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    Outdoor skating rink a hit with community

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    I know this isn’t directly related to Niagara Falls, but I posted about it before, so I figured I’d post this follow-up:

    From Niagara This Week:

    The outdoor skating rink at Fort George is turning out to be a real hot spot.

    Since being opened in partnership by Vintage Hotels and Parks Canada last month the skating rink has welcomed thousands of people as of the end of 2016 — and that was without the hundreds who took the time to hit the ice on New Year’s Day on Sunday. The rink was packed with skaters, some with families, and others, such as Bryon Mikkelson, on their own.

    Mikkelson, of Welland, made an impromptu visit to the rink on Jan. 1, deciding it would be a fun activity to ring in 2017.

    “This is a really neat chance to enjoy a beautiful site and something that is truly a slice of Canadiana,” said Mikkelson. “We need more sites like this.”

    Artificial rink at Fort George ‘coolest place in town’

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    This isn’t about Niagara Falls specifically, but a lot of people to visit Niagara Falls do end up travelling over to Niagara-on-the-lake.

    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Parks Canada thinks the outdoor skating rink at Fort George is the coolest place in town.

    It certainly boasts lots to back up the claim, offering free skating seven days a week, a building with a concession stand where skates can be rented, hot chocolate and other treats to enjoy around the fire pits, chairs and bales of straw providing seating, and twinkling lights and decorated trees to contribute ambience to a great outdoors experience.

    Thanks to Vintage Hotels, the skating rink has been built with chillers, so the ice will stay frozen in temperatures up to 15 degrees Celsius – it’s expected to last into March.

    Second chance for rink


    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The Rink at the Brink might see another winter after Niagara Parks Commission and Winter Festival of Lights officials smoothed over some of the commission’s concerns about the fledgling tourist attraction’s first season.

    “We are cautiously optimistic the parks commission board will approve the rink operating within the parks’ land this year as they did last year,” said Winter Festival of Lights manager Dino Fazio after a lunch meeting with parks chairwoman Fay Booker and vice-chairwoman Janice Thomson.

    They got together Tuesday because the parks commission in August put the festival on notice it might not renew the lease it gave the festival last year to run a temporary, open-air skating rink near the Horseshoe Falls.

    The festival operated the rink, which is about two-thirds the size of an NHL rink, but it was assembled on parks land.

    Parks commissioners were upset the rink wasn’t dismantled until July, despite festival assurances it would be gone in April.

    Cash-tight festival needs help from city

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    With its own finances at the brink, the Winter Festival of Lights has turned to city hall to back up its bid to get a line of credit it needs to pay the bills on the new Rink at the Brink skating attraction.

    Festival manager Dino Fazio said his organization needs a $500,000 line of credit from its bank to start paying some of the bills associated with the new rink’s construction across from the Niagara Parks Commission’s Table Rock Complex last fall.

    Without the city acting as a guarantor, the bank won’t give the festival the loan, Fazio said.

    “I don’t need a dollar from the city. I do need a guarantee,” Fazio told members of the corporate services committee, which considers council’s financial matters.

    “Will they give it to you without us?” Coun. Carolynn Ioannoni asked.

    “No,” Fazio replied.

    New Ice Rink Open in Niagara Falls

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    From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo:

    Ice skaters, sharpen your skates. The DeVeaux Ice Rink is now open.

    The rink, located at DeVeaux Woods State Park, was expected to open last month but was delayed so the park could acquire the necessary ice-making equipment.

    The lighted facility will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., weather permitting. According to Parks spokesperson Angela Berti, the rink is free and open to the public.

    New winter tradition: Skate by the falls


    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Outdoor skating near the brink of Niagara Falls could become an “iconic” winter attraction the way it has in New York City’s Central Park and Rockefeller Center, says Winter Festival of Lights manager Dino Fazio.

    The festival is firming up arrangements for the Rink at the Brink, an outdoor skating rink near Table Rock House right next to the Horseshoe Falls.

    “It’s for real. We’re still working on dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s. We just have a few things that have to be finalized,” Fazio said Wednesday.

    His organization expects to formally announce the rink project in late September.

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