When Can We Skate on Tarrytown Lakes?

Four inches of clear ice is the goal, says Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

It's a question that people kept asking Tarrytown Lakes Committee member  Craig Allan during our now-breaking deep freeze,

"How thick does the ice need to be for skating?"

And the answer Allan offers on the Tarrytown Lakes’s Facebook page refers to The Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences water resources department, which says we're hoping for four inches of clear ice or 8 inches of white.

Clear ice is stronger than white (bubble filled) ice. Four inches of clear ice will support 2,000 pounds in a 30’ by 30’ space. It takes 8 inches of white ice to do the same thing.

Looks like we have longer to go (temperatures are expected to rise this week) for the elusive opportunity to ice skate on the Upper Lake.

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Patricia January 28, 2013 at 10:30 PM
I don't know when they will have skating allowed on the lakes but I would wait because I heard the police are arresting people for going out on the ice, weird, right. Its hard to imagine some kids getting arrested for skating on the ice.
Jaques Strape January 29, 2013 at 12:03 AM
Lock them up. They are putting first responders in jeopardy by going out there for their own selfish fun. Then the parents would sue the village for "letting them go out into a dangerous environment." Can't win now a days.
Patricia January 29, 2013 at 12:44 AM
Lock them up??? What is the charge? walking on ice. They are kids, how about just telling them to get off the ice.
Ronnie Levine January 29, 2013 at 01:19 AM
I hope it's safe for everyone sometime soon. I'd love to capture the rare fun in a second painting, maybe with a viewpoint closer to the skaters. Keep us posted, Krista!
Krista Madsen (Editor) January 29, 2013 at 02:15 AM
Would love you to share another painting with us, Ronnie!
Ronnie Levine January 29, 2013 at 07:09 AM
Thanks, Krista. I'm happy that my paintings pop up on Patch from time to time.


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