It may be made out of synthetic material, but the chance to ice skate in Charles City in July is real.
While many traditions return to the city’s Fourth of July Celebration after being disrupted last year by COVID-19, there’s one addition that will be hard to ignore. Friday through Sunday in the parking lot behind the Chamber of Commerce, just north of Central Park, there will be a 32-by-55-foot, no-melt, synthetic ice rink installed for ice skating in the middle of summer.
Chamber Executive Director Mark Wicks says the rink, coming from Iowa City, was selected after organizers made the switch away from the normal inflatable amusements out of necessity.
The no-melt synthetic surface allows for ice skating and hockey fun at any temperature. Those wanting to give it a try can bring their own skates or rent ice skates for $1.
Wicks adds that entries for Saturday’s Fourth of July parade are also still being accepted.