Community, police to share holiday ice time

LINCOLN PARK – Ice skaters haven’t yet taken to frozen outdoor surfaces during a warmer than usual December, but community skaters are invited to free rink time in the company of Lincoln Park police for a “Cops Care Skate Date.”

Admission is free to skaters from noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 21 at Lincoln Park Community Center, 3525 Dix. Ice time with some of the city’s officers includes a free hot dog, bag of chips and small drink courtesy of the Police Department, Lincoln Park Neighborhood Watch Program, Community Center and Lincoln Park Goodfellows.

Organizers said a limited number of skates will be available for rent for $3. The holiday party afternoon will include games, prizes and special guests during an event designed to bring the public together with police.

The Lincoln Park Neighborhood Watch Program serves in partnership with the Lincoln Park Police Department through interactive community policing efforts and initiatives. Launched in the early 1990s, the program serves as “eyes and ears” for local police, with two officers assigned as coordinators.

The program declined in recent years following budget cuts in the financially challenged city. Revival efforts have included a signage initiative to identify participating neighborhoods. The Lincoln Park Neighborhood Watch Program is seeking membership, including block captains.

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