NORWICH – Love it or loathe it, the time for winter recreation is right around the corner and in preparation, the city has exchanged the worn rug in the Borden Avenue ice skating facility with new flooring tiles that will bring a noticeable change to the building’s interior.
Hundreds of local residents take advantage of the skating rink every winter. In the past, skaters have freely moved in and out of the skating rink’s small building after warming up on cold winter days, unintentionally damaging the carpet and dulling the blades of ice skates. Further damage was caused by melting snow and growing mold and mildew underneath the carpet. This led the city to replace carpeting a couple times in the last several years, said Bob Mason, director of the city youth bureau and recreation, and it’s something that will be prevented with the new matting.