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RI Department of Environmental Management
235 Promenade St., Providence, RI 02908
(401) 222-2771 TDD/(401) 222-4462
DEM'S ICE INFORMATION LINE OPEN; NO SAFE ICE YET
PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management's 24-hour Ice Information telephone line for ice conditions at four state parks is now open. The number is 222-2632. DEM's Division of Parks and Recreation will provide information about Lincoln Woods State Park in Lincoln, World War II Memorial State Park in Woonsocket, Meshanticut State Park in Cranston, and Goddard Memorial State Park in Warwick.
As of today, there is no safe ice at Rhode Island state parks. Ice must have a uniform thickness of at least six inches before it is considered potentially safe for skating by DEM. It takes at least five to seven days of temperatures in the low 20s before ice may become safe, and even then, the strength of the ice is determined by a number of factors such as the size and depth of a pond, presence of springs or currents, and local temperature fluctuations.
DEM does not monitor ice conditions in local communities. Residents should contact their local recreation departments for skating opportunities and conditions in individual communities.
DEM has an ice safety guide that is available on line through DEM's web site at www.dem.state.ri.us by clicking on RI's Parks and then Special Programs; or by calling the Division of Parks and Recreation at 222-2632. Developed by DEM's Ice Safety Committee, the guide has safety tips, information on ice strength, and information on what to do if you or someone else has fallen through the ice. The first safety tip: never assume the ice is safe. Among the others: never skate alone or on an untested lake or pond; never use the ice for a shortcut; and never go out onto the ice after an animal or a toy. The guide also lists municipal ice skating rinks and their telephone numbers.