BEND, OR -- After some weather related construction delays, the Bend Park and Recreation District’s new $11.4-million ice rink is now open. In its first two hours of business, more than 500 skaters hit the ice at the Pavilion, located at the corner of Colorado and Simpson.
Parks and Rec Executive Director Don Horton was on hand Monday, to help deal with the crowds. “All hands on deck today. So my job is to do whatever needs to be done and right now I am handing out skates.” He tells KBND News, “I think the community has been wanting this for decades. And so being able to put the final touches on the facility and being able to open it in good shape I think is well worth the time. And it looks like everybody is having a good time. A lot of smiles on people’s faces.”
Bend teen Kelsey Adair was all smiles. “I really am glad so we don’t always have to travel up to Seventh Mountain to go skating.” Her dad Tony Adair adds, “I Love hockey, so we’ve been waiting for this for a long time.”
Hockey and curling leagues are set to begin, there’s an outdoor warming fire for spectators, and beer will be available for adults.