Helping make winter fun

A local ice skating rink offers community members a chance to have fun outdoors even through the cold embrace of winter.

The Carl Rhoer Ice Skating Rink at Nokomis park is open Saturdays and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. when the weather is not too hot for the ice to melt and not too cold or when there’s too much snow on the ice.

The rink is also open on weekdays. However, volunteers are needed to keep the rink open during the week for skaters both young and old to come out and enjoy the rink at no cost.

Volunteer Jim Mitchell said the rink is truly something to be proud of.

“There aren’t many open, public rinks like this around here,” Mitchell said. “The city and volunteers do a great job with it.”

Webster City Recreation and Public Grounds Director Kent Harfst said the rink is especially looking for someone to volunteer at the rink on Friday nights. Mitchell said volunteering is needed at the rink to ensure that there is an adult supervising the shelter. Volunteers also help manage the ice skates for visitors. Harfst said volunteers help keep the public winter sport going in Webster City.

“There are people of all ages and abilities doing it. It’s good exercise, and the best thing is that it’s free,” Harfst said.

The city provides the warming house, lighting, water, snow removal and staff for weekend afternoons to monitor the site, according to Mitchell. Volunteers are needed to help on weekend nights from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Those interested in volunteering can contact Fuller Hall at 832-9193.

A part of local history

Mitchell has been volunteering at the rink since new boards were installed in the winter of 1997 to 1998. He said the name of the rink comes from Carl Rhoer who was part of many Webster City hockey teams and gathered support from local businesses to rebuild the rink.

He played in the Ames men’s league until he was 89 in 2003 and passed away in 2008. The existing rink was then named in his honor.