Manhattanites may have noticed a sign on the door of the ice-skating rink recently saying it is closed until further notice, but the rink should reopen today.
The closure happened last weekend when staff noticed something was wrong with the sewer.
“Nothing (is) wrong with the ice,” said Curt Loupe, director of the Department of Parks and Recreation. “But there was a problem with the sewer line feeding into building backing up.”
He said the line started backing up after a construction company hired to install fiber-optic lines for the traffic control system last fall damaged the old clay-tile pipe.
He said the company that installed the line has been working hard to fix it, especially with rain in the forecast for Thursday. Should the line not be fixed before it rains, the repairs would have to be delayed until the water can be pumped out of the hole.
Loupe said it would be interesting to see how the contractor fixed the sewer line because it is made out of clay, not PVC like today’s sewer lines. But as of Tuesday afternoon, he said repairs looked like they were going well and the rink should reopen today.
The rink’s normal operating hours are 3-7 p.m. weekdays and 1-7 p.m. weekends. The cost is $3 per person to skate, and $3 for skate rental. The rink will also be holding a Free Skate Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Jan. 21 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The ice rink season ends Feb. 28.