County Parks Division Reminds Public To Stay Off Ice At Ashley Pond

Ashley Pond is partially iced over. Photo Courtesy LAC


Los Alamos County Parks Division would like to remind the public to stay off the ice at Ashley Pond Park. Parks employees have received calls and complaints regarding children out on the ice, including one report of a child falling in, prompting the reminder. 

Parks Supt. Wendy Parker explains, “It is a safety concern for everyone involved.  During the winter months, the inconsistency of our temperatures, which occasionally climb above 50 degrees in the winter, creates thin ice at the pond. The pond is not designed for people to safely walk, skate, or ski on during the winter months when it freezes.”  The Parks and Open Space division has placed signs around the pond as a reminder to stay on the sidewalks or boardwalks and off the ice. 

Los Alamos County has the only NHL regulation outdoor ice rink, located just down the road in Los Alamos Canyon. Public skating is available seven days a week during the season, and rental skates and lessons are available. Visit the website at for more information about hours of operation and coming special events, or call 505-662-4500. 

Parker adds, “Don’t walk on thin ice! Keep yourself and those around you safe and stay off Ashley Pond.”