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Ice skating in Ruston

December 17, 2015

 

ULM students Alyssa Garner, a sophomore pre-nursing major (left), and her friend Kaitlin Smith, a freshman pre-pharmacy major (right) ice skated Saturday night–Photo by Devin Dronett

ULM students Alyssa Garner, a sophomore pre-nursing major (left), and her friend Kaitlin Smith, a freshman pre-pharmacy major (right) ice skated Saturday night–Photo by Devin Dronett

Ice skating rink opens in downtown Ruston for the holiday season

 

KERRY WAGUESPACK 

Staff Reporter| kfw005@latech.edu

 

Downtown Ruston welcomed a new attraction for the Christmas season and brought an ice skating rink to the city for the first time.

 

Kristi Lumpkin, Ruston’s economic development administrator, is the person who was in charge of putting together the plans for the skating rink.

 

She directed a team of volunteers who made sur things ran smoothly. “Mayor Ronny Walker wanted to have something for the people of the city to do in the winter time,” Lumpkin said.

 

Downtown Ruston’s ice skating rink provided skates for attendees–Photo by Devin Dronett

Downtown Ruston’s ice skating rink provided skates for attendees–Photo by Devin Dronett

The attraction was open from Dec. 3-13 in the parking lot across the street from Ponchatoula’s.

 

The rink was open from Monday through Friday 3-9 p.m., Saturday from 1-9 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. until 9 p.m.

 

People used the skating rink must be 18 years old or have a guardian present.

 

It cost $10 a person for a 45-minute session, but Lumpkin said the crowds have been spaced out enough to where they have not had to enforce a time limit.

 

“This is the first time that the city has had anything like this for its people to use, and the mayor’s office hopes for this to become an annual event,” Lumpkin said.

 

Instead of ice, it is plastic board that gets a special water, solution lubricant that causes less friction for you to be able to glide around like on real ice.

 

“We have had a hockey player come and said that yes, there are some differences between artificial surface and actual ice, but it still works all the same,” Lumpkin said.

 

Dawn Mari, Ruston permit technician, is one of the volunteers who helped out with getting people their skates and selling tickets.

 

From the feedback  she has gotten from the people who used the rink, she said it seems the people are really enjoying themselves.

 

Jessica Slaughter of Ruston said the advertisement of the event was pushed really well by the city. She was informed of the event at a Main Street meeting she attended.

 

“It’s good for the city to have things like this for the community to come together and a good way to get people to utilize downtown,” Slaughter said.

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