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ANY QUESTIONS: When is it safe to skate on Columbia park lakes?

Thursday, January 30, 2014 | 1:10 p.m. CST; updated 3:10 p.m. CST, Thursday, February 13, 2014

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With the weather fluctuating between single-digit and spring-like temperatures, the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department tweeted that it has received multiple calls asking about ice sports at Stephens Lake and Cosmo-Bethel parks.

Here is what we found:

According to the department's Twitter account, neither lake is open to ice sports because the ice is not thick enough. As of Thursday morning, the ice was only 1.5 inches thick in some areas.

To be considered safe, ice on the lake must measure 4 inches in various parts, including along the shore and in the center, said Tammy Miller, the public information officer for Parks and Recreation. During the past week, the ice at both parks measured about 3 inches in some places and also showed signs of cracking.

If the cold weather continues, Miller said the department would keep checking the ice.

Residents can check www.gocolumbiamo.com/ParksandRec or the department’s Twitter account, @CoMoParksandRec, for updates on the ice’s status. Signs are also posted at both parks. 


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