The mayor hopes that the new ice rink will make the village a place of destination

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The Village of Caldwell kicked off an unforgettable Christmas last month with the unveiling of a new ice rink.

Mayor Misty Wells believes the addition of the ice rink, along with the Victorian village of Dicken and courthouse light show, will draw visitors to the area.

“We’ve had so much interest from all over. I foresee a huge increase in tourism,” Wells said. “We have been criticized,” she said, adding that they had recently had families from Newark, Canton and even Parkersburg in West Virginia.

The ice rink, which was built in a matter of days, was purchased from All Year Galaxy Sports, owned by former Ukrainian figure skater Vadim Slivchenko, who was on site for construction and skated during the inauguration.

Caldwell Mayor Misty Wells shows assistive devices used to help beginner skaters maintain their balance on the ice at the village's new rink.

The rink cost about $ 140,000 and was paid for by $ 100,000 in capital project funds and by the village and Noble County commissioners, according to Wells. The village will have to maintain the ice rink for 15 years.

The outdoor rink uses synthetic ice, which does not melt, and can be used year-round.

“We don’t have a lot of extra costs. We clean it out once a month and put oil on it, but it doesn’t have to be done very often,” Wells said. “It’s about helping kids develop other interests and giving them something else to do.”

The rink can hold about 50 to 60 people at a time.

There are also outdoor heaters, swings, picnic tables, and bleachers for those who just want to watch. There are plans to add fire pits around the rink, according to Wells.

Plastic guides, made by a village employee, are available for beginners to avoid falls. “Ice skating is not that big here so everyone is learning,” added Wells.

As the ice is synthetic, figure skates cannot be used on the rink as the spikes will damage the mat. Hockey skates, which the village offers for rent, can be used.

There is no fixed rental fee and skates are available for donation.

“We just want enough to harvest enough to pay for the wheels that grind the skates,” Wells said. The wheels cost $ 50 and only make 100 sets of skates, ”Wells said.

If the skaters have their own skates, use of the rink is free.

Skate rentals are available from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Hot chocolate and a food truck will also be available during these hours.

Wells noted that the synthetic ice, which is laid in panels, can be salvaged as there is concrete underneath and they could potentially use the area for roller skating or a basketball court.

“We talked about doing a quality of life project every year, so we could at one point talk about adding an ice rink,” Wells said.

Wells said the kids were already talking about wanting to play hockey and some men wanted to form a hockey league on Thursday nights.

“These are just ideas that people have come up with,” Wells said. “We’re not going to be leading it all, but we are supporting what interests people.”



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