Dallas Center ice skating rink to host open house Saturday

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The new Dallas Center ice skating rink will host a ribbon cutting and open house Saturday at 10:15 a.m. The new blue ice rink shed is seen on the left. Sky Drone Photos courtesy Adam Perkins

A ribbon cutting for the new Dallas Center ice skating rink and skating shed will be held Saturday, Jan. 9 at 10:15 a.m. in Heritage Park near the intersection of 14th and Walnut streets in downtown Dallas Center.

An open house will follow the ceremonial ribbon snipping, with the ice rink shed loaning skates, roasting marshmallows and cooking S’mores at the rink’s fire pit until at least 2 p.m.

“We plan to have the shed open for business every Wednesday afternoon and most weekends when the weather allows skating,” said Bob King of the Dallas Center Rotary Club, which partnered with the city on the icy amenity. “It will be open at other times if we have volunteers available.”

King said the rink has two pairs of skates for every size of foot, from toddlers to men’s size 13. About 10 pairs were donated, he said, and the rest have been on order for two months.

“We’ve been waiting for 36 pairs of skates to arrive since the Rotary and the city ordered them last November,” King said Thursday. “We finally received confirmation that they will be delivered today.”

He said the ice is in great shape, and the rink is already getting a lot of use. The skating was so heavy over the weekend that the rink was temporarily closed in order to remove the ice shaving left by the skates.

“Thank you for all that you’ve done to help our Rotary Club and the town create this rink and loaning shed,” King told the project’s donors and supporters.

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