UPDATE: Synthetic ice rink opens at Parkersburg City Park

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - UPDATE 1/17/2020 9:25 P.M.
The skating rink at Parkersburg City Park is now open.

Skates are $4 per hour to rent. Admission is $2. The mayor says it should stay open until March.

It's open Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

A new synthetic ice-staking rink is scheduled to open in the Parkersburg City Park pavilion on Jan. 17, city officials said Thursday.

Mayor Tom Joyce said officials completed the installation and tested the surface on Thursday. More testing will be done during the next week to make sure it is safe and ready for public skating, but Joyce said it's looking good so far.

The city bought and installed the portable surface with the help of the Ross Foundation, which pitched in about $40,000 for the project, Joyce said.

If all goes well, Joyce said the rink is expected to remain open through March, when it will be removed so that the pavilion will be available to other community organizations.

The Wood County Recreation Commission will operate the rink and use the proceeds to support its programs. A broom-hockey program is one program that has been mentioned as a possibility, Joyce said.

The city has purchased 80 pairs of skates that will be available to rent, but Joyce said any type of ice skates will work even though it's a synthetic surface.

He said he is excited because the rink offers another entertainment source for people of all ages.

"We're real excited about it," he said. "It's something that, quite frankly, we've never had in the City Park or the City of Parkersburg for a really long time.

"It's been a long time since anyone skated on the City Park pond, and that's really not an option anymore, you know, with liability issues and things like that. So, we'll see how it goes, and who knows? Maybe if it's well received, maybe someday we'll have a full-blown hockey rink here in Parkersburg. Wouldn't that be exciting."

The rink will be open Friday through Sunday starting on Jan. 17.

Open skating for all ages will be available from 6 to 9 p.m. on Fridays, 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 2 to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

Children 7 or younger will be able to skate from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, and the rink will be open from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturdays for anyone between 13 and 19 years old.

Officials also said anyone younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

There is a $2 admission and a $4-per-hour skate-rental fee.

There is a $35-an-hour fee for private rentals.

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