Letná ice rink attracted 89,000 skaters

The rink has now closed for the season but was more popular than last year

This winter was the third consecutive year that the city provided an ice rink at Letná, and it proved popular. From the beginning of December 2018 to Feb. 23, 2019, it was visited by 89,000 people, an increase of 12 percent compared to the previous year. In addition, 813 school groups and various children's clubs took part in skating not only from Prague, but also from the surrounding area. Hundreds of children took advantage of free skating lessons.

“I tried skating myself, and the public’s interest was really enormous, which pleased me.

Not only did we have create leisure time options for families but we also motivated people to do sports. Moreover, not only Praguers, but many foreigners from all over the world visited the ice rink. I would definitely want to continue with this in the years to come,” City Councilor Vít Šimral (Pirates), responsible for education and sports, said.

There were several innovations this year, for example, a separate 10x15 meter rink for children, where the smallest athletes could experience skating for the first time. The city provided them with experienced instructors for free. People of all ages could use the instructors as well.

Another novelty that increased the comfort of visitors was a large heated tent with refreshments so athletes and their escorts could relax.

Four days had special themed events with music, competitions or special guests: Devil’s skating on Dec. 5, Christmas, New Year’s and Valentines Day.

In under three months of operation, the grooming roller was used for about 600 kilometers, a total of 350 tons of ice was produced, and 10,000 liters of coolant was circulated under both rinks.

The rink operated until Feb. 24, and was capable of operation up to 15 degrees Celsius.

Even if the closing had not been previously scheduled, the incoming warm weather would have made further operation impossible.

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