There’s a new attraction in Cape Town and a first for the country – an outdoor synthetic ice rink has been installed at the Rotary Blue Train Park in Mouille Point. Now children can enjoy gliding around an outdoor ice rink on hot summer days providing hours of fun with spectacular views of mountain and sea to top it all off.
The installation of the ice rink has been the brainchild of Cape Town businessmen Sean Holmes and Cornelis Ouwehand, who have lead a project to restore and develop the Rotary Blue Train Park into a unique and fantastical family outdoor play experience.
The park, which is open to the public or can be hired out as a children’s party venue, has undergone substantial refurbishment in the past 15 months, including painting of existing play equipment and garden landscaping.
A great portion of the park’s operational proceeds are donated to Rotary. Everything else is invested back into park operations and maintenance.
The ice rink, which was opened to the public for the first time on December 30 is a key part of the Park’s restoration project.
Made of Xtraice Pro Panels, the 126 square metre rink was partly sponsored by PenBev (the local bottler and distributor of The Coca-Cola Company products in the Western and Northern Cape). The ice panels are self-lubricated with the highest gliding degree in the industry. The rink is also environmentally friendly as it does not require electrical power to operate.
Similar ice rinks have been installed in 70 countries around the world, including entertainment parks like Disneyland.
Children between the ages of three and 12 may rent bright blue ice skates and take to the rink for 30 minutes at a cost of R30 or skate for a full hour at a cost of R50.
* For more information, visit www.thebluetrainpark.co.za, or call 084 314 9200.