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Crystal Lake parks offer ice skating, sledding activities throughout winter

CRYSTAL LAKE – From ice skating to sledding, city parks are offering a variety of winter activities.

The Crystal Lake Park District monitors winter activity areas daily to check that it’s safe for residents, according to a news release from the district.

Ice thickness at the city’s two ice rinks – one at Main Beach, 300 Lake Shore Drive, and the other at West Beach, 2330 Lake Ave. – is estimated with measurements taken from six locations.

Ice must be at least 5 inches thick to allow public skating, according to the district.

Information on park closings can be found at rainoutline.com/search/dnis/8154104475.

Residents also can sled at Veteran Acres Park near Route 176 and Walkup Avenue.

Main Beach and West Beach are open from 9 a.m. to dusk, and both have lighted skating areas from 4 to
9 p.m. Restrooms only are available at Main Beach.

Sledding is permitted from dawn to dusk, and lighted sledding areas are available from 4 to 9 p.m.

Restrooms and shelters are available at Veteran Acres Park.

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