SOCIAL benefits; Recreational ice skating is an activity that provides excellent opportunities for people of all ages to meet and socialize. Your rink can be a popular and fun gathering place for single adults, parents, children and teenagers, to meet new friends and “hang out” with old ones. From parents gathering to watch their children play a junior league game of hockey, to teenagers and children enjoying a public session that features their favorite music, your rink programs will cater to anyone’s tastes.
RECREATIONAL benefits; Ice skating is an activity that offers a very wide range of recreational options and advantages. It is something that can be enjoyed by an individual, or a group year-round. It is healthful, artistic, challenging, and entertaining, either for the avid professional, or the recreational skater.
SAFETY benefits; Both skating and hockey are rated as two of the safest sports. This may be difficult to believe, however, because of the potential for hazard the equipment that is required for these sports is very durable and extremely protective, thus increasing awareness and safety. As well, a skating rink is typically a secured area where parents can feel at ease leaving their children unattended in, as opposed to other popular “hang outs” like shopping malls and amusement parks.
ECONOMICAL benefits; During times of economic depression, the recreation and entertainment industries suffer very little, if at all. Many people will choose a fun day of skating at the local rink over spending more in an amusement park or meandering aimlessly in a mall or park.
EMPLOYMENT opportunities; A family skating center will provide many local jobs for the people of the community. It is the perfect first job for a young adult who is just entering the workforce. Management positions are an alternative for an older adult who may be tired of their previous job, or for those who had retired early. This is advantageous because with local residents working in your rink, their friends and relatives are more likely to choose to frequent your establishment at the chance of seeing their favorite rink employee. As well, they will have an inside to information on all upcoming rink events and programs.
COMMUNITY benefits; A rink will draws people from many miles away, in nearby communities, as far away as 60 miles and even more if there is a special event. This makes city strangers, as well as the uneducated resident, aware of other services and sights your neighborhood has to offer, which in turn creates more business for the whole community.