Fayetteville Arkansas, University of Arkansas--Old Main Overview

Fayetteville Arkansas, University of Arkansas--Old Main Overview
Overview of Fayetteville, AR

Friday, December 03, 2010

New Outdoor Ice Skating Rink Opens in Bentonville

A beautiful new facility just opened in Bentonville’s Ernie G. Lawrence Plaza, just a block or so off the square. It includes an outdoor skating rink for winter and will be converted to an interactive water feature during warm months. What fun!

Ice skating is a wonderful activity for people of all ages. I grew up in Northern Minnesota-- hockey country--where I learned to skate on a rink like this. I spent many hours in the cold outdoors and it was exhilarating (but thank goodness also for warming shacks). I also tried my hand at ice hockey, even though it was a "boy sport" then.

For the most part, it doesn’t get cold enough here in NW Arkansas to find a safe outdoor venue for ice skating – until now. Bentonville’s latest contribution to quality of life now provides this opportunity to the public. Only $3 to skate and skates can be rented for only $2 more.

I’m still trying to figure out how they can keep the ice frozen when the temperature gets above freezing. The recent nippy days and nights are usually the exception rather than the rule, as it gets up to the 40s or even 50s during the day during our Arkansas winters. But if there is a secret formula for the ice, more power to the city of Bentonville.

The Jones Center for Families in Springdale has offered a big, beautiful indoor skating rink for the past 15 years and it is open year round. People can simply skate, learn figure skating, play in hockey leagues, or go curling. The rink provides fun for ages 4 to 104 (I don’t think anyone has reached maximum age yet!)

If you’ve never ice skated and would like to get inspired, here’s a great feature-length documentary for the whole family to watch.

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