A gift to the community, Damariscotta River Association’s ice rink at Round Top Farms in Damariscotta depends on Mother Nature for ice and numerous volunteers for ice maintenance.
Since 2011, the approximately 60-by-130-foot rink has provided plenty of space for free skating and pickup hockey games. The rink is available free of charge, thanks to numerous contributions of time, funds, materials, and expertise from DRA members, volunteers, and local businesses. When volunteers are available to staff it, Round Top’s old ice cream shack serves as a warming hut on weekend afternoons. Inside, skates of all sizes are available to borrow at no cost.
To protect the rink liner, volunteers monitor ice conditions daily to decide whether it’s OK to skate on. If the rink is closed, it will be posted on the Round Top Farm sign along Business Route 1, as well as on DRA’s Facebook page.
Volunteers are always needed to help shovel off the rink when it snows, to staff the warming hut on weekends, and to help set up and take down the rink in fall and spring. To learn more or to volunteer, email Jesse Ferreira at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 563-1393.