John Manke is an active former Bay View resident who is involved in numerous neighborhood organizations, including the Bay View Historical Society, the Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association and the Shore Shore Farmers Market. He believes Bay View has a fine tradition in its past that we do not want to lose in the future.
With this cold weather, the park lagoon has frozen over and ice skating and ice hockey are ready for playing. When I was younger, we used to go ice skating at Humboldt Park on the frozen lagoon. We would skate to some music played over the loudspeakers from the pavilion. People would help each other if somebody fell on the ice. One of the games played on the ice was crack-the-whip in which everybody held hands and tried to skate as one unit across the pond. We had a lot of fun in those days.
On other days, we would go to South Shore Park and skate on the frozen water area near the lower pavilion. They had an old jukebox playing "See you later alligator, afterwhile crocodile", "Rock around the clock" and other such tunes from the 50's and 60's. You could dance to the great music while you skated. The music made you relax and enjoy yourself. It was a different scene than at Humboldt Park. You had a smaller area to skate on. You had fun at either park.
Now they do not have music to skate with. They need more lights for the lagoon so you can see farther. I don't see the skating area at South Shore Park anymore. The jukebox is long gone from there. Due to a shortage of park workers little can be done to expand the skating at the park. We can't live in the past anymore.. Today is a new day.