ice rink coming to Gloucester
Posted 03 April 2012 - 07:54 AM
GET your skates on, a new ice rink is on its way to Gloucester.
From April 28, the synthetic rink will be in place in the ball hall at GL1 leisure centre.
Steve Elway, Chief Executive of the Aspire Cultural Trust, which runs the centre, said an increase in the popularity of the sport had influenced the idea.
He said: "Ice skating has grown in popularity over the past few years thanks to television shows like Dancing on Ice.
"At Aspire we are always looking at interesting ways to get people more active and a synthetic ice rink offers a great fun way to do this.
"We hope the trial run is successful and that people will take advantage of this great facility.
"Over the jubilee bank holiday we will be offering all Gloucester citizens discounted access to the rink alongside many of our other facilities to get as many people active this summer as possible."
And the news that the ice rink – which will be in place until September 7 – has been widely welcomed in Gloucester.
Gloucester City Council leader Paul James (Con, Longlevens) said: "I think it's very exciting news, because a lot of people want to see an ice rink return to Gloucester.
"It will be a good thing for GL1 and a good thing for Gloucester."
He said he would have to wait and see whether the set-up could be an annual fixture.
He said: "We've got to see how it goes, there things aren't easy to run commercially, so the message to people in Gloucester is if they want to see it permanently, they have to use it.
"I think it will create a different atmosphere to the one in King's Square.
"Obviously it's a synthetic rink, and in a more private location, so maybe it will attract people who were more nervous about using the other one."
The rink is due to be delivered on April 21 and will be up and running by April 28.
Posted 03 April 2012 - 03:22 PM
Skating is an awesome way to stay healthy and fun to. All the best with the Rink Gloucester.....
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