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Visitors warned to keep off ice as ponds drained

Hudson city officials lower the water level in the ponds each winter. (Source: WOIO) Hudson city officials lower the water level in the ponds each winter. (Source: WOIO)
Visitors are warned to keep off the ice. (Source: WOIO) Visitors are warned to keep off the ice. (Source: WOIO)
Neighbors say the ponds are popular, and visitors respect the rules. (Source: WOIO) Neighbors say the ponds are popular, and visitors respect the rules. (Source: WOIO)
HUDSON, OH (WOIO) -

While we're trying to get through these cold and snowy days, one community is already preparing for the eventual melting snow and ice.

Those who live in Hudson know all about the ponds next to the Barlow Community Center, which are ice covered during winter. They are gorgeous and enjoyed by residents year round.

The city is now slowly lowering the water level in the ponds to provide additional space for water runoff as temps warm up and snowfall turns into rain. As the water is lowered, it creates an empty space between the ice cap on the pond and the water below. 

It's a dangerous combination if you attempt to walk on the ice. No one is ever allowed on the ice, according to the city, which neighbors say everyone obeys. 

"People mostly walk their dogs back there. There are a couple kids who sled ride down the hill. It's just a beautiful pond and all the neighborhood people actually even drive to walk around the pond. It's beautiful," said Mary Kay Haneline, who lives by the ponds.

Hudson lowers the water in the ponds each winter.

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