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Riverbend Skate Path Update

Skating Path Update Jan 2024

Riverbend Skate Path is Open

Sure, the negative temps might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but for the Riverbend skate crew, it’s a dream come true.

Volunteers have been out day and night, transforming the frozen river into a skateable path for everyone to enjoy. Over the weekend, they carved out a path, only to have Mother Nature dump a few inches of fresh powder on their hard work. But our dedicated volunteers are nothing if not resilient and before you knew it, the path was open for skating!

They warn it is not perfect, but it’s an outdoor skating path, it’s to be expected. The Riverbend crew has given us a place to escape cabin fever, to lace up our skates, and feel the wind in our hair (even if it is a bit frosty).

A BIG Thank You to the Riverbend Ice Warriors! These volunteers have poured their hearts into making this winter’s path a reality again this year. If you see any machines on the path, please move to the side so they can continue the necessary maintenance. Feel free to give them a wave and a thank you. They deserve it!

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Tips for Safe Skating

Of course, with any outdoor activity, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Dress in layers so you can adjust to the changing temperatures
  • Wear proper footwear (think boots, not sneakers!)
  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Don’t skate alone, especially if you’re a beginner
  • Skate rentals are available
  • And most importantly, have fun!

Embrace the cold, grab your skates, and head on down to the Riverbend Skate Path. Just remember, it’s not about perfection, it’s about enjoying the moment. And with this kind of winter, every moment counts!

A few of our favorite memories. Photo credit: Jordan Olson