Mobile ice-skating rink opens Saturday

Petra Lessoing
Kaiserslautern American

This year’s “Ice Age in Kaiserslautern” will start Saturday when the
mobile ice-skating rink opens its doors. Like last year, the
ice-skating rink is set up in a tent on the parking lot between
Lauterstrasse and Burgstrasse, next to the Kaiserslautern Garden Fair
entrance. Visitors will be able to reach it within three minutes from
the center of town.

***image1***Lord Mayor Bernhard Deubig will officially open the rink at 7 p.m.
Saturday, accompanied by a special surprise program. The well-known
Helmnot-Theater will present its ice show, “Barocco” featuring white
figures moving to the music and turning into fantasy figures of ice and
snow. The “Eiswittchen” ice-skating group from Worms will demonstrate
their skills to music.

After the show, all skaters can make their rounds on an artificial ice
surface of 20 by 30 meters. Those who don’t have their own ice skates
can get some from the rental place, which also offers skate sharpening.

To warm up cold fingers and take a break, visitors can sit down in the
bistro tent and watch the happenings on the surface through transparent

The entertaining program will offer games for children, special
activities and skating exercises. Every Friday, from 3 to 4 p.m.
inexperienced skaters can take a training lesson with an instructor.
Santa Claus will make his appearance Dec. 6 and pass out gifts to the

“We want visitors to experience ice-skating as a special event and put
the sports aspect in the foreground,” said Alexander Hess from the
project office for city events. “A special highlight will be the
ice-curling contest Jan. 17.”
This event will be dedicated to the FIFA World Cup 2006.

The daily skating hours are 9 a.m. to noon, 1 to 3 p.m., 4 to 6 p.m.,
and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday night, the rink stays open until 10

***image2***School classes that want to spend their field trip on the mobile
ice-skating rink can register with the Kaiserslautern City Sports
Department and agree on different skating times.

Admission is €2 for children and €3 for adults. School classes pay €1.50 per person.

“We are proud to be able to keep this price ever since the first
opening of the mobile ice-skating rink in 1999/2000,” said Mr. Hess.
“Only the price for the rental of skates was raised by €1 to €6 and the
sharpening will cost €3 this season.”

For those who really like skating, the director of the Kaiserslautern
City Sports Department, Klaus Hach, recommends purchasing a ticket for
12 visits, which is cheaper than buying 12 single tickets.

“When schools start their Christmas break Dec. 22, we will offer a
special price. Skating will then cost only €1.50,” said Mr. Hach.

The rink is available for special events such as children’s birthday
parties. For details, call the sports department at 0631-365-1521.

For more information, get the “Kaiserslautern on Ice” flyer from the
Tourist Information office in the city hall, local stores and
restaurants, or visit www.kaiserslautern. de. The mobile ice-skating
rink will be open through Jan. 29. Call 0631-710-7456 for details.