Rotary Blue Train Park in Mouille Point

Arts Writer

THERE’S a new attraction in the city, and a first for the country – an outdoor synthetic ice rink has been installed at the Rotary Blue Train Park in Mouille Point. Now children can enjoy gliding around an outdoor ice rink on hot summer days providing hours of fun.

The installation of the ice rink is the brain child of Sean Holmes and Cornelis Ouwehand, who have led a project to restore and develop park into a fantastical family outdoor play experience. The park, which is open to the public and can be hired out as a children’s party venue, has undergone substantial refurbishment in the past 15 months, including painting of existing play equipment and garden landscaping.

The ice rink, which opened last Wednesday, is a key part of the Park’s restoration project. Made of Xtraice Pro Panels, the 126 square metre rink was partly sponsored. The ice panels are self-lubricated with the highest gliding degree in the industry. The rink is also environmentally friendly as it does not require electrical power to operate. Similar ice rinks have been installed in 70 countries around the world, including entertain-ment parks like Disneyland.

l Children aged three to 12 may rent skates and take to the rink for 30 minutes: 084 314 9200, www.thebluetrainpark.co.za