Holiday Vacation: Energy on Ice Popular with College Students | News
With the holiday break officially in full swing for area students, the synthetic ice rink known as Energy on Ice, on the Kentucky Legend Pier behind the Owensboro Convention Center, is in full swing.
While the rink was previously open on weekends since November 26, it has been welcoming skaters of all ages on weekdays since December 20.
“Business has been very good,” said Owensboro Convention Center assistant general manager Jamie Scheffer. “I think a lot of people, when school is out, they’re looking for something to do during the week, and so they’ve found some joy and fun here on Energy on Ice.”
Sponsored by Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline, Atmos Energy, Boardwalk Pipeline Partners and the Staton Family Foundation, the Energy on Ice 2021 rink measures 80 feet by 60 feet. Scheffer said the rink typically sees ticket sales between 80 and 150 people per day.
Owensboro resident Debbie English was one of the people on the sidelines on Monday, watching her grandson skate.
“It’s my grandson’s 8th birthday, and he’s from out of town, and he wanted to come ice skating for his birthday,” she said. “I have all my family here.”
Evansville resident Nathan Harvey said he and his family decided to take a day trip to Owensboro and had no idea there was a synthetic ice rink in downtown Owensboro.
“Not at all,” he said, lacing up his skates. “It wasn’t really obvious from the signs along the road; we had to walk past here and look at “skate rentals” to find out what that was about. ”
Harvey said he and his family are not what you would call seasoned skaters.
“We have no idea what we are doing,” he said.
Energy on Ice is open from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
“The season will actually end on January 3, which is a Monday, which is our last day, and so on that last day we will be open from 2pm to 7pm,” Scheffer said.
Admission is $ 10, including skate rental, or $ 8 for those with skates. Tickets are available at the ice rink.
Nathan Havenner, Messenger-Inquirer, [email protected], 270-228-2837