Woodgrove Centre in Nanaimo will welcome skaters to its centre court as it officially unveils a new indoor skating rink on Saturday, Feb. 10.
Opening celebrations take place Feb. 10 and 11 and B.C. ice dance competitors Sarah Arnold and Thomas Williams will perform, according to a press release. The 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games will also be taking place in South Korea and to offer an opportunity to show support, there will be a two-metre faux-ice maple leaf for people to take photos and selfies with to show support for Team Canada.
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Arnold and Williams will perform both days at 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
The Nanaimo Clippers will be on hand Family Day, Monday, Feb. 12 from 1 to 3 p.m. for skating and to sign autographs.
The rink will be open from Feb. 10 until April 1 and admission is $3 per person for 15 minutes. The rink is open 1-5 p.m. daily and additional sessions are available Wednesday to Friday 6-8 p.m. There will be Toonie Tuesdays and Thursdays, with admission being $2 per person for 15 minutes as well. All proceeds go to the Nanaimo Child Development Centre.
There will be some skates and helmets to loan, but the mall is suggesting people bring their own skates and helmets if they can.