If all goes according to plan, residents of Delhi and surrounding areas will soon be “chilling out” on a community ice skating rink, organizers said Monday.
The target date for the grand opening of the 100-foot-by-50-foot rink is Saturday, according to Matt Krzyston, a member of the Delhi Town Council. Krzyston said the rink will be adjacent to the Delaware Academy bus garage on Sheldon Drive, on the plot of land that was home to the village pool for more than 50 years.
Krzyston said the portable rink, which was purchased as a kit from a company called NiceRink, arrived Monday. The rink will be large enough to accommodate 50 skaters at one time, Krzyston said.
Krzyston said the rink is a joint effort between the Delhi village and town boards, and has been in the works for about a year.
Several community members skate at Smith Pond, located next to O’Connor Hospital, Krzyston said. However, he said, town and village board members became concerned with the safety and accessibility of this location.
“We wanted a location that emergency personnel could easily get to, if needed,” Krzyston said, “and a place with easy access to parking.”
That’s where NiceRink came in. According to its website, the company is the world’s leading manufacturer of outdoor liners for portable ice skating rinks, offering “a unique, personalized, self-leveling rink system that can be set up anywhere.” The company and its rinks have been featured on ESPN and NBC. Kits include brackets, special thermal boards, a sturdy rink liner and an ice resurfacer, according to the website.
Krzyston said the rink will be filled with water today, and it will take about three days for the water to freeze. He said the ice will be approximately eight inches thick.
Village Mayor Richard Maxey said the rink will offer a much safer alternative to skating on ponds or rivers, where ice is not always solid and can crack or break, resulting in injury or drowning. He said safety of the public was a top concern in the town and village’s decision to buy the rink.