Business Journal: Citrus Heights Gets Skating Rink
A mall in Citrus Heights will open a skating rink for the holidays … but without ice.
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
The Sunrise Marketplace in Citrus Heights will open its 1,200 foot rink on November 17, near the Macy’s store. But instead of ice, skaters will glide on a surface of synthetic ice – consisting of a plastic sprayed with what’s called a glide agent. Ice skaters had a preview of this at the California State Fair, where an Alameda company put its innovation on display. That company, BH Skating Parks, says synthetic ice is a tenth the cost of real ice to install and maintain. It’s a little slower, however … which might be safer for the many learners who step on the ice at malls.