Read in today’s paper that outdoor skating rink in Omaha is closing for the season. It is just open over the holidays. What a shame it doesn’t stay open longer. There are indoor ice skating rinks in the city but they don’t compare to skating outside. Skating was a big thing in Omaha back in the 50’s and 60’s. My dad would freeze a large portion of our back yard and had put flood lights on the back of the house so we could skate after dark. All the neighbor kids would skate till called to come home for supper. The older boys would play hockey on the street out front. When we got older and better skaters, and thought we would be in the Olympics if we had more space to practice, we would go skating at the original Deer Park pond at Riverview Park, complete with warming shack.
A group of kids would gather on
Saturday or Sunday afternoons with their shovels, if it had snowed. Had to
clear off the snow before you could skate.
But what fun. We had lots of space to practice our figure eights (remember
them in the Olympics) and spins. And, of course, the races to see who was the
fastest. We did, finally, start going to the indoor rinks when we realized we
didn’t have to shovel snow and didn’t have to wear all those winter clothes. Those
were the days. Now I worry about staying warm and accidentally slipping on the ice.
Oh how I wish my body could handle a spin on a skating rink now.
Actually, the pond is still there. But now it is called The Henry Dooley Zoo. One of the best in the nation/world. The Pond has an island, now called Monkey Island, with lots of monkeys in the summer months. And the pond is full of Koi