Ice skating fun - Montezuma pond set for skaters

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By Mercy Lopez

As a boy, Jack Maes used to glide across the ice of the Montezuma Skating Pond. The memories have been on his mind for years since the pond closed for skating.

Maes, along with City Councilor Joey Herrera, representatives from United World College-USA and other ice skating enthusiasts have joined together to revive the Montezuma Skating Pond Association.

Sunday afternoon the association will host the Montezuma Skating Pond Chill from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the pond in Montezuma. The event is contingent on the pond’s ice being deemed safe for skating. The association measured the depth of the ice earlier this week at a thickness of 16 inches.

“According to the weather reports, we should be getting a storm, and it will give us a very good freeze,” Maes said. “That will help with the ice.”

The event is free and open to the public. The association will have some skates available free of charge. Daniel Salas will also be renting skates for a nominal fee. Two food vendors will be selling refreshments for the event.

Participants will be asked to sign a waiver to skate.

“We want to make sure everyone is safe,” Herrera said. “There will be barriers in place. We are also asking anyone under the age of 10 to wear a safety helmet.”

The preparations for the winter sporting event has been the goal of the small association.

The skating pond revival started when UWC-USA students removed and cleaned the area as part of a service project for Martin Luther King Day.

Since then, people have come together to get the once very popular entertainment area revitalized. Several business, including Wal-Mart, Tractor Supply and BTU, donated shovels for the clean up of the pond.

The UWC students and staff removed rocks and other debris that were littering the area.

Volunteers have spent roughly 100 man-hours sprucing up the ice pond. The Gallinas Fire Department recently added water to the surface of the ice.

“The weather should clear up on Sunday,” Herrera said. “It will make it a perfect day for some ice skating fun.”