EDMOND — Edmond's outdoor ice skating rink attendance dropped 15 percent during its second year of being open in downtown during the holiday season.
“Unfortunately, the total attendance declined from the first year, from 9,575 to 8,068,” said City Manager Larry Stevens.
Ice skaters had the opportunity to enjoy the outdoor rink at Festival Market Place from the day after Thanksgiving through New Year's Day.
City officials joined forces with Ice Challenge Enterprises to offer the rink.
Dmitri Logoutine, a former Russian ice skater who was stranded in Oklahoma in 1994, is the owner of the outdoor rink.
“This decline was primarily the result of the unseasonable warm weather, which hurt ticket sales and also resulted in the rink being closed for four days,” Stevens said. “The warm weather also required additional utility costs, and additional operating staff to rebuild and maintain the ice.”
The rink operator provided charity tickets and fundraising opportunities to a number of groups in the community.
“We look forward to working with Dmitri Logoutine and his staff in planning for this year's holiday rink season,” Stevens said.