WESTFIELD, NJ — The first public skate of the season at the Westfield Rink will be held Saturday, the rink’s operators announced.
Initially set for Friday, the rink’s operators moved the first public session of the season for the outdoor skating rink back by one day to assure the quality of the ice, the Westfield Rink announced on its website. The session will be held at 3:00 p.m., organizers said.
“All parking for the rink should be in the parking lot across the street by the baseball building. All drop-offs and pickups of rink users must be in the baseball parking lot,” a notice on the site stated Friday. “There is no parking, stopping, standing, drop-off or pick up anywhere along South Chestnut Street.”
Admission for all public skate sessions is $10. The cost to rent skates is $5. Patrons can purchase access to 10 sessions at the rink for $85. Group rates are also available. Details are provided here on the rink’s website.
While many neighbors living near to the rink have objected to its return — something the Town Council approved 6-3 for this season and next — the rink has also drawn praise from the New Jersey League of Municipalities, which is slated to present town officials with its Innovation in Governance Award at its annual conference in Atlantic City on Nov. 20.
“Very proud that @TownOfWestfield is recipient of @NJ_League Innovation in Governance Award for the public/private partnership that brought The Westfield Rink to our community! #justgettingstarted,” said Mayor Shelley Brindle in a recent Tweet.
A project description submitted to the League about the rink states that the rink hosted 22,000 uses across 675 sessions in its first season. It states that Westfield residents accounted for 60% of the rink’s users in the first season — followed by people from Garwood, Cranford, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Springfield, Mountainside, Clark and municipalities from as far away as Chatham.
The project description notes the neighborhood concerns and the establishment of a committee comprised of neighbors, the rink’s operators and municipal officials from both Westfield and Garwood.
“While there was clear support and enthusiasm for the rink in the community, some residents in the site’s immediate vicinity have expressed concerns regarding traffic flow, parking, noise, lighting and aesthetics,” the description states. “As a result, a Rink Advisory Committee was established.”