ASHLAND, Ore. — Today, the first day of skating at the Ashland Rotary Centennial Ice Rink will begin. Ashland Parks and Recreation has been preparing since early this morning for the “soft open.”
This year, there’s a new cover on the Ashland Ice Rink. The Ashland Parks and Recreation Department says they had the funding this year to replace the old cover that had been hit about 7 years ago by an oak tree.
According to the Parks and Recreation Department, the cover costs about $251,000. It was paid for by property taxes. It’s durable enough to last through tough weather, and keep the rink open, which is a big draw for visitors to the Ashland area.
“It’s definitely winter time, you know it’s a good draw in the community this time of year. It’s a draw to the park and downtown Ashland, and it’s just a great community event,” said Recreation Superintendent Rachel Dials.
The soft opening today and tomorrow will allow open skating from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the evening and there will be adult hockey from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Opening day is Saturday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the evening.
There will be some opening day highlights, including a DJ, performances from the southern Oregon Figure Skating Club, 3-on-3 hockey exhibitions, and Chilly the Snowman.