WHAT TO DO: Springfield ice rink open; purchase tickets in advance

If you are looking for a fun, family activity in Springfield, lace up your skates and go ice skating indoors at the NTPRD Chiller Ice Rink.

Public skating is open daily.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the ice rink is operating at a limited capacity. Public skating sessions are limited to 40 skaters, a post on the NTPRD Chiller Ice Rink’s Facebook page said.

“Several Public Skating sessions are offered each week, however we are limiting attendance and requiring tickets to be purchased online in advance,” the post said.

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Tickets go on sale at noon the day prior to each session. Admission is $6 and skate rental is $3, the NTPRD Chiller Ice Rink’s website said.

When customers arrive at the rink, employees will scan their electronic ticket at the front desk.

The NTPRD Chiller Ice Rink is limiting the possible spread of the coronavirus by requiring face coverings, limiting entry to 15 minutes prior to your event and enforcing social distancing, the website said.

Jeremy Rogers, the assistant general manager at OhioHealth Chiller Ice Rinks told the News-Sun in June that it was difficult having the ice rink closed for several months due to the pandemic because they are not seasonal.

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“We need to stay busy, we need to have the ice booked and programs full,” Rogers said. “By the time the Springfield Chiller opens, we will have lost 25 percent of the year.”

The NTPRD Chiller Ice Rink reopened in late June after temporarily closing in March because of the pandemic.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.ntprdchiller.com.

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