Monroe County residents, lace up your skates.

Today is the first day Stroudsburg's ice skating rink is open this winter season. The rink at 3rd Street Park will be open every day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., weather permitting. The rink was purchased in 2019 with funding from the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau to help boost tourism in the area. Officials say last year was too warm to break out the skates so they hope the community gets a lot of use from it this year.

"It's certainly an attraction, especially in the winter time when no kids can use any parks it's too cold. It gives everybody something to do and to look forward to," Brian Ace, Stroudsburg Borough's Director of Public Works, said.

Ace expects the rink to remain in place until March.