FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Families can officially hit the ice this holiday season.
Headwaters Park ice skating rink opened for its 18th season on Saturday, but with a few changes to park policy because of COVID-19.
"We worked together with our sponsors, parks department and our board of directors," said Director of the Headwaters Park, Geoff Paddock. "We decided that it was important to go forward...this is a tradition."
Paddock says if skating attendance exceeds a 50% or 50 people capacity limit, some attendees will likely have to wait in their cars to maintain Governor Eric Holcomb's recent executive order and adhere to the guidelines set by the Allen County Health Department.
“Unfortunately we are not able to take reservations. It’s kind of first come, first serve," said Paddock. "We hope folks will understand that it’s worked well for 17 seasons, but with some help, we’ll all get through this.”
All skaters are required to wear masks and social distance as much as possible.
Paddock says he and ice rink staff will continue doing their part by sanitizing the skates and lobby areas.
Families are still encouraged to enjoy the holidays at the rink through its closing day, Feb. 28, 2021.
The rink will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, and is scheduled to close by 6pm on Christmas Eve.
However, hours of operation are subject to change due to COVID-19 circumstances.
For more information on hours of operation or free skate days for children under 14, contact the rink at (260) 422-7625 or Geoff Paddock at (260) 425-5745.