Niagara Gazette — Recreation Department Director Mike Dashineau said the rink, which opened to the public Saturday to kick off its second year, is much improved from last year’s inaugural offering.
“We wanted to improve the quality of the ice,” he said. “We did a lot of site work in September when the War of 1812 reenactors were in the park. To make the ground level for the ice, we brought in sand to make it more flat.”
With the rink now open, public skates will run through Jan. 27, with hours of operation from 4-8 p.m. Mondays through Thursday, 4-10 p.m. Fridays, 1-10 p.m. Saturdays and 1-8 p.m. Sundays.
Skating is free except during private parties held before or after public skate times on Saturdays. Skate rentals are available for $5, while refreshments will also be served for a nominal fee.
Last year’s rink was also much smaller in size than the one Dashineau and his team have provided the public this year. The current rink is 45 feet by 125 feet, more than double the length of last year’s 40-foot by 60-foot surface.
With thousands of children and adults expected to take advantage of the rink this year, the team, which includes town board Member Michael Marra, was able to secure financial partners through sponsorships this year, bringing in more than $20,000 to help operate the temporary facility.
“I and the entire board are very proud of the rink,” Marra said. “When you stop by and see the young people and families enjoying themselves – what could be better during the holiday season?”
The Lewiston Christmas Walk, which continues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, as well as next weekend, Dec. 8 and 9, is also about helping local businesses through shopping and increased traffic. The Lewiston Opera House, 736 Center St., which features the Tuscarora Art Gallery, is looking to sell some of its works to raise money for renovating the building.