COLORADO SPRINGS — One month after initially opening, Skate in the Park is still able to welcome folks to Acacia Park with tighter restrictions in place and limited time slots.
Event organizers were able to make the event successful, and a lot of it has to do with the fact that the park's skating rink is the only outdoor one in the city. Plus, event organizers have been working hand in hand with city and county health officials to make sure they're following all safety protocols.
Even with limited time slots, organizers behind Skate in the Park tell News5 every time slot they have posted so far has quickly filled up.
Skate in the Park kicked off November 13, almost a month ago. All in all, things are faring well for the event despite those new restrictions.
Instead of having an all-day skating even, organizers are hosting two hour skating sessions for a max of 75 people total - that includes spectators, too.
That gives their cleaning team an hour in between to sanitize all contact points and surfaces.
"Obviously we have a lot of fresh air, it's a good experience, it's a safe experience because we're taking those extra precautions to clean," explained Andrew Rummel, the general manager of Colorado Springs' ice skating rings. "People that who have traditionally come, it's going to look a little different but we've taken a lot of measures to make sure people are safe and have an enjoyable experience."
Reservations for their time slots are now strictly online. That helps with contact tracing and cuts down on any human interaction to make it a cashless experience. The only in-person purchases that are available here are drinks and food sold by story coffee.
Time slots are posted every couple of weeks, just in case any COVID restrictions were to change. Due to level red COVID restrictions, different families and groups must socially distance from one another.
Spectators can get in for free but still have to sign up, skaters under 4 years old are also free. Every other skater has to pay $9, which includes skate rentals.
To check out their time slots, click here.