Ice Skating, ca. 1890

Ice Skating, ca. 1890

Around the turn of the 20th century, Riverside Park was a popular spot for recreation in all seasons. Click here to see a summer image of Riverside Park. Riverside Park was a popular spot for ice skating in the winter. The image above shows a very large crowd of people partaking in the winter activity. The city parks department would often clear the snow from the river to make skating possible, which may have been the case in this image.

Toledoans have a complicated relationship with ice on the Maumee River. For many it provided the ability for recreational activities like ice skating and ice boating. It had a darker side as well. Click here to learn about ice jams on the Maumee River. 


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