While no definite statement has been made by the Corporation, it is understood that they opposed the petition unanimously. The chief objections were: the late time of the year for beginning a scheme which would be essentially experimental; the liability to injure the field by embankments for the pond, and by the extensive drainage required; the liability to kill the grass by so much ice; the apparently deficient estimate of the expense of the work; and the inconvenience to those who have to cross the field. The Corporation has never been in favor of enclosures where admission is paid, and they felt that a skating pond on Holmes Field, run like a common rink, would be sadly out of harmony with the surroundings.
Skating on Holmes Field.
The second petition to flood Holmes Field for a skating pond was refused by the Corporation at their last meeting. With this final decision the project will have to be abandoned.