“We’re almost past the fundraising stage,” said Bridgett Hartshorn, director of the Hangtown Holiday Ice Rink Committee, “and we’re committed to making this happen. Now we’re implementing our ideas.” The idea, developed by the Placerville Drive Business Association, is to have an ice-skating rink at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds for three weeks — Dec. 14 to Jan. 5.
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Turning good ideas into action takes actively involved people and the PDBA is holding a community meeting at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 2 in front of the Forni Building at the fairgrounds, where the ice rink will be located, to inform the community and enlist some volunteers.
“We are having a gala for the opening on Dec. 14 and a New Year’s Eve ball drop on Dec. 31, and we could use help from people who like to plan events,” said Hartshorn.
Vendors, crafters, people to help decorate the grounds or plan theme nights and anyone who might want to become involved in making the ice rink happen are encouraged to attend the informational meeting.
The PDBA is hoping to attract 10,000 visitors during the three weeks of the ice rink, boosting business and offering a welcome addition to the holiday activities in El Dorado County.
“We’ve already gotten pledges for $45,000 out of the $60,000 we need,” said Hartshorn, “and we are going ahead with the ice rink, no matter what.” Response from the community, said Hartshorn, has been very positive and supportive, but more sponsorships are appreciated.
The regulation-sized ice rink will have a rail around its solid surface for safety and to enable skating demonstrations. Ice skates will be available to rent for $2 and there will be a fee per session, which will run either an hour or an hour and a half in length. In addition, the ice rink itself can be rented — for birthday parties, corporate holiday parties, for individual or for group skate time.
A holiday village with food, crafts and seasonal items will surround the rink, giving people watching the skaters or waiting for their session to begin something of interest to explore. Themed nights, some already planned, like Girls’ Night, Zombie Apocalypse Night or Rock & Roll Night, Opening Day Gala on Dec. 14 with musician Cynthia Renee, and the New Year’s Eve ball drop, will be an added feature of the ice rink.
The ice rink will bring approximately 20 part-time jobs to the community. A hiring announcement is expected soon and hiring will take place during the first week in December.
For more information about the Hangtown Holiday Ice Rink, including sponsorships and vendor booths, visit the Website at hangtownholidayicerink.com or attend the Oct. 2 meeting at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.
Contact Wendy Schultz at 530-344-5069 or [email protected] Follow @WSchultzMtDemo.