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An unconventional way to stay cool

Post by Brent Champaco on July 29, 2009 at 12:51 pm with No Comments »
July 29, 2009 12:51 pm

My assignment today is to find spots that people are going to keep cool in the 100ish-degree heat. One of the most unconventional places is the ice rink at Sprinker Recreation Center in Spanaway.

I visited the cool spot about 11 a.m., when the center’s competitive skaters were practicing their moves. It was one of the best ways to beat the heat that I’ve found this week.

The arena was a cool 65 degrees, which center officials say is hotter than usual. I didn’t mind.

Skating Director Kathy Wainhouse said the ice rink is a great spot for people to cool off. Visitors can still get water, it’s just the rink’s water is hard.

“It’s a little perk to come here on days like this,” she said.

Diane Weiner of Roy was sitting in the stands watching her daughter, Kellee, skate.

She said she watches her daughter practice almost every day, but it was an especially good idea to do so today.

“We’re certainly up for them to skate as many sessions as they want today,” Weiner said.

Sprinker offers open skating every day. Here is the schedule:

Monday: 6:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

Tuesday: 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

Thursday: 10:30 a.m. to noon (All ages), 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. (30 and older)

Friday: 7:45 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.

Saturday: 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., 8:15 p.m. to 10:15 p.m.

Sunday: 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

Admission rates range from $4 to $6 depending on you age and when you go. Skate rentals cost $2.

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