Ice rink a slushy suc­cess

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - NI­CHOLAS MCBRIDE

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.’’

DAVID UNWIN/FAIRFAX NZ

The ice rink in The Square had a lot of sur­face wa­ter

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