Barely a few days after the official opening to the general public last Wednesday, scores of people are thronging “263 Chilled Ice Skating rink” just to familiarise with the operations at the facility.
When you talk of ice sports or activities we can only relate the subject to far away countries like Island, Iceland, Canada, and others were the atmosphere allows for such fun and sporting activities to happen because the weather patterns in those areas are conducive for such.Being exposed to the icy atmospheres also allows individuals to be skilled in those fields which was never possible for an ordinary citizen of Zimbabwe.
However, that has become a thing of the past as many people have embraced the newly constructed ice skating rink at the Westgate Shopping Mall at the Fountain Court.
People are coming from all over Harare just to get a feel on the ice and spend time with their loved ones at the Westgate recreational facility named “263Chilled Ice skating rink”.
Yes, ice skirting is now in Zimbabwe and many people who have had the news are liking this remarkable development especially the kids and the youths.
The rink is open from 9am to 9pm daily and entry costs $8 for skaters and $4 for non skaters.
A person can skate for one whole hour and the entry free includes skating boots.
“263Chilled ice skating rink” indoor facility comes just in time for the summer season were it gets extremely hot in the country at times and the environment at the facility will do the magic by just cooling you down.
Though skating itself gets you sweating the cool off is instant and worth the slides on ice according to a number of fun lovers who have had the opportunity to take part in the skating activities therein.
This is just cool and entertaining ,when you get into the skating rink you can get all sweating but the ice cools you off instantly which is good for all skaters,” said Amish Chirisa who also had an opportunity to skate.
“I’m excited that at least what we thought wasn’t possible in Zimbabwe has come to our door step. Thanks to technology which has made this development possible,” said Luke Marlon who came all the way from Borrowdale to enjoy skating.
263 Chilled skating rink official Tamuka Muzondo said they want to add more activities within the facility to attract people with different indoor activities needs.
“We are in the process of adding more activities like pinball which will be on the top deck so that it becomes a hanging place for more people,” Muzondo said.
“People can also book for private functions like birthday celebrations or family fun days as well as others.”
School kids will also get an opportunity to be trained in various skating activities and sports like ice hockey as they will soon introduce skating classes tailored for them.
“The whole idea is to create a favourable atmosphere for anyone who needs indoor fun. We also cannot allow alcohol within the premises because it can be dangerous,” Muzondo said.
The rink will serve many people who cannot be in other countries to witness or take part in ice skating activities.
It is indeed something worth the experience this summer