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Ice rink opening delayed

ASHLAND — Amid the two-week pause on social activities implemented by Gov. Kate Brown to curb a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases, the Ashland Rotary Centennial Ice Rink will not open Nov. 21 as planned.

The pause is scheduled to end Nov. 25 for nine Oregon counties. Ashland Parks and Recreation has suspended ice rink opening plans until further notice, including setup, according to Recreation Superintendent Rachel Dials.

“While the ‘pause’ is a disappointment, given the current COVID-19 cases it’s the right thing to do. Until we are out of ‘pause,’ we cannot say when the ice rink will open,” APRC Director Michael Black said.

Dials said APRC planned and budgeted for capacity limitations this season, in line with guidelines from the Oregon Health Authority. Planning included preparation for fewer visitors, staff members and days open. However, staff halted rink setup to avoid expending resources such as staff time, ice-making and skate trailer arrangement.

“There is still a possibility that we may not open at all due to the ‘pause’ and if we end up back in phase one,” Dials said, referring to Oregon’s phased COVID-19 reopening system.

Information about skating instruction, group limitations, recreational skating sessions and ice rink opening updates may be found at ashland.or.us/icerink.

The Ashland Rotary Centennial Ice Rink will not open Nov. 21, as planned.Tidings file photo