Despite warm temps outside, it’s winter at the ice rink

By Maura Wery

With the weather outside far from frightful, those looking to enjoy winter activites can now participate in one: ice skating.

The local ice rink at Wefald Pavilion in City Park opened its doors on Monday, and director Kelly Cook said 60-65 people came through to put on their skates and enjoy some fun on the ice.

Admission this year is $3, and the skate rental fee is also $3. For those who are looking to brush up on their ice-skating or hockey skills, the rink offers beginner and intermediate classes for $35 for youth over the age of 5, and teen and adult classes for $40. 

Regular vistors to the rink can purchase a punch card to save a few bucks. The card, which is similar to a Dillons or Walgreen’s card that goes on a keyring, can be purchased for $25 and is good for 10 admissions and/or skate rentals. The card saves frequent patrons $1 for each visit to the rink. They are available at the parks and recreation office,  1101 Freemont St. If a patron uses all $25, the cards can be reloaded with a credit card over the phone.

The rink will be open from 3 to 7 p.m. during weekdays and then 1 to 7 p.m. during weekends (and also on weekdays that school is not in session). The rink will be closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Cook said he isn’t sure what kind of numbers the rink will see this year, but doesn’t expect attendance at the rink to pick up until the winter weather is in full swing. 

Kelly said that not a lot has changed at the rink from last year, but one of the bigger events for the rink will be a free skate day on Martin Luther King Day.

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