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Public ice rink opens in Island Park

The newly opened Island Park Ice Rink. Jan. 10, 2021

Central Michigan University students were welcomed back to Mount Pleasant for the Spring 2022 semester with snow on the ground and near-freezing temperatures, but Michigan winters aren't all bad. 

The city parks department opened its public ice rink Monday. It's located on the south softball field in Island Park. The rink is 54 feet by 95 feet and is open daily during the months of January and February from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The rink is free to use and maintained by the parks department. 

Director of Parks and Public Spaces Phil Biscorner said the city is excited to debut the ice rink for the first time. 

"I think the biggest thing is this will provide another outdoor activity over the winter months," Biscorner said. "It partners really well with our sledding hill and just adds extra flare."

In a Monday morning press release, the city listed the rules and regulations for using the rink.

Code of Conduct: 

All ice rink participants, including skaters and bystanders, will be required to follow the general rules of conduct established in the city’s Parks and Recreation Ordinance (Section 97.01 – 97.21 of the City Code of Ordinances) while at the ice rink.

Further, all ice rink participants will be required to adhere to the following ice rink specific rules and regulations:

1. Skaters shall be courteous and cautious of other skaters and bystanders while using the skating area. Skaters shall not push, shove or otherwise engage in raucous behavior while using the skating area.

2. Skaters shall not dig, spray, chip, throw or otherwise expel ice or snow within the skating area.

3. The following shall be prohibited in the skating area: 

Food and beverage items; 

Tobacco products; 

Hockey equipment, including hockey sticks, pucks and nets; 

Street shoes


4. Skaters under the age of five shall be under adult supervision while in the skating area. The ice rink does not have designated supervisors. Skaters shall skate at their own risk.

Failure to abide by the rules and regulations of the ice rink could result in enforcement actions against you.

Lost Items and Reporting Misconduct:

The City of Mount Pleasant is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items.

Report damage or acts of abuse to Mt. Pleasant Parks and Recreation at (989) 779-5331 or Police Anonymous T.I.P. Line at (989) 779-9111. In case of emergency call 911.