Juneau residents can test the ice at the Treadwell Arena for the first time Thursday.
The ice rink at Savikko Park in Douglas will open on Thursday with what city Parks and Recreation Director Kim Kiefer called a "soft" opening, or a chance to work out the bugs before the grand opening later this month.
"We just want to get it open," she said. "Everyone's been waiting a long time for this day."
Thursday's schedule will start with a skate for people age 50 and up. The day's full lineup:
• 10:30 a.m. to noon: 50 or older
• 12:15 to 1:45 p.m.: Open skate
• 2 to 3 p.m.: Rental
• 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.: Rental
• 4:30 to 5:45 p.m.: Open skate
• 6:45 to 8 p.m.: Open skate
A complete facility schedule, which will include hockey and figure skating groups, will be available at the Parks and Recreation office after noon on Monday. To reserve rental time, visit the Treadwell Arena in person starting Wednesday from noon to 6 p.m.
As of Friday, the city still needed to install the rink's sound system and finish a platform for the bleachers. The rink also needs a temporary certificate of occupancy from the city's building division, Kiefer said.
The official grand opening is scheduled for Feb. 22 and will be sponsored by the city and the Douglas Fourth of July Committee. The celebration will be from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with an opening ceremony at 11 a.m.
The day will include two hockey exhibition games, a figure-skating exhibition, door prizes and two free open skates. Mayor Sally Smith will preside over the ceremonies, and coffee and hot chocolate will be provided.
A full schedule of events will be released closer to the grand opening.
The cost for an open skate at the rink is $2 for seniors age 65 and up, $3 for youth, and $4 for adults age 17 and up. It will cost $100 to rent the facility for one hour, not including tax.
The rink will have a limited number of hockey and figure skates to rent for $2 a pair. The fee for "pond" or open hockey will be $3 for seniors, $4 for youth and $5 for adults.
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