Ice skating in May?
Absolutely, thanks to the cooperative efforts of the Downtown Merchants Association, Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce and the city of Waxahachie.
The artificial rink - which was purchased last year by the three entities - has been set up at its location on Rogers Street across from City Hall, courtesy of the city’s parks department.
“They’ve been great about doing that,” said association president Hilda Chapman of the department handling the setup and takedown of the rink, which is comprised of interlocking boards and a surrounding fence.
The rink was first used last holiday season, with the association deciding to bring it out this weekend in coordination with the Waxahachie Lions Club Mini Grand Prix downtown.
“We just want to get the word out,” Chapman said. “We want people to come out and enjoy themselves.”
Tickets are $6 and include skate rental. Proceeds will benefit the association and the Waxahachie High School cheerleaders.
The rink will be open from 6-10 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday. During the weekend’s activities downtown, coupons for $1 off of the ticket price also will be handed out.
“We’ve got all sizes of shoes,” Chapman said, noting the rink has 200 pairs available - and the blades were all recently sharpened by a professional sharpener for the best results on the artificial surface.
“We want people to know it’s here this weekend,” Chapman said, noting that besides the Mini Grand Prix, other activities this weekend include a carnival in the downtown area. Several vendors from the Farmers Market - set to open officially later this month - also will be on hand, she said.
The E-Z Glide rink, as seen on the “Regis and Kelly” television show, drew quite a crowd during the holidays, Chapman said, noting many people enjoyed the opportunity to skate in downtown Waxahachie.
“We had all ages and all abilities,” she said. “We had people come in from surrounding towns for the ice skating.”
Several nonprofits - including Relay for Life, the Flip Factory teams and Project Graduation - benefited from the rink by staffing it during the holidays.
“It was a big success,” Chapman said.
The rink’s next appearance will be for the holidays, when it goes back up beginning at Thanksgiving.
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