The Ashland Rotary Centennial Ice Rink's new protective cover pushed attendance up by 23 percent this winter, according to Ashland Parks and Recreation Department staff who operate the rink.

The Ashland Rotary Centennial Ice Rink's new protective cover pushed attendance up by 23 percent this winter, according to Ashland Parks and Recreation Department staff who operate the rink.

"It was a tremendous season. The feedback we got from the public was that the ice was great," Parks Recreation Coordinator Lonny Flora said.

Attendance hit 12,970 visits for recreational open skate periods, up from 10,510 visits last winter, Flora said.

The rink hosts a range of other events, including figure skating, hockey, lessons, school outings and birthday parties.

The rink opened in late November and closed on Sunday.

Workers set up the seasonal rink each year in a parking lot on Winburn Way across from the Lithia Park children's playground.

Flora estimated revenue for the winter at $88,500, up from $72,100 last winter. Final revenue figures will be tabulated by March 24.

The ice rink had been without a cover since 2007, when its previous cover was crushed by a tree and heavy snow.

The Ashland Parks and Recreation Department paid $251,200 in fall 2013 for the new cover.

— Vickie Aldous