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Hobbs Ice Arena makes ice in final rink for winter sports

Eau Claire (WQOW) – The final of the three rinks at Hobbs Ice Arena is finally getting its ice.

Akervic Rink will be ready for skates on Tuesday. Until then, Patrick Newkirk, the facility and program supervisor at Hobbs will have to add several levels of paint and 13,000 gallons of water. That will provide somewhere around 1.25 inches.

“That’s thick enough that it’s safe, that we don’t have issues with people getting too close to the concrete and hitting skates on the concrete below the ice. It’s also thin enough that it’s efficient as it can be to keep frozen. The thicker the ice is, the more expensive it is to keep frozen,” Newkirk said.

Find specific events on the Hobbs website.

Geoff Daley

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