COOL SCHOOL HOLIDAY ACTIVITY
Coastal town’s new school holidays attraction proving a big hit
IN A first for Ballina a portable ice-skating rink has been set up at the Cherry Street Sports Club for school holiday fun.
A family company based in Gladstone, Queensland, takes the 10x20m ice rink around the country, usually setting up in shopping centres and car parks.
This time the ice rink has been set up on the back green of the bowling club until April 29.
Cherry Street Sports Club general manager Tere Sheehan said the ice rink’s first day of operation was a success.
“The brains behind it was to create an atmosphere for the whole community and the kids of Ballina to enjoy activities right through the holidays,” Mr Sheehan said.
He said “50-60 kids tested out the ice rink the night before we opened, which went really well”.
“A friend of mine at Armidale had it at Christmas time and I thought if it was going to work in Armidale, it would certainly work on the coast,” Mr Sheehan said.
“It was a serious investment for the club but I think it’s great to be able to do such a thing for the community so hopefully they all get behind it.”
Skaters can book in for a number of hour-long sessions.
The session times will be from 9.30am-5.30pm, with night sessions on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights at 7pm. Check with the club for session details.
Prices are $20 for adults who are not members of the bowling club, $16 for members, and $16 for children. A season pass is available for $90.
COOL KIDS: Sienna Cromey-Hakke, 8, and Alexis Bartnett-Stanbury, 10, at the ice-skating rink at Cherry Street Sports Club, Ballina.