This just in: Ice Skating Rink to be built at Strawbery Banke this winter!

Awesome news! Initial approvals have passed to build a “temporary pond-like structure” on the grounds of Strawbery Banke!

Planned to be built in the open lawn area between the Visitor Center and the cooper shop, the rink is planned to open for three months during the winter. The skating rink’s hours of operation would be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and would offer skating lessons and figure skating, as well as family and community skate times, open skate, after-school sessions and pick-up hockey.

What happens when the tricky New Hampshire winter weather turns spring-like? The rink would be frozen by a “chilling compressor system” and regularly resurfaced by a Zamboni. Fun!

City officials say the project heads into the fundraising phase in hopes that community-minded companies and private donors who’d like to make a positive and lasting impact on the city will be willing to lend a financial hand. Keep your fingers crossed, we need some outdoor skating spaces around here!

Read more about the impending Strawbery Bank rink at



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