Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust’s community skating rink, a fixture of Damariscotta’s winter landscape since 2011, is on hiatus for the season. Time is needed to raise funds to replace the rink’s worn-out liner and to recruit many additional volunteers to keep the rink in shape for skating. Coastal Rivers is also seeking a volunteer coordinator for the ice rink. The rink consists of plastic boards and a rugged plastic liner that is filled with water once the weather becomes cold enough to freeze it. The liner is expensive and wears out after several years, or more quickly when people skate on the ice when it’s not fully frozen. Though volunteers monitor the ice daily and close the rink when conditions aren’t right, skaters often ignore the closure signs, resulting in damage. To keep the rink free and available to the community, Coastal Rivers relies on committed volunteers to set up the framework in the fall and lay out the liner, fill it, clear the snow after every storm, monitor the rink daily to determine whether conditions are right for skating, keep the ice smooth and skatable, and disassemble the structure in the spring. To learn more or to volunteer, email Jim Grenier at jgrenier@ or call 563-1393. To contribute to the purchase of a new liner, email Steven Hufnagel at