North Alabama’s Largest Outdoor Rink Is Coming

Add ice skating to the offerings at Sand Mountain Park and the Albertville Amphitheater, said park general manager Patrick O’Brien.

The park will install a full-fledged 100-by-40-foot ice rink in October, O’Brien said, targeting a Nov. 18 opening date. He said the rink would be open until the second week of January. The rink will have a capacity of 375 skaters, he said.

O’Brien said it would be the largest outdoor rink in northern Alabama. He said it was all part of a plan to keep activities going for the public throughout the year. The amphitheater hosted outdoor concerts throughout the year and was busy all summer with its water park and other sporting events.

The park’s goal is to be a health and economic benefit to the community, O’Brien said. As well as serving the local community, he said the hope is that park activities and events can attract people from the surrounding area.

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The winter months can sometimes be slow for retailers and restaurants, O’Brien said. With events and activities to get people to the park, they can also get people to shop and dine.

O’Brien said other towns offer vacation activities, and people in the Sand Mountain area travel to Huntsville and Birmingham for vacation fun.

“We want to keep these people here,” he said, and make the Albertville facility a destination for people from other areas.

The park will offer public skating lessons, birthday parties, corporate/private parties, church functions, school outings, skate shows, and nightly light shows. There will be Santa Claus appearances, movies and more, according to park managers.

People ice skating outside, the Flight on Ice rink during the holidays.

O’Brien said the park will feature a 30-foot Christmas tree.

Public skating sessions will cost $12 per person with skate rental and $6 per person without pole rental. Skate aids will also be available for rent, for $5. There will be concessions, bars and seating for people who don’t want to skate, so they can watch, O’Brien said.

O’Brien said the park will offer updated information closer to the rink’s opening through a Facebook page, Sand Mountain Skate, and on the park’s website.

Contact Gadsden Times reporter Donna Thornton at 256-393-3284 or [email protected]com.

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