CLINTON — An ice skating rink is officially set to be unveiled for use in the Clinton community today.
Clinton Parks and Recreation Director Josh Eggers said the Parks and Recreation Master Plan identified ice skating as a need for Clinton. Eggers said the Master Plan was formed through a needs assessment done through stake holder meetings and mailed out surveys.
“We’ve been working with our Parks and Recreation Advisory Board on the best way to do that,” Eggers said. “And we thought that grandiose ideas of a splash pad/ice rink down the road would be ideal, but a more realistic opportunity came along.
“We found this portable Easy-Ice ice rink,” Eggers said. “It’s portable. It’s basically, you can put it anywhere there’s flat earth and a water source available, which is why Chancy Park made sense because we’ve got that vacated tennis court that was already there. So it just seemed like a good landing spot for it.”
Another reason for choosing Chancy Park as the location is that it’s next to the Chancy Park hill which has a pavilion and a sledding hill, Eggers said.
The tentative official open date for the ice skating rink is today, Eggers said. The city plans to have the ice-skating rink open to the public daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Skaters must bring their own skates.
The Parks and Recreation Department will have staff at the Chancy Park rink from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays with skate rentals and hot chocolate, Eggers said.
Skating will be free, Eggers said; the cost of skate rental is $2.
The ice rink is 80 feet by 60 feet, Egger said, and is lighted. The Department is planning to update the lighting system for next year.
“A timered lighting system will hopefully be available for next year,” Eggers said. “... You push the button, the lights will come on for a certain hour time length and then shut off.
“But for now we do have an LED light positioned on the rink that’s on a photo censor so it turns on in the evening,” Eggers said.
The city has seen some vandalism, Eggers said, including footprints in the ice caused when someone walked on the rink when it was slushy. It later froze with the footprints in place.
“We had to grind it down, refill it, put a top layer on it,” Eggers said. “The Fire Department thankfully has been able to help us with top coating the water, and Iowa American Water Company was helpful in filling the original rink initially.”