Skaters will throng the old college field this winter provided there is sufficient cold weather to freeze a coating of ice over a large municipal pond that is being constructed this week. Hundreds of boys and girls will hail the improvement with its promise of real fun when zero temperatures swing in from the North.
Mayor F. A. Steadman and his advisors decided several days ago to build a rink at Fourth and Butler streets and the college authorities promptly gave permission. A crew of men began operations there this week under direction of T. N. Fenn, park superintendent.
Several weeks ago the mayor and service director built a rink for West Side people, locating it at the Harmar playgrounds. There is a question if it will hold water as much of the bed is underlain with cinders, but continued cold weather will take care of that defect, it is believed, and if it works it will be a popular place.
The ice rink on the college campus is not an experiment as it was originally built under leadership of C. L. Flanders and other public-spirited men a number of years ago. It is large and will accommodate a large number of skaters.
About 20 men are being employed by the city in building the rink and the work thus provided will help some in reducing demands upon the public charity fund.