The joy of a white Christmas is not a blessing everyone can experience. Lack of snow and cold needn’t stop would-be skaters from experiencing a winter wonderland in the form of an outdoor skating rink, though.
Living in warmer climates does not mean your business or community can’t benefit from an outdoor skating rink. Synthetic ice panels from KwikRink Synthetic Ice snap together in minutes, can be cleaned with a broom and a mop, and still provide the feel of real ice.
If you think buying a synthetic ice rink is cost-prohibitive, look into their rent-to-buy program. Renting a rink is a great way to test out the concept and then purchase the materials you need.
KwikRink Synthetic Ice has set up rinks all around the United States for the holidays. Here are just a few that you can check out if you happen to be in the area.
See for yourself all the innovative ways businesses and communities have incorporated ice rinks into areas where you wouldn’t think possible. Then, give KwikRink a call to get started right away on your synthetic ice rink rental.
The Farmington Convention and Tourism Bureau came up with the idea of an ice rink to help draw business into the downtown area during the chillier months. The problem was that wintertime in Missouri still isn’t always cold enough for a traditional ice rink.
KwikRink Synthetic Ice to the rescue! Supplying a few pallets of synthetic ice panels that snap and lock together like puzzle pieces was the perfect solution. Throw in some decorative fencing and rental skates (though everyone can use their own skates as well), and presto–residents and visitors have established a new wonderful winter tradition.
To make this idea even better, volunteers from different organizations staff the rink each night. That means skating is offered to the public for free. The volunteer groups get to take a portion of the skate rental fees and refreshment sales back for their fundraising efforts.
Create a new winter tradition, offer charitable organizations a way to raise some much-needed funds, and revitalize a business community – now that’s a way to make a synthetic ice rink work for everyone!
Season: now through the end of February 2020
- Monday – Thursday, 5-9 pm (through January 5 only)
- Fridays, 5-9 pm
- Saturdays, noon – 9 pm
- Sundays, noon – 6 pm
Admission: $0, skate rental $2 or bring your own
Address: Farmington Public Library
101 N. A Street (in the back parking lot)
Rink size: 112’ x 56’
Town of Dobson, NC
With average temperatures running between 30 and 50 degrees during the winter months, traditional ice rinks would be a bit of a lost cause in North Carolina. However, that didn’t stop the Town of Dobson from wanting to offer the traditional outdoor holiday activity.
They created an outdoor skating rink under an existing picnic shelter, and so far this season, they have received nothing but positive feedback on the venture.
They charge $5 for a 20-minute skating session, and that includes rental skates (visitors can also bring their own skates if they prefer). Visit Ice Skating in the Square for more info.
Season: now through January 19, 2020
- Fridays, 5-8 pm
- Saturdays and Sundays, 2-8 pm
Admission: $5 for 20 minutes, includes skate rental or bring your own
Address: Dobson Square Park
110 South Crutchfield Street
Rink Size: 60’ x 24’
Located in the Holiday Village, as part of the Magic of Lights event, a synthetic ice rink gives visitors one more reason to tour the lights, shop local businesses, and enjoy some traditional winter activities regardless of the temperature outside.
Over a million lights are on display, with themes varying from Sports to Christmas Around the World, to Enchanted Tunnels, that visitors can drive through. At the end of the light show, there is a Holiday Village with regional vendors and ice skating for all to enjoy.
A little rain or snow won’t mar the 60’ x 40’ surface, and the rink cleans up in a snap with a broom or mop if needed.
Season: now through January 4, 2020
- Sunday – Thursday, 5-10 pm
- Fridays and Saturdays, 5-11pm
Admission: Check out Magic of Lights for ticket information
Address: PNC Bank Arts Center
116 Garden State Parkway
Rink Size: 60’ x 40’
Your Town, USA
These are just some of the ways towns and businesses are incorporating skating rinks into their holiday venues around the country:
- Offering new attractions to draw visitors to existing business areas
- Allowing schools, churches, youth groups, and other charitable organizations to benefit by volunteering to run the rink and contributing a portion of the proceeds to their fundraising
- Adding a rink to an existing holiday venue to freshen up a tradition
- Converting existing park and rec facilities into skating areas where none existed before
Warmer temps are no longer a stopping point for setting up these traditional holiday activities. Where environmental factors would have prohibited these ventures in the past, the use of synthetic ice allows for a unique experience making your venue or event stand out from the others.
Glide up to 50 feet on one stride, skate backwards, and move effortlessly through skating transitions. No topical additives are needed and therefore no oily residue either. Skating on KwikRink Synthetic Ice is just like skating on the real stuff.
KwikRink’s rent-to-buy program is a great way to test out the concept. They offer:
- Custom-sized synthetic ice rink tailored to your needs
- Decorative fencing
- Rental skates
- Skate sharpeners
- Rubber matting
- On-site supervision and installation
At the end of the agreed-upon rental period, you can then purchase the specific materials you need going forward.
Visit these wonderful holiday venues and then start working with KwikRink Synthetic Ice now to get your next Winter Wonderland up and running.