UPDATED: Cold temperatures postpone New Year’s New Haven Polar Ride but not Fort Wayne’s ball drop, Indiana park hikes

Frigid temperatures are postponing or altering some outdoor activities. (News-Sentinel.com file photo)

This story has been updated with changes to the Fort Wayne ball drop.

The 22nd annual Polar Bikers Ride scheduled for Monday on New Year’s Day has been postponed because of road conditions and frigid temperatures. The ride will be held at 12:15 p.m. Jan. 6.

For more details, see below:

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The National Weather Service is predicting bitterly cold temperatures will return this weekend and continue through

much of next week.

That’s prompted organizers of the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop to make some changes.

The ball drop and fireworks will still take place at midnight Sunday evening at Parkview Field. However, the live entertainment by bands and plans for food trucks have been canceled.

To keep attendees out of the cold, all parking lots in front of Parkview Field at Ewing and West Brackenridge streets will be opened at 7 p.m. so they can watch the events from the warmth of their vehicles. Attendees who want to see the ball drop are encouraged to come 10-11:30 p.m. to ease traffic backups.

Those unimpressed by the projected ball drop at last year’s first downtown New Year’s party will see an actual ball drop Sunday. The 8-foot in diameter, low-polygon ball is made from translucent acrylic plastic, and will be lighted by over 380,000 lumens of LEDs. The ball will be hoisted 80 feet over the corner of Baker and Ewing streets and lowered by a crane to ring in the new year, according to the website, https://fwballdrop.com.

The opening ceremony and lighting of the tower will take place at 8 p.m. Everything remains the same for those who bought tickets to the Official Indoor Gala to be held in the Suite Level Lounge.

Despite the cold, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ First Day hikes will still be held Monday at all 32 Indiana State Park properties.

However, hikers will see a few adjustments.

•The hike at Falls of the Ohio State Park will be either on the Woodland Trail or at another location because the ice on the fossil beds may be treacherous.

•The Versailles State Park hike will be about a mile instead of the originally planned 4 miles.

•Indiana Dunes State Park is still doing the 3-Dune Challenge hike, but will also offer a shorter hike at the same time.

•Spring Mill State Park’s hike will be a mile instead of 2.5 miles, but will still be rugged.

•Brookville Lake’s hike will remain the same, but the trivia hike at nearby Whitewater Memorial State Park will be a half-mile instead of the originally planned 2.5 miles.

More information on First Day events in Indiana, including other last-minute changes, see the DNR calendar at calendar.dnr.IN.gov or check the Facebook page of the property you plan to visit.