By Robert Medley
Outdoor ice skating is coming to Yukon this winter.
A holiday rink is planned for late November and through the month of December.
Ice skating will be part of the 25th anniversary of Yukon’s “Christmas In The Park,” at 500 W Vandament Ave. in Chisholm Trail Park, one of the state’s largest holiday light display, said City Manager Jim Crosby.
“We’re always looking for something different and upbeat to do and we’ve talked about this in the past, having an ice skating rink,” Crosby said.
Ice Challenge Enterprises LLC of Oklahoma City, will come to Yukon to set up a rink at no cost to the city. The city will be able to collect a percentage of profits, Crosby said.
The city council approved the rink in a Tuesday night regular city council meeting. Crosby went over details of the plan in a study session.
The company has also provided ice skating rinks for the City of Chickasha and City of Edmond for their holiday festivities.
Mayor Shelli Selby said, “I think that’s a wonderful thing and idea. That will be a real draw to Yukon.”
Crosby said, “It’s been a big draw wherever it’s been. It’s a very exciting time for us and something very nice to have.”
The rink will be set up for the holiday season. The company will pay the City of Yukon 40% of profits after collecting the first $98,500, according to the contract.
“He pays for all the labor, he does the setup, the ice and all the machines to do it and there is not a cost to the city,” Crosby said.
“We thought it would be a great addition this year, and something that can really be enjoyed by the people.”
Ward 4 City Councilman Aric Gilliland said, “I think it is a great idea. Sounds really fun.”
The rink will be located in a parking lot.
The council voted unanimously to approve the ice skating rink plan.