Free skate offered at Wilson Park Ice Arena due to heat

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MILWAUKEE -- Wednesday marked the second day this week a heat advisory was issued for southeastern Wisconsin, and heat indices were again in the triple digits. Folks looking to escape the heat Wednesday visited the Wilson Park Recreation Center, where they had two options available -- the water, and the ice!

The pool at the Wilson Park Recreation Center was 80° on Wednesday, while the ice rink was 20°!

Jessica Breiling and her four boys joined dozens of others for a free-admission day on the ice.

"Given the unpredictability of the weather today and not knowing if it was gonna rain, and the unexpected humidity, this was a nice way to show off our parks. We're indoors and it's a break from the heat. It's a great chance for people to get out and discover something they didn't know was there," Dan Roddy with the Milwaukee County Parks System said.

Heather Williams didn't know about Wilson Park's ice rink, but her husband and granddaughter did!

"I think what got them out here was the free skate," Williams said.

The free skate was popular Wednesday for those looking to stay active and avoid the heat.

"My mom gave me some choices and I picked ice skating because it's more fun and it's cool in here," Breaunna Prince said.

The free skate continues until 8:00 p.m. Wednesday.

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