Ice skating returns to Asheville Civic Center

The Asheville Civic Center will begin offering public ice-skating sessions beginning on Monday, Dec. 22, and lasting through Jan. 25.

Civic Center Director Sherman Bass said he and his staff are still working out exact dates and times for the 75-minute public-skating sessions, which will cost $5. Skate rental will cost $1.50.

Aside from the public sessions, the Asheville Hockey League is the other big user of the ice, and Bass said he’s working with the city parks and recreation department on the league’s schedule.

The city has been offering public ice-skating since the days of the Asheville Smoke, the city’s professional ice-hockey team that played at the Civic Center from 1998 to 2002.

Bass, who started work as the center’s director earlier this year, says he’s anxious to hear feedback from residents about the ice-skating sessions. It’s a “year-by-year decision” on the city’s part as to whether or not to continue the program, Bass says. That’s because the facility wasn’t designed for ice, and due to the costs associated with it.

Look for the city to post a skating schedule around Dec. 1, Bass says.

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