Staying Cool at the Ice Park

By: Stacy Berman
By: Stacy Berman

July 18, 2006

It was another hazy, hot, and humid day in Central Virginia. The only reminder of cooler weather was the snow cones on the Downtown Mall. One place where there was plenty of ice to go around was at the Charlottesville Ice Park where people were skating their way to cooler conditions.

With the mercury hovering around 100 degrees, kids of all ages opted to stay indoors and skate.

"Typically our busiest time is winter, but this season, this summertime, this hundred degree weather, we can't keep the door open fast enough," explained Lindsay Tilley, Skating Director at the Ice Park.

There were plenty of camps across the area adding ice skating as one of their activities.

Mark Gearhart, a Camp Counselor at STAB was happy with this activity. "It's a great alternative. We go to the pool with the kids we see all the time. It's good to get out of the pool routine and the sun and the heat, so we like to ice skate."

With open skating from one to three this afternoon, some were just looking for something different to do.

"Me and my girlfriend, decided to go skating. She's never been skating before, so I decided to get out of the heat with that," said Johnathan Kindle, a first timer at the Ice Park.

As some sizzled outside in the heat, people in the Charlottesville Ice Park remained quite cool. The temperature inside was about 64 degrees with of course only 45 percent humidity.

For more information about the Charlottesville Ice Park, check out their website at www.icepark.com.


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