This year’s holiday skating rink in Marble Falls will be made of ice. Timed to coincide with the Walkway of Lights Christmas lights display, which is Nov. 21 through Jan. 3, the rink will be located at Lakeside Park in Marble Falls, announced Lacey Dingman, director of the Marble Falls Parks and Recreation Department on Thursday, Sept. 24.
The park, 305 Buena Vista Drive, was chosen because it has “ample space, access to necessary electrical requirements, and offers a cohesive event for the public,” Dingman said.
“We want to drive traffic downtown and create the hometown feeling,” she added.
Admission is a projected $10-per-person daily pass, Dingman said, due to associated costs of having the rink up for six weeks. Last year, the “ice” rink was made of plastic and was in place for three days.
“We’re looking for sponsors to lower the ticket costs,” Dingman said. “Or, sponsors to buy tickets to give away to the public. We are cognizant to keep events affordable.”
Officials examined the costs of renting versus buying the equipment for the rink and discovered it would be $100,000 to purchase, so they sought a vending partner, IceRinkEvents.com.
By agreement, the city will pay $20,000 upfront and a guaranteed $40,000 of revenue. Anything above $40,000 will be split between the vendor and the city.
“This was an effective way we could bring it to town,” Dingman said. “The city doesn’t own the equipment. We want to see how to run one. We never ran a real ice skating rink. This makes it feasible for us.”
Dingman said the city began considering a real ice skating rink after feedback from those who used last year’s synthetic rink.
“People were really excited about the event,” she said. “What we heard was, ‘This could be better’ and ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if it were real life?’ We’re doing everything we can to make it possible.”
EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was updated on Sept. 24 with the location of the ice rink.