23 May 2012

Skate in The City returns in 2012

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Canberra’s worst kept secret is having its media launch in a few minutes so here we go.

A bigger ice rink is going in Garema Place this winter for some skating fun.

More details in a minute.

UPDATE 23/05/12 10:11 So now we’ve got a media release which tells us the rink is increasing to 400 square metres and will have a dedicated children’s area.

Also there will be “cultural sundays” to celebrate those nice ice skating cultures. And India (no really).

Adult tickets will be $15 which makes for a pretty solid cheap date followed by dinner and a drink in the city if you ask me.

It’s being funded by Canberra CBD Ltd (where you can book tickets), the ACT Government, and ActewAGL.

UPDATE 23/05/12 11:31: And now we have the Canberra CBD media release:

Following the success of last year’s inaugural Skate in the City, which attracted almost 20,000 participants, the rink size has been increased and will feature a fresh new shape and incorporate a dedicated area for children.

In total 196 sessions of ice skating will be held across the month with daily sessions commencing from 10am til 9.30pm, with late night session til 11.30pm running on Friday and Saturday nights.

The 2012 event will include the return of the Canberra Centre Fashion Parades on Ice, ice shows, themed movie nights and an improved party lounge providing an ideal space for participants to unwind after a session or family groups. Penguin skating aids will also make a welcome return in 2012 for novices, children and those uncertain about their ice skating ability. Advance bookings of penguins are encouraged due to their popularity.

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downindowner9:40 pm 24 May 12

Anecdotal evidence from heath professionals suggests that the broken bone clinic at Canberra Hospital was very busy while the rink was there last year: kids, if you’re Skating in the City this year don’t forget your Medicare card.

I think it’s fantastic. A great way to turn Canberra’s cold winters into a positive and brighten up Garema place.

I thought it was pretty good last year. went a few times. Much more enjoyable than Phillip IMO. A bigger rink would be ideal, but maybe the trees don’t allow for it….

I think its exactly the sort of thing we need in the city to revitalise it, instead of spending wintery nights at home whinging about stuff on the internet.

Try skating in Indian traditional dress. You’ll be sari.

Myles Peterson2:54 pm 23 May 12

A distraction from the ongoing homogenisation of civic and a finger in the dyke against online shopping.

I thought last year’s toe-in-the-water venture was pretty good. Sure the installation was ugly and the rink was on the small side, but it certainly injected some life into what is otherwise a desolate and miserable open space – especially on Friday/Saturday night.

If this year’s install can improve on size and not look like a gypsy camp then so much the better.

It was too expensive last year. What they need is a ‘tasting’ ticket – like 20 min for $5 or something; serious iceskaters arent going to use this over Philip; people wanting to ‘give it a go’ wont pay $15.

And a cheap family ticket – would like to take my kids but dont want to pay $44 for them to last 20 minutes and give up. They arent going to use the 90 minute session

Get more people doing it but cheaper per person.

VYBerlinaV8_is_back11:47 am 23 May 12

I saw some 15 year old punk fall right on his arse and it was awesome.

Did very well last year for the ice skating.

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