The movers and shakers gathered in Garema Place this morning for the media launch of Skate In The City.
As you can see from the photo there’s no ice yet but the skating area has been marked off and is soon to be filled with 24,000 litres of water.
Andrew Barr has put out a media release:
Today I joined with Canberra CBD Limited to announce Garema Place will take on a European feel this July – with the building of a temporary ice skating rink open to the public and other events in and around Garema including night markets and special school holiday activities.
This is a great innovation by Canberra CBD. It’s a great outcome for local businesses in Garema place, for tourism and for those looking for cool things to do in the city this winter.
The rink and markets will help attract people to the city on winter evenings – a time that is traditionally fairly quiet in the city centre.
And besides the fact it will provide Canberrans with a truly unique activity on their doorstep, the fact this outdoor skating rink is thought to be the only one in 300 kilometres of Canberra is sure to be a great draw card for visitors from our region to come to Canberra.
With no ice, there were mimes pretending to ice skate:
(If only someone would invent rollerblades)
The skating, and a packed program of events, starts from 1 July and if it goes well will become a regular feature of the Canberra winter.