Seeley Lake Ice Rink open for fifth year

SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Ice Rink is ready for skaters.  

"The more the better," said Seeley Lake Regional Outdoor Center for Kinetic Sports (ROCKS) President Garry Swain. 

Located in the north baseball field behind Seeley Lake Elementary, the rink is open for free skate seven days a week and is lit until 9 p.m. There are free skates available in the shed that is unlocked 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. ROCKS asks that people only use the skates on the rubber mats in the dugout and on the ice and hang them back up when they are finished.

ROCKS started the Seeley Lake Ice Rink in December 2018. All sizes of figure and hockey skates are available at no cost. Volunteers do all the flooding and snow removal.

This year volunteers installed the boards to form the border of the rink Nov. 14. They packed the snow and then flooded over top of the snow. Swain said it was hard to get it to set up this year because the ground was not frozen when they started.  

"It is all weather dependant," Swain said. "The early cold helped a lot. Without that we would have been in trouble."

Swain said they have around eight volunteers that have worked on the rink this year including Seeley-Swan High School Intern Conner Chadwick. 

"This would not happen without him," Swain said.

Swain estimated they flooded the rink around 25 times since November, a process that usually takes around two hours or longer depending on the ice condition.  

"We would love to have more people use it," Swain said. 

For more information or to volunteer call Swain at 406-499-2966.


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