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.”
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.
From the Niagara Gazette:
The recent record snowfalls and frigid temperatures have delayed the installation of a free outdoor ice skating rink, set to open in DeVeaux Woods State Park.
New York State Park spokesperson Angela Berti said workers removed more than 18 inches of snow Wednesday in an effort to refill the rink with water to create a safe skating surface.
“We expect the rink to be open early next week,” Berti said. “We want this to become a community ice rink and we think it’s something that everyone is extremely excited for.”
In October, the City Council announced a partnership with State Parks by agreeing to contribute $20,000 in casino revenues to transform the park’s former tennis courts into the city’s first outdoor ice skating rink since the closing of Lackey Plaza in 2003.
Mayor Paul Dyster said the city and State Parks have done a good job of not allowing the project to fall through the cracks and expects the rink to be ready for skaters by Monday.
From the Niagara Falls Review:
If you’re checking out the new Rink at the Brink this weekend, you’ll have no trouble finding it. The Niagara Parks Commission’s new fence running the length of its Table Rock parking lot makes it impossible to miss it.
It turns visitors to the falls into cattle, herding them from the parking lot right into the gift shop of the new Niagara’s Fury attraction -and now, to the temporary rink area.
For locals who don’t regularly go into Queen Victoria Park, a visit to the new Winter Festival of Lights skating rink will be their introduction to the parks commission’s black, iron monster.
The new fence runs along the west side of the Niagara Parkway, from the Canadian Niagara Power building north to the new clock tower and walkway addition to the Table Rock building.
You don’t need an MBA in marketing to see what’s going on here. The parks commission appears to be funnelling everybody who parks in its lot right into its own ticket sales counter, gift shop and restaurants.