Glenrock outdoor ice skating in preparation for 2022
Winter activities in central Wyoming are truly top-notch. Skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, snowmobiling and skating are all opportunities for you and your family to get out and enjoy the elements.
Last week, many of us were heartbroken by the news that the David Street station would not have outdoor ice skates, due to supply chain issues. Even though the industrial cooler needed to keep the ice frozen was checked in time, the company announced the bad news that it would not be possible to get one in time for the 2022-2023 season.
If ice skating is the winter activity you really enjoy, there are options.
Casper Ice Arena offers hours of public skating at times throughout the day.
The new Glenrock Town Square plans to offer skating this year for the first time. The city plans to have the Xtraice rink it ordered in Spain ready to depart for Winter Fest on December 3.
Unlike the David Street Station rink which needs an industrial cooler to store the ice, the Glenrock rink will be a synthetic ice rink.
If you are wondering how it will work, Xtraice says on their website
Xtraice’s ice rink flooring to the better level of sliding never reached. Our secret is a protector and a lubricant specially designed in the Xtraice laboratories. The lubricant is housed in the structure of our ice slabs during their manufacture and gradually rises to the surface throughout the life of the product. This means that the surface always maintains the optimum level of glide.
You will be able to use any type of skate to enjoy the synthetic ice rink, the ice rink will not require additional water or electricity to keep the ice frozen, and the synthetic ice is softer and will cause less injury from falls .
According to Mandy Jones, Community Development Manager of Glenrock’s Town Square:
Our rink was ordered from Spain and is currently in the port of Charleston blocked by customs. We hope it will continue on its way as soon as possible.
That being said, once the Xtraice rink arrives in Glenrock, it will only take about a day to install. Again, it’s synthetic ice, so you don’t have to wait for the water to freeze to make ice.
Check out this video from the Xtraice website showing how easy it will be to set up and how cool it is to be able to skate on it anytime.
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