New ice rink in downtown Neenah set to open in November
NEENAH (NBC26) – The arrival of a new plaza at Gateway Park in Neenah makes downtown a little cooler. The square is in the process of being converted into a 122 foot long ice rink.
The square was given as a gift to the city. John Bergstrom, the chairman of Bergstrom Automotive, is part of a group of investors who have bought the place and are paying to operate it at no cost to the city.
“The plaza project is an outgrowth of many of us in the community trying to figure out how can we have a stronger downtown and how can we make our winters, especially for families, much more enjoyable? said Bergstrom. “We ran in skating facilities in a lot of big places and we were like, ‘Why not do it here? “”
Construction will be complete by October 1 and the rink is scheduled to open in November.
“We can make cold ice 50 degrees and below,” Bergstrom said. “We expect it will be from mid-November to the end of November and through March 15.”
For the rest of the year, the square will provide an outdoor gathering space and a venue for outdoor events. The square will also have its own café.
“We’re going to have a Globe Café where you can get S’mores or a hot fudge sundae or a hot chocolate,” Bergstrom said.
Bergstrom says he wanted to create a space where families could come together and the community could come together.
“It’s like that in most communities in Northeast Wisconsin, wonderful people giving back to make it a better place,” Bergstrom said.
“I think we are so fortunate in the Fox Valley area that we have some great people and businesses that are really engaged in the community and making it better,” said Paula McNeil, a resident of Neenah. “Few places can boast of it.”