Rotary Lights ice skating rink nearly open

Organizers hope to open rink on Thursday

Rotary Lights ice skating rink nearly...

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - People in La Crosse have been asking for an ice skating rink at the annual Rotary Lights display for more than 20 years. They'll have to wait just a little while longer before getting on the ice.

The Chad Erickson Memorial Ice Rink at Riverside Park is almost ready to open to the public. Rotary Lights organizers have had to wait until now for temperatures to get cold enough to flood the rink and say they still have one more layer of ice to add before they can open.

Rotary Lights president Pat Stephens says they hope to have that done in time to allow people onto the ice Thursday evening.

"It's a learning experience for us in terms of rules and regulations and hours of operation and cost and so on, but we thought we'd give it a try. If the public uses it as much as we think they're going to, hopefully it'll become an annual tradition," said Stephens.

Once the rink is open, people will be able to skate between 10 in the morning and 10 at night every day.

Stephens says the rink has been the number one request they've heard from members of the community since the Rotary Lights display began 22 years ago.

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