Temporary ice skating rink will ‘be so fun’


HUNTINGBURG — A temporary ice skating rink will be in Market Street Park on Saturday, Nov. 30, and Destination Huntingburg hopes people come to the rink to skate.

“In support of Small Business Saturday, we want people to come down and shop, eat and play local,” Sarah Flamion, president of Destination Huntingburg, said Tuesday evening. “It’s going to be so fun.”

Small Business Saturday is a day recognized nationally to encourage people to shop at small businesses during the Christmas season; it follows Black Friday.

The Huntingburg Park Board agreed on Monday to allow the temporary installation.

The 1,000-square-foot rink will be installed in Menke Plaza, which is directly behind Old Town Hall. A company will come in on that Saturday and install the rink, which is actually made of a non-ice material. “It’s brought in in pieces and assembled that day,” Flamion said.

Skating will be from noon to 7 p.m., and costs $5 for unlimited skating. The rink will accommodate about 25 people at one time. Therefore, people will be allowed to skate for about 15 minutes at a time, depending on how many people are waiting to skate. But people can skate as many times as they want.

“They can skate all day,” Flamion said. “Hopefully, they will skate, go shop or eat, and then come back and skate again.”

Destination Huntingburg will have skates available for use, which is included in the fee. “But if people have ice skates,” Flamion said, “they are more than welcome to bring their own.”

The park board also:

Gave Parks Director Larry Altstadt permission to look into fixing the clock at the top of Old Town Hall.

Heard that five flammable storage cabinets for different parks will be purchased with a grant the city’s safety department has received. The cabinets will cost $500 to $700 per cabinet.

Agreed to install a gate in the fencing at League Stadium. The gate will be opened when the large stage is brought in and placed on the field as part of the Herbstfest, Altstadt explained. Currently, fencing has to be taken down for this process. The gate will cost about $3,500 to install, he said.

Approved installing aluminum fencing at the northwest and southwest corners of Market Street Park between the park and private property. The goal is to keep park users from walking across private property to get to and from the park, Altstadt explained. The fencing will be bought from Vinyl Concepts for $11,920.

Agreed to purchase 20, black crowd control barriers to be used at the parks; they will cost about $130 each, Altstadt said.

Approved purchasing a standing lawn mower from All Seasons for $6,269.

Learned from Clerk-Treasurer Tom Dippel that the city cannot fund chamber certificates for gifts due to fiscal policy changes.

Approved a request to hold next year’s Family Festival at the city park on Saturday, Aug. 8.

Heard that the driving range will be shut down toward the end of November, and that a drainage pipe was installed by the sidewalk toward the water tower to keep water from flowing across the trail.

Heard that more than 40 seniors are going on a trip with the senior center to the Biltmore Dec. 9-12.

Elected Abby Fink as vice president, to replace former board member Mark Peters, and Shannon Fuhs as secretary, to replace Fink.

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