PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Lloyd Center’s ice rink will close Sunday for renovations.
The new ice rink, set to open in time for the holidays next year, will be smaller and in the shape of an ellipse, mall manager Bob Dye tells KOIN.
The rink been in operation since the mall opened about 55 years ago.
However, not everyone is happy about the renovations. Some competitive and advanced skaters who practice regularly at the Lloyd Center worry the redesign will cut them out.
Although it’s not full regulation size, the rink was just big enough for skaters to practice advance techniques.
Dye said the new design of the rink will be focused on the mall’s key demographic: families.
Nancy Klinger – who works as an attorney – comes to the Lloyd Center for practice in the early morning hours. She tells KOIN she is worried she won’t have room to practice.
Dye said advance and competitive skaters make up only a small fraction of the number of overall rink users.
“We still feel that the resize and reshaping will make it more family friendly,” Dye said.
The exact dimensions of the new ice rink have not been released.
Sunday, January 17 will be the last day to skate the old rink. The mall is hosting a goodbye party, where there will be a discounted rate and cake.