Cold Shuts Down Some Local Rinks; Mpls. Goes Against Grain

Posted at: 01/21/2013 8:33 PM
Updated at: 01/21/2013 10:51 PM
By: Todd Wilson

During the day Monday Michael Higgins is out at Edgecumbe Park in St. Paul playing a bit of hockey. He says, he's usually out for a couple of hours at a time, so he makes sure he is dressed appropriately.     

"I've got a wool cap right here. Then I've got my wife's wool cap and then I've got underneath, two polar fleeces," Higgins said.

At the time of his interview the temperature read negative six. It didn't take long for several kids to show up and join him in crashing the nets. For these kids, cold weather is hockey weather.

"I've been out in the weather plenty of times when it's freezing cold, no problem," hockey player Elijah Decoster said.

For a number of parks and recreation departments in cities around the metro area like Bloomington and St. Paul among others it is a different story. Posted on their web sites was this message, "Rinks will close if the air temperature is -10° f or below or if the wind chill factor is -20° f or below."

There is one city that has decided to buck the trend and stay open during this time, the city of Minneapolis.

These broom ball teams at McRae Park are loving the fact that the lights at Minneapolis Parks with rinks will stay on until 10 Monday night.

"Been in the office all day so it's good to get outside," Andrew Birkholz said.