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Hit the Ice this Winter

As this oddest of years comes to a close, if there has been one constant it has been the desire to get outdoors. All across the country and in Hartford and Connecticut as a whole, golf courses have been full, state parks have been full, hiking trails have never seen so many feet.

But just because the temperatures are now freezing doesn’t mean we all have to be cooped up inside. In this blog, let’s explore how our Park Place Towers residents can get out and lace up their skates for some winter fun despite this stubborn virus.

Professional and College Ice Hockey

While it may not work out this winter thanks to the virus, Park Place residents can see lots of great hockey within just a five- or six-minute drive or about 30 minutes on foot. At the XL Center, you can attend games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL. This team is the number one farm team for the New York Rangers, so you’ll see NHL talent groomed for their final auditions right here in Hartford. Right now, the Wolf Pack is looking to start its 20/21 season on February 5. Of course, that could change depending on how this virus plays out.

At XL, you can also see the UConn men’s ice hockey team. There isn’t a start date for their season as of yet.

About five or six minutes south, you can hit Koeppel Community Sports Center, home of the Trinity Bantams, an NCAA Division III team. As with UConn, their 2021 schedule hasn’t been released yet.

Open ice skating

Just as with golf and other outdoor events this summer, it’s sure to be a busy, socially distanced, winter on the local outdoor ice rinks around here. Simsbury Farms is renowned for its outdoor ice facility, regardless of the temperatures (they have refrigeration). The Bushnell is right in downtown and offers free outdoor skating as the weather allows. Winding Trails in Farmington opens as soon as Waldon Pond freezes to six inches. Same is true with Eastbury Pond in Glastonbury, and Beaverbrook Linear Park in Weathersfield.

This is a great resource for outdoor ice and other resources for Connecticut kids and kids at heart. It’s the Mommy Poppins site, and it lists rinks and other activities by area. Here’s the link.

Until then, enjoy the holidays at Park Place Towers. This year everything’s a little odd, but, as with all things, this virus too shall pass. If you have any questions about leasing at Park Place, give us a call at (860) 951-3400.