Denison On Ice is back again. The Denison outdoor ice rink will be open again for business beginning the day after Thanksgiving. The rink will be open from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. on opening day.
The after opening day, the rink will be open from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays when school is not in session and from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays when school is in session. The rink will be open from Friday until January 2, 2018.
“We have been told by the downtown stores that shoppers are a buzz about the ice rink this year,” Denison Main Street Director Donna Dow said. “It has really been a positive influence on the morale of shoppers downtown. Everyone is excited to have this back again.”
This is the second year for the ice rink which saw more than 9,000 skaters last year.
We hope that we will have around the same amount of skaters this year,” Dow said. “Between 9,000-10,000 would be great. We received a lot of good feed back from last year.”
While there are few changes to the rink from last year to this year, Dow said that this year’s experience may be a little different for rink patrons.
“This year, we have been working to make the whole process smoother behind the scenes,” she said. “We want the customer experience to be smooth. It will not be obvious to the customers the changes that we have made.”
It is $9 to skate for one hour. This includes the cost to rent skates. All skaters will have to sign a waiver and waivers this year will be electronic.
“Our waivers are available on our Facebook Page, Denison on Ice,” Dow said. “Also, watch Facebook for any last minute closings for bad weather or for information about rink conditions.”
Dow also said that Denison has been trying to cut back on overtime and would like to have more volunteers help with this year’s event.
“We feel like the activities we put on help bring traffic downtown,” she said. “We want to bring free and low cost events to downtown. We want to drive traffic to area businesses, bring better quality of life to the citizens of this area, and bring tourist into our town.”