Giving back to the community.
That’s what comes to mind on the day the Gettysburg Synthetic Ice Rink is set to open.
I had a chance to to gain some insight on the process from the Gettysburg Rec Park’s Erin Peddigree. Here’s what she told me about how it came together:
But, how did it all come together?
“The ice rink is rented through a company called Xtraice Rinks. It is a synthetic “ice” which is a solid polymer material designed for skating using normal metal-bladed ice skates. The rinks can be used all year round. Rinks are constructed by interlocking panels, kind of like a puzzle. Construction was completed on November 14th by Borough and GARA staff. The rink is 46′ by 23′.”
Sounds pretty cool to me. What do you say?
Erin was kind enough to answer a few more of my questions about what Gettysburg area residents and visitors can expect, plus what the Rec Park has coming up in the months ahead.
“It will be open from November 22-January 5th. It will be closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas. The cost is $5.00 which includes skate rental. Throughout the 6 weeks we are planning to have food trucks, crafts, and games. It will open during the Gettysburg Christmas Festival December 5th-7th. The hope is that if the rink is successful and people really enjoy the rink we can make this an annual event or look into keeping a rink for all year.”
“During the winter, there is the Indoor Walking program at the Gettysburg High School. It is Mondays and Wednesdays 7-8:30PM. The cost is free to Gettysburg school district residents or a one time fee of $5.00 for outside residents. The dog park and walking paths are opened to use throughout the winter. The assembly room and meeting rooms are also available to rent at the Charlie Sterner Building. I started my position as Executive Director on November 4th and after the holidays will start to plan events and fundraisers for the upcoming year.”
“No major changes to the park are being planned, but we do have plans to update and improve some of the existing fields and structures.”
“I love history so I really enjoy hiking around the National Military Park and reading the monuments. I’ve lived in Gettysburg three years now and continue to find hidden trails and markers. I also enjoy going to antique stores and local festivals which Gettysburg has many.”
“Come by the Rec Park and take a walk. We have community events posted at the building and once a month the Blood Bank’s Bloodmobile is parked in the parking lot for any who want to donate. The next Community Blood Drive is Tuesday, November 26th 3PM-7PM.”