Back on ice

7 July 2020|Community News| Off Comments off on Back on ice|

THE Glenorchy Ice Skating Rink has undergone a major makeover during COVID-19, with the rink welcoming back visitors.

With the rink closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Glenorchy Ice Skating Rink team used the extended break to make some long overdue upgrades to the facilities.

“We’ve used this opportunity to do jobs that we normally wouldn’t be able to do, even simple jobs like painting,” co-manager Michael Kaitinis said.

“The ice was done about 25 years ago, so that desperately needed to be relevelled and that takes months to do, so this was the first opportunity in 20 odd years we had to do that.

“We’ve done all the handrailing and the ice is level – that’s two things we’ve never been able to do until now.”

Mr Kaitinis said the re-relevelled ice would be beneficial to a whole range of people.

“The general public probably didn’t realise the ice was up and down, but the people who do skate all the time noticed it and it’s going to help them a lot,” he said.

“Keen skaters now have beautiful flat ice to skate on.”

Boilermaker Dean Fox, who has helped out at the ice rink for the last three years, said they had also replaced the sideboards of the rink and modernised the grandstand.

“The regulars will definitely notice the updates because the old scoreboard and stand were getting a bit antique, so the grandstands have all been painted and modernised,” he said.

Co-manager Janina Kaitinis said the ice skating rink had been operating for 40 years and was an important establishment for the community, with many groups excited to get back on the ice.

“The ice hockey players were just about to start their season when COVID-19 hit, so that was put on hold, and we have a big contingent of figure skaters and coaches who haven’t been able to hold clinics or train,” she said.

“We also get a lot of uni students who come here, as well as kid’s birthday parties and school groups, so it’s a very important establishment for the community.”

Caption: From left, Glenorchy Ice Skating Rink co-manager Michael Kaitinis, owner Bev Kaitinis, boilermaker Dean Fox and co-owner Janina Kaitinis.

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