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Snowflake Ice Rink returns to Tahlequah

Published 11/17/17

Ana Davis

TNE Writer

One of the most popular attractions in Tahlequah during the winter months is the Snowflake Ice Rink. Tahlequah is the only community around to offer such a fun attraction that is affordable for the whole family. This catches the attention of other communities and brings people from all over to Tahlequah.

To make sure everyone is safe, there is at least one person monitoring skaters on the ice at all times. This helps make sure everyone is following the rules and none of the first-time skaters are getting pushed around on the ice.

Dusty Fore, SkateHouse owner, has helped build and maintain the ice for the rink in past years. When not managing the rink, Fore has been seen teaching children how to skate on the ice.

“Dusty really is the best person for this,” said Amanda Ellis, Mail-Mart owner. “I’ve been taking my kids to the skatehouse for years and to the ice rink since they opened. He loves the kids and loves helping them. As a parent, that helps me know my kids are in good hands.”

The ice rink will be located under the pavilion at Norris Park as it was last year.

The weather can play a big role in the maintenance of the ice. If ice is not completely solid or too scraped up, it can cause a potential safety hazard. In the past, rain has affected the rink, but last year the warm weather made it hard to maintain, as well. The pavilion will also help shade the ice rink on warmer days. It is a work in progress though.

“There will be a lot of progress,” said Fore. “We want this to be a place that is fun for everyone, which is why we strive to make improvements every year, so people keep coming back. Every year people from different areas come to check out the ice rink. It just keeps growing, and for that I am grateful.”

The Snowflake Ice Rink is a favorite gathering place among college students in the weeks leading up to finals and Chrsitmas.

“The ice skating rink was a wonderful idea for Tahlequah,” said Tabatha Russell, NSU alumna. “My sorority sisters and I loved going and spending time together skating. It brought something new to do and entertained us.”

Ice skating is not for everyone. Guests not participating can sit and watch everyone with treats, as well as hot chocolate to keep warm. Every year more and more communities around Tahlequah find out about the Snowflake Ice Rink. With Tahlequah being a short drive away from so many surrounding communities, more and more people come every year.

“My family and I have been coming since they opened,” said Scott Abbott, Fort Gibson resident. “It’s amazing how much it has grown over the years and just how much joy it brings to everyone.”

On the weekends the ice rink skate sessions are from 2-9 p.m. and cost $10 a person, skates included. On schooldays,  the ice rink is open from 6-9 p.m., and on days without school the ice rink is open from 2-9 p.m. Skaters can stay as long as they want.

Safety is important. Keep these few tips in mind when on the ice. Wear the proper clothing, long sleeves and pants, to keep warm and prevent injury from the ice. Younger children might want to wear a helmet or knee pads and should be accompanied by an adult. Never push or shove others, especially on the ice. It is a hazard that could lead to some serious injuries.

Opening day for Snowflake Ice Rink was scheduled for Nov. 18, but it has been pushed back to Nov. 20 due to the warmer temperatures. It is scheduled to close on Jan. 2.

For more information on Snowflake Ice Rink visit or visit their Facebook page for updates.

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