Everyone loves ice skating. It’s the cold weather that keeps many away from this fun-filled family activity. Well, Daytona Beach, Florida, which rarely ever sees a snowflake, has solved that problem by erecting an outdoor ice rink right along the beach at Ocean Walk.
“It is a great concept, and I just can’t wait to see someone out there skating in a bathing suit,” said Brad Holland, vice president of Magic Ice USA, which is setting up the rink. “I’m sure someone will at least try to skate in their bikini.”
The 60-by-80-foot rink is open through January 8. A $10 admission fee includes the cost of skate rentals.
The project was organized by Daytona Beach businessman Al Smith to celebrate the holidays and, hopefully to attract more visitors to Ocean Walk during a typically slow time of the year for tourism. Ocean Walk is a modern shopping, eating and entertainment complex just a short beach stroll from the Daytona Beach Pier and Boardwalk amusement area.
Holland said building an ice rink just a few feet from the beach presents a unique set of challenges.
“We’ll have to deal with the sun, the wind, rain, but especially the sand, because the sand gets in everything,” he said.