In­door ice rink is open for busi­ness in Rome

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - By John Popham [email protected]

The Fo­rum River Cen­ter has been trans­formed into a win­ter won­der­land this hol­i­day sea­son by bring­ing an in­door ice skat­ing rink to Rome for the first time.

The rink has been fully dec­o­rated with Christ­mas trees, lights, snow ma­chines and a seat for Santa him­self. Crys­tal chan­de­liers hang from the ceil­ing over the rink while other col­ored lights change with the mu­sic.

Staff skate on the ice with pa­trons, play­ing games with them as the day goes on. Ice skate train­ers are also on hand for those first time skaters still get­ting the hang of the skill. Fall­ing is not frowned upon since even tal­ented skaters do it.

The rink has a fam­ily friendly at­mos­phere with ta­bles and chairs set up for par­ents or grand­par­ents to watch their skaters for free. There is also a con­ces­sion stand stocked with hot choco­late and other foods for vis­i­tors to en­joy.

Skate rentals cost $10 and are good for an en­tire day. The Fo­rum River Cen­ter has 300 pairs of skates in all sizes avail­able for rent. Vis­i­tors can come and go as they please dur­ing the day as long as they keep their arm­band on which will al­low them to get back on the ice.

Chil­dren four years and younger will only cost $3 to skate.

There will be oc­ca­sions when the rink has been rented out and will not be open to the pub­lic.

The rink is open seven days ex­cept for Christ­mas or it has been rented out for a pri­vate event.

The rink hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mon­day through Thurs­day, 10 a.m. to mid­night Fri­day and Satur­day, and noon to 8 p.m. on Sun­days.

/ John Popham

The 4,000 square foot ice skat­ing rink is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mon­day through Thurs­day, 10 a.m. to mid­night Fri­days and Satur­days and noon to 8 p.m. on Sun­days. The rink will be closed on Thanks­giv­ing and Christ­mas days.

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