Although venturing outdoors during these cold, winter months is not ideal, Cobbers now have a reason to bundle up, shuffle outside and experience some fun on ice. Downtown on Ice, a rink located in downtown Fargo, opened to the public on New Year’s Eve. The rink is free and available for all who want to lace up their skates and spend a day on the rink. The only requirements are
that skaters bring their own skates and limit their activity to ice skating — no hockey
“It’s a nice rink to go to if you just want to skate,” said junior Grace Bateman, who recently tried out the new rink with some friends. “There’s nobody playing hockey or practicing for anything.”
She said that while the rink is a little small, it has a nice setup. There are three benches situated in a triangle in the middle of the ice for people to rest on, and 20 or so feet of ice around it.
Everyone skates in a circle, some toward the outside and some toward the inside near the benches, Bateman said. There were 20 to 30 people at the rink the afternoon that she was there. “There were a lot of little kids just playing around on the inside,” Bateman said. The rink is located on the northeast corner of Main Avenue and Broadway, and is also equipped with a warming house and nearby parking.
“It’s really convenient to get to [the rink],” Bateman said. “There’s parking right there so there’s no difficulty parking your car.” It is open 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The warming house is open at the same times.
Katelyn is a senior double majoring in Multimedia Journalism and Communications. She’s been apart of the Concordian team for three years, and plans to travel as much as possible after graduating in December.