Ice rink for Aotea Square announced
Mon, 21 May 2012 10:09a.m.
By 3 News online staff
Aotea Square in the Auckland CBD will be converted into an ice rink this winter.
Opening in late June, the covered rink will give Aucklanders a chance to enjoy the square in winter, says Robbie Macrae, director of The Edge's Centre for Performing Arts.
“We’re used to many people enjoying their lunch or playing a game of touch during the summer, and this gives people a chance to enjoy Aotea Square in winter,” says Mr Macrae.
The rink will be imported and managed by Paradice Ice Skating, which operates rinks in Botany and Avondale.
“We’re working to create a place where beginners and experienced skaters can have a great time this winter, with the same kind of feel as the outdoor rinks in places like New York and Toronto," says general manager Chris Blong, a former national figure skating champion.
“There’ll be lessons available and we’re working on a calendar of themed events to add to the fun.”
The rink will be the focal point of The Edge's Winter Showtime programme. It will be covered, protecting skaters from the elements.
“We think people will be excited about coming to ice skate in Aotea Square, and they don’t have to worry about our temperamental Auckland weather."
The rink opens on Saturday, June 23. There will be an official opening on Thursday, June 28. Including skate hire, tickets on the door are $15 for children, $20 for adults and $55 for a family of four.
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20/06/2012 11:24:21 a.m.
Mean maori mean idea!!!
22/05/2012 10:52:51 a.m.
22/05/2012 2:08:03 a.m.
@DARRYL as it is run by paradise ice skating and costs a decent bit of change for the public to use it, i am assuming it wont be costing the government anything. Imported? I am guessing there is more to a skating rink than water.... lighten up? maybe!
21/05/2012 10:57:51 p.m.
Darryl, I think they mean the actual rink. The water they they will use to freeze will be from nz but the actual shape of it, the equipment under the water will be imported. How else would we get a nice oval shap and how else would we freeze the water? Aucklad isn't that cold.
21/05/2012 6:20:17 p.m.
Imported? Its frozen water. Whats the cost to the public and are we borrowing the money and whats the rate of interest.
Now try and occupy Aotea square public protesters mwhahahaha
cool idea though in theory.
21/05/2012 10:47:37 a.m.
But what is that going to do to the grass? :o
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