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Visitors to park warned about ice skating at basin

January 14, 2004|by

With the recent bout of frigid weather, the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park is cautioning visitors about ice skating safety on the canal.

In Western Maryland, including at the Cushwa Basin in Williamsport, ice skating is permitted only at one's own risk, according to Kathy Sholl, public affairs assistant.

She said park staff doesn't monitor ice conditions and, therefore, ice skaters should check the ice themselves. A thickness of at least 4 inches is recommended for safe skating, Sholl said.

A recorded message regarding ice skating on the C&O Canal for the Montgomery County, Md., and the Washington, D.C., region is available by calling 301-767-3707.

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In those two locations, when ice is at least 4 inches thick, park rangers will post signs that read, "Ice Skating at Your Own Risk."

Sholl said that if the signs read "Unsafe Ice," or if there are no signs posted, visitors are advised to stay off the ice.

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