As temperatures soared into the low 50s on Monday, thoughts at the Powell Rec District were on the ice. The skating facility just opened last week and there’s already a need for the ice to be …
As temperatures soared into the low 50s on Monday, thoughts at the Powell Rec District were on the ice. The skating facility just opened last week and there’s already a need for the ice to be touched up.
Personnel at the City of Powell Parks Department are responsible for maintaining the ice and already had work to do: They needed to clean and smooth the surface after a snowball fight broke out during the Powell Middle School’s Friday skating party under the lights. More than 65 kids turned out for the event, keeping Rec District director Colby Stenerson and recreation supervisor Joe Cates scrambling to keep up with skate rentals and the snack bar. Hotdogs, nachos, hot cocoa, popcorn and candy may have given the kids a little too much energy. But who doesn’t enjoy a friendly snowball fight?
The ice was smooth and the temperatures were perfect Friday and by Saturday morning it was back in prime shape for another 30 local skaters who came out to enjoy the winter outdoor fun. It’s the perfect activity — especially this winter, Stenerson said.
“At this time, with COVID, it’s great to get outdoors to be able to safely socialize and exercise,” he said while manning the counter in the balmy skate house.
The official start of the season was delayed due to warm weather.
“It’s been a struggle with the temperatures,” Stenerson said. “It’s either too hot or too cold.”
Finally the team was able to crank up the music and have fun on the ice.
“It went well,” Cates said. “The kids seemed like they had a great time and the ice was perfect.”
This coming Friday, they’re hoping for good weather as all elementary school students are invited to attend the second group event from 2-4 p.m. Skate rentals are $2.50, but the district is throwing in a free cup of hot cocoa for participants. Hopefully Parks Department supervisor Tim Miller won’t have to get up too early Saturday to clean the ice for skaters this week. The snow is perfect for snowballs right now and the kids will be full of sugar.
The ice rink will be open as long as the temperatures are right. Contact the Rec District at 307-754-5711 for more information or to schedule a group event.