DARIEN \u2014 While last week\u2019s frigid weather may have numbed some toes, it was also the welcome sign that Gorham\u2019s Pond was ready for ice skating. On Sunday afternoon literally hundreds of people took to the ice\u2014hockey players, figure skaters, kids on sleds, kids on chairs, kids on parent\u2019s shoulders, and more. \u201cIt\u2019s like a park, but it\u2019s on the water,\u201d observed John O\u2019Connell, 10, of Darien, who did some skating with his brother, Tommy, 13. \u201cI would just say it\u2019s fun to the watch the boys,\u201d their mom, Mary O\u2019Connell, observed, \u201cgood, old-fashioned fun.\u201d Word is that the expansive pond needs three days or more where the temperature doesn\u2019t rise above freezing in order to solidify. And given its moving connection to the nearby Long Island Sound, it\u2019s the center that freezes first, with the very outside edges always remaining liquid. \u201cI didn\u2019t know so many people were skating here,\u201d observed Pat Devlin of Darien, who grew up in town but was still surprised by the vast number. \u201cIt\u2019s a great outing,\u201d he said, introducing his kids to the ice. \u201cI grew up here and we spent every winter here when I was little,\u201d explained Tripp Shriner of Darien. \u201cIt\u2019s been a while since it\u2019s been like this, so it\u2019s just amazing to be out here with the kids,\u201d he said. \u201cI like how it\u2019s outside and it\u2019s just really big,\u201d noted Addie Rhodes, 12, of Darien, who is usually skating indoors with her Ice Cats hockey team. \u201cI like to go skating with my sister,\u201d noted Madeline Heissan, 11, of Darien. \u201cI think it\u2019s just right.\u201d \u201cIt\u2019s just good old-fashioned fun,\u201d observed Diana Ryan of Darien, who was out with her kids. \u201cI like that,\u201d she said. \u201cNo electronics.\u201d Gorham\u2019s Pond is supported by the Friends of Gorham\u2019s Pond. Previously, the town\u2019s organized holiday caroling at the pond. It is home to various aquatic birds and other wildlife, including swans.