Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

September 25, 2013

Ice rink could use a little help

Ezra Mann
Pauls Valley Democrat — Pauls Valley’s own ice skating rink is still a couple of months away from being laid out as a part of holiday festivities, but ramping up is the call to find volunteers to operate it.

Already excited to recruit several community groups so far, PV Tourism Director Erin Creach said there is still plenty of afternoon and evening slots for the cool feature that will hit the Santa Fe Depot area during the period between Nov. 29 through Dec. 29.

It’s a no lose chance for everyone from church groups to Boy Scout troops to make a little bit of extra money for their non-profit needs with no limit as long as it is for a good cause.

“It’s a win-win because volunteers are there to work the gate and provide skates for the community,” said Creach, noting how a group should be no less than four people.

“At the same time they are able to take some money home for their causes.”

Each group of volunteers will be able to take home 20 percent of the fees for tickets at the gate and 100 percent of any concession items they wish to offer, said Creach.

She feels confident the unique item will draw in plenty of people who can also check out the downtown Christmas lights and while in the area complete some of their holiday shopping. It should draw in plenty from Garvin County alone as the closest thing to it is in Oklahoma City.

“You can come and check out the lights and shop downtown,” said Creach. “We thought it would be a unique opportunity… affordable family fun for the whole family.”

Creach even plans to share in her daughter’s experience of skating, something she hasn’t done herself in quite some time. It will cost $8 a person, which includes use of skates and T-shirts will be available for sale commemorating the first time occasion.

Visitors can find it set up on the right-hand side parking lot in the depot area, measuring 37.5 by 52.5 feet, and everyone will be able to enjoy it no matter the weather as it is of the artificial variety. Transporting it may take several trips, but it basically snaps together like a puzzle and along with the skates, everything will be ready after spraying the surface with a special coating.

“I’m ready to put this thing together and try it out,” said Creach, noting how it will be stored in the meantime at the Main Street Pauls Valley office and she has also arranged to have music played each day.

“I only skated once and it was so long ago, but I’m going to give it a go.”

The set hours will include being open from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, Fridays from 5:30 to 10 p.m., Saturdays from 1 to 10 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.

For more information on how to be involved or to inquire how one’s business can advertise on banners that will be displayed around the rink call Creach at 405-238-3308, ext. 111.