Chester gains ice skating rink
Almanor Recreation and Park District (ARPD) recently announced its plan to offer ice-skating activities at the Truman Collins Sports Complex between Dec. 11 and mid-February.
Weather dependent (frozen ice required), the skating rink will operate from 4 – 8 p.m. daily, seven days a week as an official Winterfest activity.
More familiarly known as the field where Little League and soccer teams play, the temporary skating rink will be located on the district’s adjoining parking lot, on Meadowbrook Loop.
Board member and co-organizer Wes Maston said this is not the first time Chester has had this type of recreational opportunity.
“Ice-skating was done for about two years in a row, about 25 years ago,” Maston said.
He also said, “It was done by motivated citizens on the basketball court in the Chester Park.”
It was discontinued when one of the main motivated citizens moved from the area.
Chester Elementary School teacher Pam Birdsall, who was one of those motivated volunteers, remembered, “The rest of us folks worked and couldn’t devote the time to continue the ice rink.”
Maston said ARPD would like to sponsor ice skating every year as a recreation and as a district fundraiser.
The cost to skate will be $5 for individuals and $10 for a family ticket. Skating will be free Christmas and New Year’s Day.
“All events put on by ARPD are fundraisers as the district relies on user fees to survive,” Maston said.
ARPD is an unfunded special district, formed in 2000 after 75 percent of Basin voters approved the district’s formation.
As a fundraiser within the fundraiser, Maston said the Chester High School senior class would operate the snack shack to earn money for its upcoming senior trip.
“Right now we need volunteers to prep the ice at noon each day and others to staff the event from 4 – 8 p.m.,” Maston said.
He said the district also needs new and used ice skates.
“If you have any skates you wish to donate, drop them off at the ABC Center, at 372 Main St., or at the Truman Collins Sports Complex during skating hours,” he said.
Prior to taking to the ice, all skaters, of all ages, must complete an ARPD release of liability form. The forms will be available at the complex.
They are available on the Chester-Lake Almanor Chamber of Commerce website, lakealmanorarea.com. Click on the community calendar to find the downloadable form.
It is also district insurance policy that all skaters under 18 must wear a helmet.
For more information, call the Almanor Recreation and Park District office at 258-2562 and leave a name and callback telephone number.