Who knew a giant block of ice would mean big business for downtown Lexington?
“Kids are skating and parents are coming in here to shop,” said Cynthia Omdrias, who works in Artique on West Vine Street. “It's definitely had a huge impact; we've seen a lot more shoppers since it opened. They come in and you can tell their legs are sore!”
The new rink had its grand opening in Triangle Park on November 19. Since then, business leaders say some stores have seen about 65% more people in the doors.
“One of our goals is to make downtown user-friendly, and it has done that,” says Renee Jackson, who serves as president of the Downtown Lexington Corporation, the organization that controls the rink. “It’s been great, and shops in the Lexington Center and Victorian Square have noticed a significant increase in traffic and sales are up. And this is just the beginning.”
More is on the way to Triangle Park; an outdoor café is set to serve up hot drinks, pastries, and other goodies to the skaters starting next year. Also planned is an outdoor movie screen with free shows.
IF YOU GO
The rink is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and days when there is no school in Fayette County. It will be open noon to 8 p.m. Sundays, 4 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 4 to 10 p.m. Fridays. Skating is $10 for 90 minutes, with or without skate rental.