Ice skating rink breaks attendance record

Attendance at the Headwaters Park Ice Skate Rink broke a record of 27,000 skaters.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Skates will be put away and Headwaters Park Ice Skating Rink will be dismantled after its final day of the season on Sunday.The 12th season for the rink comes to a close after having a record breaking year in attendance.

The 2015-2015 season for the rink was “exceptionally good,” said Executive Director Geoff Paddock in a press release.The rink broke its previous all-time record attendance with more than 27,000 skaters for the season as of Saturday.

“It’s a family friendly, it’s inexpensive,  it’s in the center of downtown. And I think it’s now become a tradition each year for children and families to come together and really enjoy this venue,” Paddock said.

In honor of the record attendance, admission was waved on Sunday for children and adults. However, there was still a $2 skate rental fee.

Since the rink opened in 2003, there have been about 258,000 skaters. With the help of several foundations, including the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne, the Auer Foundation, the Lincoln Financial Foundation, PNCE Charitable Trusts, and the Lupke Family Foundation, prices for the ice rink have not been raised.


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