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Lock 3 winter activities continue in January

1/3/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

Having fun on the Reindeer Run attraction at Lock 3 Dec. 31 are Kelly Vance (in front), Clayton McMurray, 17 (in back), and Maelani Fowler, 11.
Photo: Dale Dong
DOWNTOWN AKRON — Whatever the weather, ice skating and sledding will be available at Lock 3 Park through this month.

Tish Jernigan, Akron’s downtown operations coordinator, said the rink and Reindeer Run sled hill will continue to be open for use through Jan. 27.

In addition, special events will take place this season, starting with the Firefighters Chili Challenge Jan. 11 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event benefits Akron Children’s Hospital’s Burn Unit.

For $5, diners receive four tickets, with each ticket good for a sample of chili from one of the contest entries. A full bowl of chili is four tickets.

Local safety forces, city officials and other downtown businesses will enter their best chili in the contest, Jernigan said.

That weekend, Jan. 12-13, also will feature ice-carving demonstrations from students at The University of Akron from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“They practice down here for competitions later in the season,” Jernigan said.

Also taking part occasionally in the coming months at Lock 3 are community pancake breakfasts. Local community groups hold the breakfasts as fundraisers, Jernigan said. So far this season, events are planned Jan. 26 and March 2. Jernigan said local groups interested in hosting a breakfast should call Lock 3 for more information.

She added that attendance at Lock 3’s rink and sled hill over the holidays was high.

“We’ve had good attendance,” she said. “We’re about equal to last year’s attendance, which is good considering the weather has been not as nice as last year.”

When the weather doesn’t cooperate for sledding and skating at natural sites like area parks, Lock 3 can help fill a void with its artificial ice rink, she said. The sled hill is an all-season polymer coated slide designed for children younger than 14.

Reindeer Run is $3 for 30 minutes of sled time. Only sleds available at Lock 3 can be used on the hill, city officials said. To use the hill, visitors must check in at the skate rental desk, where they will be assigned a time slot to use the hill. Adults may accompany children on the slide.

The sled hill will be open on Thursdays and Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.

Ice skating at the rink is free, with skate rental available for $3. The rink is attended Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Both attractions also will be open on Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 21, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In addition, the Akron History Exhibit and American Toy and Marble Museum will be open at Lock 3 Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Lock 3 concession stand also will be open.

Lock 3 is located at 200 S. Main St. For additional information, call 330-375-2311 or visit the website www.lock3live.com.

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