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Public roller skating

Where: Douglas N. Everett Arena, 15 Loudon Road, Concord
When: Fridays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. and Sundays, 4-6 p.m. through July 31 (teen night 8-10 p.m. Fridays and adult skating 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sundays)
Cost: $5 for admission, $5 for skate rentals
Visit: concordnh.gov/skating




Roll on
Concord arena opens up for public roller skating

06/16/16
By Matt Ingersoll listings@hippopress.com



 Much like it does with ice skating in the winter, Everett Arena in Concord is now, for the first time, offering public roller skating every Friday and Sunday through July 31.

“There’s really not another roller skating rink in the area, that I’m aware of at least,” said Jeff Bardwell, arena and properties manager for the City of Concord’s General Services Department. “I know of one out in Enfield, and there used to be one in Laconia and another one here in Concord many years ago, but there hasn’t been anything here locally for a while. So, we thought it’d be a good activity to add in, and it was good timing. We’ll have the full effect, too, with the disco ball and lights.”
Skating began June 10 and will be available from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and 4 to 6 p.m. on Sundays, complete with a DJ, disco ball and lighting. The arena will also host “teen night” for skaters ages 12 to 17 on Fridays from 8 to 10 p.m. and adult skating on Sundays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is $5, plus an additional $5 for a rental of quad skates.
The arena, which has been owned by the city since 1981, operates as an ice skating rink from mid-September to mid-March and holds hockey games, ice skating lessons and stick practice sessions. In mid-March, the venue gets converted to its concrete surface to host dry floor events like home shows, antique shows and flea markets that run through the first week of Labor Day.
“We have always said that June or July are maintenance months for the arena,” Bardwell said. “We’ve been doing roller derby skating here for four or five years now, and we’ve always looked for other revenue sources as well as for something new to offer to the community.”
Taking the ice rink down and switching to the dry floor is much faster and easier to do than setting up the ice, Bardwell said, despite the fact that the ice stays on for a majority of the year. Making the switch from ice to concrete takes only about three to four days, he said, while preparing the arena for winter events in September can take as many as 20 days due to the freezing and refrigeration of the ice and the hand-painting of the rink’s surface.
“On the first day, we work by shaving the ice down as thin as possible until we get to concrete in several locations,” Bardwell explains in an instructional video produced by the city. “Depending on the weather conditions, we’ll scrape up whatever ice is remaining … or sometimes we have to take a squeegee to any remaining water on the floor.”
About three quarters of the dasher boards in the hockey rink are taken down in preparation for the dry floor events before the floor gets scrubbed several times over the course of a couple of days.
“Taking the bleachers and safety netting and everything down is much easier,” he said. “Then they go right back up once the last dry floor event of the season is over during the second week of September.”
Until then, the floors will be open for the public roller skating hours, as well as for groups.
“It’d be a great opportunity for many summer camps in the area like for instance if they planned on going to the beach and it rained, they could give us a call in the morning,” he said, “and we can certainly accommodate them if there is nothing else going on at the arena. Of course, we also can accommodate birthday parties or other private rentals as well.”
Private bookings for birthday parties or other events related to roller skating cost $75 per hour, plus the cost of skate rentals. For more information on skating at the Everett Arena or how to book a private event this summer, visit concordnh.gov/skating or call 228-2784. 





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