It's out with the old and in with the new. A new ice skating rink in Stowe has replaced the old Jackson Arena. Saturday, the town welcomed skaters to take a spin on the ice at the new arena's grand opening.
The doors are finally open and skaters couldn't wait to hit the ice.
"It's perfect, it's what we need," said Jeffery Philipov, who is vacationing in the area.
The Stowe Arena's grand opening celebration invited locals and tourists to the dedication of the new building. After the old Jackson arena was taken down, planning for the $6.5 million dollar facility began in 2012.
"It was really only last February when we knew for sure this was absolutely going to happen so just about eight months later, to be standing here, it's pretty amazing," said Parks and Recreation Director Matt Frazee.
The new indoor rink features expanded bleacher seating, more locker rooms, and a few other perks the to keep visitors a little warmer during the winter.
"The sidewalk's heated and we're reusing a lot of what would otherwise be waste energy to reuse it in the facility," said Town Manager Charles Safford. "The community is very excited, hopefully you see a lot of smiling faces today."
"It's warm, it was very cold before that helps and it's just a very nice new facility," said Rachel Vandenberg.
The new skating rink will also offer a learn to skate program and hockey initiation programs for all ages..
"It's a great thing to expand the program and offering for the community but also to have this valuable resource for the town to help bring in more people to our town," Frazee said.
And for those visiting the new rink knowing how to skate isn't a requirement.
"I haven't been on skates in several years. My kids will be jealous I'm doing it and I think I'm going to fall. You can film that too," Philipov said.
Open just in time for the winter season, the town looks forward to the new arena driving the local economy and giving more visitors a chance to learn a thing or two on the ice.
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