It’s time for developers to glide over and give Bournemouth permanent ice skating rink.
Bournemouth could really benefit from a permanent ice skating rink at this time with the popularity of the temporary ice rinks rising.
There’s not a lot to do in Bournemouth for young people so a rink open all year could give them a chance to actually develop their skills on the ice.
‘Gardens Ice Rink’ has been opening every year from November until January, since 2013, as part of the ‘Gardens Of Light’ festival in Bournemouth town centre as well as the ‘Rock Ice Rink’ at the Bic venue. Both rinks have been getting more and more popular each year which shows an interest in ice skating from the public.
Bournemouth used to have an ice rink called Westover ice rink which opened in the early 1930’s but had to tragically close in 1991 due to economic issues.
The past two years reunions have been held in December at the Bic, organised by Mary Waygood and Michele Harnet, for all the people who used to skate at Westover ice rink to share their memories and passion for breaking the ice.
A petition was set up in 2014 to bring back a permanent ice skating rink, hoping to catch the attention of local authorities with almost 2000 signatures but not enough people signed.
A plan for a permanent ice skating rink was set in October 2010, Bournemouth invited potential developers in 2012 but didn’t receive any bids. Parties showed interest soon after that but withdrew later on.
Bournemouth council decided that the ice skating rink would be built at King’s park and Olympic sized so it would be able to host other facilities within the complexe, but so far there’s still no developper.