Ice melt at D.C. rink leaves skaters longing for colder winter

(WTOP/Allison Keyes)
Thanks to days of rain and abnormally high temperatures, the ice isn’t what it ought to be Canal Park Ice Rink in Washington, D.C., as seen in this photo take Dec. 26, 2015. (WTOP/Allison Keyes)

By Allison Keyes

WASHINGTON — Normally at this time of year, the Canal Park Ice Rink and other outdoor rinks in the D.C. area are packed. But this holiday weekend, thanks to days of rain and abnormally high temperatures, the ice isn’t what it ought to be.

“Right now the ice is kind of melted,” says Mariame Diallo, an employee at the rink. “We have some spots that are kind of gone so you can see the concrete.”

Employees were spraying the ice with a hose, but there were so many bare spots the rink was closed part of Saturday.

One mom, who brought her two daughters to skate, said she was disappointed and isn’t pleased with the warm weather.

“I like it cold for Christmas, for ice skating and snow,” she says.

The rink on M Street Southeast is set to be open, ice permitting.

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