Unseasonable Warmth Deters Skating on Fawn Lake

December 30, 2022
A dog walking across Fawn Lake ice earlier this month. Staff Photo/Wayne Braverman

It’s a good thing Monday’s National Hockey League Winter Classic is at Fenway Park – and not at Fawn Lake in Bedford.

Ice on the man-made pond between Sweetwater Avenue and Springs Road, for decades a local skating destination, is not likely to survive prolonged daytime temperatures in the 50s beginning today.

Indeed, according to the state Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, regardless of the outdoor temperature, “no one can declare the ice to be absolutely ‘safe.’”

“The only safe ice is at a skating rink,” the agency says. “The thickness of ice on ponds and lakes depends upon water currents or springs, depth and natural objects. Changes in temperature cause ice to expand and contract, which affects its strength.”

Also, “Ice on moving water in rivers, streams and brooks is never safe,” the executive office advises.

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