By Elizabeth Rice
I was nervous to go ice skating at first, but the Berglund Civic Center made ice skating enjoyable. My friends and I went ice skating together last Sunday on January 5, 2019.
I thought the whole process of getting tickets and ice skates was smooth and successful. Luckily, by the time we got there, which was about 2:30, the line wasn’t long, so we were able to get the tickets pretty quickly.
The rental for ice skates line was longer, but the employees moved quickly and efficiently. It also helped that there were two lines. One of the line was for returning skates and one for receiving skates.
I thought the actual ice skating rink had room for a good amount of people to be able to skate around comfortably. However, most of my friends thought it was so crowded that they were worried of skating into someone.
It is important that the ice is safe to skate on, so I liked that there is a certain amount of time between skating when everyone clears the rink for a ice resurfacer to come through. This makes the ice clean and smooth, so there there is no worry rather the ice is safe to skate across.
The employees were nice and helpful. One employee that stood out to me was the employee that stood right outside of the rink’s entrance. She helped a girl to feel more safe by giving her a cone to skate with since there were no blue balancing walkers available at the time.
I was worried about falling, but there is a wall surrounding the rink to hold onto. They also had as I mentioned before seven blue walkers made for kids who needed help with balancing while ice skating.
I will say though that at one point I had to use the restroom, and it was difficult to find. I would recommend a sign directing people to the bathroom just like there were signs that directed people to the roller skater rink and the the line to rent skates.
There were not that many employees around the rink to ask for instruction, so I had to wait in the skate rental line just to ask an employee for instructions. I would also recommend more employees around the rink because the only employee I saw was the employee outside of the rink’s entrance.
I also wish the ice skating was open at more times. The only days that it is open are Sundays and Wednesdays which is the day of or before school or work for most people. A Friday evening or Saturday might fit around people’s schedules more. However I do realize The Berglund Center has other events than ice skating which might make the center’s schedule tight or difficult to make room for more ice skating.
Overall, The Berglund Center gives people a great way to spend time together. If you are looking for entertainment, I would recommend ice skating at the Berglund Center.
Try Ice Skating Out Yourself!
This was my view, but everyone views and experiences things differently. You can try it out yourself to get a personal experience!
Where: Berglund Center
When: January 9th 6:00pm - 9:00pm
January 13th 2:00pm - 5:00pm
January 16th 6:00pm - 9:00pm
January 20th 2:00pm - 5:00pm (Talecris Plasma Resources Night)
January 23rd 6:00pm - 9:00pm (90's theme - 18+)
February 10th 2:00pm - 5:00pm ("More than Pink" Valentine's Skate Day)
March 24th 2:00pm - 5:00pm
March 31st 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Talecris Plasm Resources January 20th- Enjoy a night with Grifols (Talecris) Plasma Resources family and friends! Plan your afternoon of skating and learn how you can "be more with us!"
90's-Themed Adult Night January 23rd- 18 and over only! "What's the 411?" Put on your overalls and chokers and come skate on this "totally" awesome night! Alcohol will be served. Skate at your own risk.
"More than Pink" Valentine's Skate Day February 10th- Bring out your significant other for a pre-Valentine's Day celebration! Join Susan G. Komen Virginia Blue Ridge in helping end Breast Cancer forever! $2 for each skate rental will be donated to Susan G. Komen Virginia Blue Ridge to help fund local breast health services and innovative Breast Cancer research.
Price: Two dollars to rent skates and six dollars for admission
Link to tickets: http://theberglundcenter.com/792/Public-Ice-Skating-18-19
Address: 710 Williamson Road Roanoke, VA 24016
Phone Number: 540-853-2241