Pop-up skating: Ice rink coming to Sherman Green
Published 12:00 am, Friday, February 10, 2017
FAIRFIELD — The town has seen a lot of “pop-ups” recently, and later this month, it can add a pop-up ice rink to that list.
Thanks to the philanthropic owner of Saugatuck Sweets, Al DiGuido, Sherman Green will be the site of an ice rink for three days, starting Feb. 24. The admission fee is $10, which covers a 30-minute session and skate rental. All profits will go to two charities, Al’s Angels and LIVFREE.
DiGuido is looking for some other local businesses to step up and help cover the cost of providing the event, so more of the profits can be donated. Saugatuck Sweets’ Facebook page is looking for $500 donations to help defray the costs. Those donations would be tax deductible.
And while the weather has been a roller coaster these days — in the 60’s one day and a snowstorm the next — it won’t affect the “ice.” That’s because the rink will be made up of a synthetic ice, according to Recreation Director Anthony Calabrese.
Calabrese said he’s excited about the upcoming ice rink and said it could serve as a test run. “I’d like to see us have a seasonal ice rink somewhere,” he said.
Years ago, the town debated the possibility of an enclosed ice rink on the property behind Fairfield Ludlowe High School, but it was shot down.
More recently, there has been a discussion of the installation of a seasonal rink, similar to one in Westport, at the H. Smith Richardson Golf Course.
Calabrese said it seemed like a no-brainer to grant DiGuido permission to use the green, especially since all proceeds are going to charity.
He said that they don’t think the rink will cause any damage to the green, but added that the town will be digging up the green this spring to install new drainage in an effort to correct flooding conditions at the Post Road and Sherman Street.
Tickets for the ice skating sessions are purchased in advance at either the Fairfield or Westport Saugatuck Sweets locations. There will also be music, hot chocolate and snacks, and warming tents during the skating sessions.