400 Block ice rink preparations underway

Curtis Aderholdt,  a WAOW photo journalist.

Curtis Aderholdt, a WAOW photo journalist.

WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) — As of Thursday, initial layers of ice were visible at the 400 block.

However, there’s more work to be done before skaters can try it out.

The Marathon County Parks Department reports they’ve been working quickly on it due to the lower temperatures this week.

Employees say the lack of snow underneath the ice will make it more difficult to maintain.

“Right now you can clearly see the concrete and the turf underneath showing through,” Operation Manager Bob Stephens said. “So, we’re going to be monitoring it on a daily basis, making sure that it’s safe for the public to use.”

Stephens and his fellow employees hope to have it finished before the upcoming Winterfest event, which takes place downtown at the end of the January.

He added that the completion of the rink is dependent on upcoming weather.