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An ice day for skating

November 23, 2018

Snow in Lake Havasu City might come once every 27 years, but one business owner plans to give residents some wintertime fun anyway.

According to ice skating rink owner Raymond Brogan, bringing ice to one of the country’s warmest regions is no small feat. He uses a modified air conditioner to freeze a series of metal coils beneath a 2,000 square-foot pool. Each coil is chilled to temperatures of 0 to 20 degrees Farenheit to freeze the water and create Lake Havasu City’s only ice skating rink. Last year, however, even Brogan’s specially-designed system couldn’t contend with the Havasu heat.

“Last year we had 90 degree days,” Brogan said. “The weather was a huge factor for us. This year I built a cover that should protect the ice a lot better.”

Brogan expects his ice skating rink, located at the London Bridge Resort’s tennis courts, to open Friday afternoon.

“I’m expecting a huge crowd,” Brogan said. “Families, grandparents and children will be skating. We’ve expanded our entry area this year. We’ll be offering sodas, water, adult beverages and hot chocolate … I really enjoy this. My wife and I look forward to it every year, and Havasuvians are really nice.”

According to Brogan, the rink could open as early as 4 p.m. Friday, but he is certain the skating rink will be open for business by 6 p.m., when Havasu’s annual “Festival of Lights” begins.

The ice skating rink will remain open throughout December and early January. For more information about hours of operation, visit the Lake Havasu City Convention and Visitors Bureau website at https://golakehavasu.com

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