A gift to the community, DRA’s ice rink at DRA Round Top Farm depends on Mother Nature for ice and numerous volunteers for ice maintenance. Completed in Fall 2011, the approximately 60’ x 130’ rink provides plenty of space for free skating and pick-up hockey games. Round Top’s old ice cream shack now serves as a warming hut on weekend afternoons. The rink is available free of charge, thanks to numerous contributions of time, funds, materials and expertise from DRA members, volunteers and local businesses (see below for a full list of who to thank!)
Rules & Regs
Hours: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Daily
Free of charge. Open to all. Welcome!
Rink “OPEN” or “CLOSED” will be posted on the Round Top Farm sign along Business Rt. 1, as well as on DRA’s Facebook page. When CLOSED sign is posted, no skating is permitted in order to protect the rink liner.
For Your Safety
- Use rink and property at your own risk. DRA does NOT represent the skating rink as ‘safe.’
- Pickup Hockey allowed only at the following times:
- Weekends – 7 a.m. to Noon
- Weekdays – Noon to 1:30 p.m.
- Under 18 must wear helmets
- No slapshots, body contact or lifting of puck
Shovels are available for cleaning ice, esp. after skating (thanks!)
Warming Shack open 1 to 4 p.m. weekends (depending on volunteer availability), hot chocolate available
Meet Matt Filler!
As the Ice Rink Committee Chairman, Matt’s the one who organizes crews every year to set up the rink framework and lay down the lining in the fall, and take it up and stow it all in the spring. He arranges for the fire department to fill the rink. He also personally visits the rink almost every day in the winter to check ice conditions and decide whether they’re OK for skating. He has also, along with other dedicated volunteers, spent countless hours on the rink behind a snow shovel. Thank you, Matt!
And be sure to thank…
Bowdoin College Athletics Department
Bristol Lions Club
The Carpenter’s Boatshop
Chadwick’s Power Products, Inc.
Chesebro Construction, Inc.
Colby & Gale, Inc.
Damariscotta Historical Society
Damariscotta River Grill
Damariscotta-Newcastle Lions Club
Damariscotta-Newcastle Rotary Club
Fred M. Sewall, Electrical Contractor
Great Salt Bay Sanitary District
H. Chester Wright, Inc.
Linwood D. Fraser, Inc.
Louis Doe Home Center
Lynch & Newman, LLC
Massasoit Engine Company
N.C. Hunt Lumber
Mid-Coast Energy Systems Inc.
Many thanks as well to the individual donors who made the community skating rink possible.