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Thompson Park opens outdoor skating rink

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Thompson Park opens outdoor skating rink
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After many years of trying to bring an outdoor skating rink back to Thompson Park, people are finally lacing up in Watertown. YNN's Carmella Mataloni has the story.

WATERTOWN, N.Y. — The frigid air might be too cold for some, but it was perfect for people in Watertown to test out Thompson Park's new outdoor skating rink.

"I want to skate forward and I want to skate fast," said six-year old McKenna Lee.

"We decided to get here and to be outdoors. I mean instead of being inside, which you're normally in all day, to get outside and do something is awesome," said Jamie Lee, Brownville resident.

The 100-foot rink sits right outside the park's pool house. Leaders say they wanted to make one last year, but the warm weather melted away their plans. Now they are happy have a piece of nostalgia in place.

"I think doing one of these outdoor rinks at Thompson Park, I think is a tip of the hat to the way things used to be and I think it gives kids and families a chance to get outdoors," said Watertown Mayor Jeff Graham.

Park officials worked on the rink for many days; flooding the space with water and waiting for it to freeze. It offers a place to warm up and lights for nighttime skating, but there are some things you'll need to have with you.

The only thing the ice rink doesn't offer is a skating rental, so you have to be sure to bring your own. Those who did bring their skates say this is the perfect way to spend a sunny winter day.

"It's more fun than sledding," said six-year old Haylee Dudo.

"We wanted something to do in the day to get out here. We knew it was going to be a little cold but we knew the sun was going to be out so we are just hoping the kids have fun," said Lee.

Officials say they will work to keep the three-inch-thick sheet of ice in good condition, so that everyone in town can enjoy the time old winter tradition.

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