano said this was not a warning to be taken lightly.
“The safety level is very unpredictable especially with fluctuating temperatures,” Siciliano said.
There are no formal monitors but the parks department, with the police department’s help if necessary, will enforce the policy.
According to the National Weather Service, temperatures will dip back into the 30’s over the weekend, with things getting below freezing during the night. But even if a cover of ice returns to the river and it looks solid, the town says people should remain off of it because of how easily it can break and present serious danger and health risks for anyone on it.
Temperatures are expected to remain above freezing during the days into next week.
For ice skating in town, the Parks and Recreation Department advised residents to use the municipally-owned Dorothy Hamill Rink. The town is looking at building a new rink, and is seeking money in the new municipal budget to begin to draw up architecture designs and plans, but the current Hamill rink can still handle the demand of residents and can provide a safe place for people looking to go ice skating.
There are daily public skating sessions at the rink and more information can be found by calling 203-531-8560.