Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Ketchum Ice Rink Opens Today

The public ice rink at Atkinson Park in west Ketchum opens today, Dec. 14. The rink, which offers free skates, helmets, hockey sticks and pucks to use, will be open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., weather permitting, through Presidents Day weekend. Building the two-acre labor of love required three people to spend five nights of spraying water from 5 p.m. to 9 a.m. According to Ketchum Recreation Supervisor John Kearney, it’s the largest non-refrigerated, natural ice rink that the Parks Department knows about in the Northwest. He said at least 4,000 visitors enjoy the sheet of ice during each winter season. Above, Kearney operates the park-owned Zamboni.

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