Springfield city leaders are warning residents that the ice on the city’s lakes and ponds is not as safe as it may seem.
According to Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno and Executive Director of the Parks, Building, and Recreation Management Patrick Sullivan, the recent snow and unseasonably cold weather gives the false impression that the ice is safe to walk on.
Sarno and Sullivan said although the weather is cold, temperatures have not been cold long enough for the ice to be safe enough.
Due to moving water, it is required that ice on lakes and ponds in Springfield be at least eight inches thick before being considered safe. Currently, Sarno and Sullivan said, there are less than two inches of ice with many areas still having open water.
Sarno and Sullivan are encouraging parents and guardians to tell their children to stay off the ice and education them about the dangers of unsafe ice.
A copy of the Springfield Ice Safety Brochure can be found here. For questions about ice safety call the Recreation Division at 413-787-6434 Monday through Friday.