Hundreds braved the cold Sunday to ice skate for the last time this winter. The Headwaters Park Ice Skating Rink is now officially closed for the season.
During a short presentation, Executive Director of the Headwaters Park Alliance Geoff Paddock said the rink broke an attendance record this year. He said 32,000 skaters walked through the gates this winter, beating a four-year record of 27,000.
“At the end of the evening, we would have a cumulative total of about 370,000 over 16 seasons. So that’s more people that live in Allen County and we’re very pleased that over the years folks have come out,” Paddock said.
Paddock also presented a gift basket and season passes to Laurie Satter who was there with family. She was the 32,000 skater to come in for the season.
“We love doing stuff outdoors. I’m thankful that the city has the skating rink out here,” said Satter. “It would be fun to do more stuff outdoors in the winter, but I’m ready to have spring come.”
Satter said her family headed to the rink after church because they knew it was the last day it would be open.
Another group told WANE 15 they were at the arena with their church group.
Paddock attributed the success of the skating rink to its uniqueness and not increasing admission prices in 16 years thanks to contributions from sponsors.
The park will use the next few weeks to tear the rink down and get ready for the festival season beginning in April.
The rink will reopen for season 17 on Saturday, November 16, Paddock said.