When To Stay Off College Pond Ice: A Signage Review
Please note: this story has been updated as Tuesday January 26 at 12:45 pm. The Owl is not going to monitor ice conditions at College Pond so is clarifying the post.
On Monday morning January 25, Weston’s Recreation Department sent out communications by email and social media that College Pond was closed for ice skating. When it is closed, there is a large red sign that says “Danger. No ice skating”. I will presume that any folks who are out behind that sign either don’t know what an ice skate with a red line through it means or they have always wanted to meet the fire department and/or the police department. There is a reason for that signage even though it is a drag…
Last March, Captain (now Acting Chief) Tom Kelly of Weston Police had to rescue two dogs and their owner from Hobbs Pond at Cat Rock Park. It was not fun–or so I infer from his interview last year on the Owl. The people most likely to come out on rescues are fire department personnel…Don’t make the E-One fire trucks come out with their blimpy raft to save you. It’s embarrassing…and dangerous. Don’t be like Arlington or Lexington…you can read about recent rescues there. Our fire department has better things to do, at least according to Tacoma FD, still on HBO Max, still amusing me every single time.
You can find current conditions on the Weston town website or on Recreation’s facebook page. You can also look for the signage. Skate when you can, skip it if the Danger sign is up. Or just “you do you.” Pass the hot chocolate (sorry, warming hut is for sure closed this season).
Stay safe, Weston and visitors.