Mississippi closing only Ice Skating Rink

In a move that I must admit really hurts me to the core, Mississippi is losing it’s only Ice Skating rink. The Ice Park is scheduled to lock their doors and turn off the equipment on August 8, 2007.

I moved my family to this area in 1997, and both my daughters started Ice Skating. 10 years later, my oldest daughter is still loving the sport and has begun coaching at the rink. Not only will she be losing her job, she will be losing the sport she has been passionate about since she was 8.

I am not sure who I am more upset with. The owners of the rink, who I believe could never get a handle on how to manage the facility, or the community which continues to show that it probably leads the nation in apathy, especially for a Capitol city.

For 10 years we struggled to finance our daughter to skate and compete. We always managed, but it was hard. We could hardly find people in the area that were willing to support the youth at the rink, and that is extremely sad to see. I would go as far as to say that some of the local sportscasters would not even consider Ice Skating a sport, and that is just simple ignorance.

The Mississippi Figure Skating Club has done well in comparison to other rinks of the same size. Just this past weekend they took 3rd place in a competition in Alabama. We have a group of kids (and parents) that are now left with nothing but a shattered dream.

Come on Mississippi, there has to be someone out there with a solution to this problem and help keep a facility that offers our kids an opportunity to have a safe and fun place to enjoy themselves.

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007

3 Responses to “Mississippi closing only Ice Skating Rink”

  1. Mike Kelsey says:

    I feel bad for you reading this and for your daughters…I have 2 kids that play ice hockey and I know how this would devastate them…..good luck and maybe somebody will re-open the rink at some point.

  2. Hi there…Thanks for the nice read, keep up the interesting posts about ice skating rinks..what a nice Wednesday .

  3. Hello…Man i just love your blog, keep the cool posts about comin..holy Wednesday .

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