Does last week’s polar vortex have you in the mood for some good old-fashioned winter fun? Well, you’re in luck! A new outdoor ice skating rink is coming to Chattanooga’s riverfront for the first time ever. “Ice on the Landing” will be up and running by November 28th, which is also the night of the Lighted Boat Parade.
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If you’ve been downtown, you may have noticed crews hard at work: flags have been placed and spray paint has been applied, marking where the 50’ X 70’ rink will be located. It’s no small feat to turn our mild winter climate into a winter wonderland.
“So we have to make the sight lazer-level for instance, with tons and tons, literally, of sand,” Carla Pritchard, owner of Chattanooga Presents said. “And we have a fairly moderate climate here and so it takes 24 hour power to keep those chillers running, to keep the ice frozen.”
The Chattanooga outdoor ice rink is set to run through January 4th, although if the rink remains busy, it could stay open a few weeks longer.
For those of you who are intimidated by the thought of ice skating, Hockey Chattanooga players have volunteered to be at the rink and offer short lessons and advice to those who seek some help.
“They were happy, they were thrilled, when they found out we’re going to have a temporary ice rink,” said League Commissioner Brandon Bewley, “so that’s going to give them opportunity to help people learn how to skate on the ice.”
Wrtcb.com reports that tickets for Ice on the Landing will be $10 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. Tickets include skate rentals and two hours on the ice.
We at Mountain View Ford will be grabbing our skates and we hope to see you at the Chattanooga outdoor ice skating rink!