By mid-November the Quad-Cities will have its own outdoor public skating rink with open skating seven days a week. |
Center Ice at Bass Street Landing will feature a 65-foot-wide,120-foot-long ice rink, reminiscent of the rinks at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City or Millennium Park in Chicago.
The facility will rest on the plaza of Bass Street Landing in front of the Kone Centre parking garage at 17th Street, Moline.
"The idea has been talked about for a long time,'' said Larry Rosmilso, director of operations for the rink, which is owned by Rodney Blackwell of Financial District Properties, which also owns Kone Centre. "Rodney wanted to wait until he had the new building up and running before this took hold.''
Mr. Rosmilso, who retired in May after more than 30 years in Q-C area radio and television, said Nov. 15 is the tentative opening date for the rink.
"Tentatively, we are shooting for that Thursday and plan to offer two days of free skating,'' he said. "Everything we do is tentative, but that's the plan.''
Mr. Rosmilso said the rink will be installed by IceRinkEvents, one of the top seasonal ice rink companies in the United States.
"They lay down a bed of sand, put down the ice and build everything around the ice,'' Mr. Rosmilso said. "They bring you the Zamboni and, when the season ends, they come in and put it away. They are an amazing group and have been at this for quite some time.''
The rink will be for skating only; no hockey will be played on it. In addition, the Kone parking garage will house restrooms, a concession, skate rental area and a pub.
"Those are in the works,'' Mr. Rosmilso said. "The office to rent skates and pay for ice time is for sure; the concession area is for sure and the pub (will open) when things get up and running. The neat thing is Rodney designed the parking garage to house things like this, hoping to put a plan of this nature in motion.''
Mr. Rosmilso said admission tentatively is set at $5 for 90 minutes of skating, $8 for those who also rent skates.
"The goal is groups, families and everyone having an affordable, great time,'' he said.
The rink will be removed in April 2013 and installed again in October 2013. Hours of operation have yet to be decided.
"This is the first of its kind here,'' Mr. Rosmilso said. "I can see a holiday season -- with the rink decorated -- and families from all over having a great time. We are excited about the project and expect it to be a big hit.''
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