Winterfest has become region’s largest winter event

Just past the park office to the left something new lies waiting.

Nestled behind the Environmental Learning Center at Chapman State Park, a new ice skating pond is rounding out winter recreation opportunities at the park.

The pond, said Park Manager Jim McCorkle, provides a venue for activities not entirely suitable for Chapman Lake.

McCorkle said work began last year on the site and included installation of lighting, which allows the pond to remain open until 9 p.m.

While the pond is open to the public when weather permits, the site can expect heavy usage in late January, specifically on Jan. 19 and 20 during Warren County Winterfest.

According to the Winterfest website, the 2013 event has big plans for the little pond, including:

Open skating from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Saturday and from noon until 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Learn to skate lessons from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Sunday.

A skating demonstration by the Warren Champions on Ice at 1 p.m. on Saturday.