ASHLAND, Ore. -- The Ashland Rotary Centennial Ice Rink opens at 4:30 p.m., today.
About 20,000 skate at the Ashland rink each winter. The City said they actually start making plans for the rink during June or July each year. Tubes run through the ground beneath the ice and get it really cold. Then, the city sprays and freezes layers of water to build the ice rink.
The City of Ashland said their rink is special because it's outside, right next to Lithia Park. That means people can enjoy nature, even during the winter.
"By having the cover here and having the ice down, people can enjoy being bundled up and coming outside to skate," said Recreation Manager Lonny Flora. "It's just a good mood."
You can rent skates at the rink. For more information about skate rentals and admission prices click here.
The rink will also be hosting an entire day of hockey and ice skating activities on December 14 for the First Frost Event. To learn m ore about that event click here.
Learn to Skate
People can also learn how to skate at the Ashland Rotary Centennial Ice Rink. Anyone can sign up for the Learn to Skate Program, no matter how old they are.
Tiny kids, who are three years and older, will learn about the skating basics. Skating students who are six and older can learn about more advanced skills, such as spins.
Skating coaches said they're planning to make lessons even more fun this year. They're planning to use hula hoops and toys during lessons. For the first time, these students will be able to skate in the First Frost event. That way, they'll get a chance to show off everything they've learned.
A lot of Ashland locals said skating feels magical.
"Ice skating in general feels like the closest I can get to flying," said skating coach Sarah Canfield. "When I skate out on the rink, I feel the wind in the air and it feels as if I'm not on earth anymore."
Each lesson is twenty minutes long with ten minutes of practice time. Students will get a total of six lessons that will be taught by a trained instructor. To sign up for the Learn to Skate Program click here.