Families enjoyed “Winter Blast” at MLK rink

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Many people bundled up and hit the ice at the Martin Luther King Jr. ice rink on Saturday.

In the summer, it’s a five acre splash pad but once the weather gets cold enough, old fashioned pond skating is open to the public for free.

“This year the weather has been quite cooperative,” said Stephanie Crocket, the interim executive director of the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, said. “We saw a record number of skaters out this past weekend. It was triple the amount we had last year.”

To celebrate the “Winter Blast” grand opening, there were healthy activities for everyone.

“It is so important to be healthy in the winter and all year round. And I think Buffalonians like to embrace the cold. We’re a hearty folk, so we just bundle up and get out,” Cait Zulewski, community relations supervisor at Buffalo Cross Blue Shield of Western New York, said.

Even if you’re not the best skater, there’s an ice attendant at the rink. They’re available to help you with a few tips.

“We just hope that the community comes out and enjoys this. Whenever the lights are on at the rink that means that skating is going on. We hope we get the community out here every single day,” Crocket said.

If you want to check it out, the rink is open from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. It will also be on the weekends from noon to 5:30 p.m.

Skating is weather dependent. If you want to check out the conditions of the rink, call 716-838-1249 ext. 17.

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