Danville ice skating rink expected to draw big crowd for opening day

Rink opens Saturday

DANVILLE, Va. – A popular winter activity is now going to be available in Southside.

Final preparations were underway Friday for Danville's first-ever ice skating rink.

It was made possible thanks to a grant the city's River District Association received from the Danville Regional Foundation.

River District Association Executive Director Diana Schwartz said the goal is to create a family-friendly activity that encourages people to get outside during the winter when they may otherwise stay inside.

She expected the rink to be busy for opening day Saturday.

"We do expect a large crowd. We are asking for patience, of course. We do have a limited number of people that can fit on the ice at a time," Schwartz said.

"We do also want to remind people that it is a physical sport. So you want to make sure that you're in good physical condition when you come out to skate," Schwartz continued.

The cost to skate is $2 and skates will be provided.

When the rink is busy, skating sessions will be limited to 20 minutes. When the rink is not busy, you'll be allowed to skate longer.

The rink will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 9 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through Jan. 2.

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