By Mary Kate Sheppard, Staff Writer—
With the COVID-19 pandemic still going strong in the United States, a ton of events which were scheduled for this year had to be cancelled, but some events, such as Chattanooga Choo Choo’s Ice on the Landing, are full steam ahead for the winter season.
Ice on the Landing has been around for years and is one of Chattanooga’s most popular seasonal ice skating rinks. For 2020, the ice is set to open Nov. 13 and continue operation into January. A single 80-minute skating session will cost $10 for adults and $8 for children under 12. Additional information on prices and hours can be found on their website.
There are many changes being put in place moving forward to help keep skaters and staff safe. Some of these include sanitizing stations, regular cleaning of the rails and a limit of 80 minutes per skater with colored wrist bands dictating groups and times.
One of the newest changes includes the rink operating at half capacity—roughly seventy five people. This allows more people to enter the rink in a safe rotation.
Carla Pritchard is the owner and manager of Chattanooga Presents, a company that puts on several different events in Chattanooga, including Ice on the Landing.
“We haven’t been able to do anything else this year, but we were determined to pull off Ice on the Landing,” Pritchard said. “We brainstormed the best way to make it happen this year. Of course, safety was our top priority in everything.”
Pritchard also said that she hopes maintaining half capacity will create more skating room for attendees, and generally make it a more enjoyable experience.
Pritchard said that she and Chattanooga Presents are excited to be able to open Ice on the Landing this year despite everything that has occurred.
“People are ready to get back outside after being stuck inside for so long,” she said. “It’s a great way to celebrate the holidays.”
Pritchard said that she’s excited for people to be able to experience Ice on the Landing this year because so many people have enjoyed it in the past.
“It’s beginner friendly and it’s a way that we can get back out into the community safely and get back a sense of normality,” Pritchard said.