Faced with the recent sweltering hot weather, I did something I have not done for almost 7 years – I went ice-skating to escape the heat. Ice skating was never really on my radar since the ice rinks in Singapore were far and few, and so small I felt akin to a hamster running in its own exercise wheel – what’s the fun of going round and round in while trying to avoid the throngs of falling people, I wondered. Furthermore, ice skating felt like an activity only meant for the young, maybe because older folks like clumsy me are likely to fall and break our bones. I took extra effort NOT to fall cos’ it’s not the age to be proudly sporting blue-black bruises.
Located at the heart of JCube on Level 3, The Rink recently had its official opening on 12 August 2012. It has a 460 seat gallery and the 60 by 30 metre ice rink (Singapore’s first and only Olympic-size rink) is designed to host international events and competitions for sports such as ice hockey, curling and speed skating. Over 80,000 people have visited The Rink since its soft launch on 2 April 2012, and it will be hosting its first ice hockey league from September 2012.
The Rink is the first sports facility developed under the Singapore Sports Council’s Community/Sports Facilities Scheme which encourages the integration of community or sports facilities in private commercial developments. A national Learn-to-Skate programme has been rolled out to equip participants with foundational skills in ice skating through a progressive five-week course. Those who are more in for the fun can boogie it up at the disco-themed ice skating sessions held on the first and third Fridays of every month.
2 Jurong East Central 1, Level 3, JCube
Tel: +65 6684 2374
Opening Hours: 10:30AM to 9:30PM (Mon – Thurs); 10:30AM to 11:45PM (Fri – Sun & PH)
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/therink.sg
On the whole, I had a great time on ice. Did I fall? Yes – dramatically in a 3-person pile-up which resulted in a 3-session acupuncture (see, I was right about being not at the age to fall down). It could have been worse, if not for the ample natural padding on my butt :D Would I go back? Yes I would. It was fun and a different kind of experience. Lots of memories can be made here, such as…
A First-ever proposal at The Rink