Ice rink a slushy success
Thousands of skaters slipped, slid and glided their way around Palmerston North’s ice rink, even if it was a little slushy.
The ice rink made a muchanticipated return to Palmerston North during April and faced driving rain followed by relative heat, which caused water on the surface.
Ice World managing director Wayne Lawrence said the number of patronswould have been con- sistent with previous years.
When the rink last visited in 2015, it attracted 18,000 people.
The rink did experience some melting during the middle of the day.
The rink usually refroze later in the day.
‘‘It is something we will discuss with our ice technicians to see if there anything that we could improve.’’
This year, the rink was in the city earlier than on previous visits.
Lawrence said they choose this time of year because it was the best fit.
He hoped to bring the rink back in 2019.
A giant snow globe, which made its New Zealand debut, had also been well received.
Michelle Mollard said her children loved the rink.
The water did not stop them making multiple visits.
‘‘The kids don’t care. Even though there is heaps of water it doesn’t put them off.’’
The ice rink in The Square had a lot of surface water