Via Cadillac News – By Chris Lamphere
CADILLAC — Downtown Cadillac will look like a scene out of a Norman Rockwell painting this winter.
The fireplace inside the Plaza at Cadillac Commons has been in use for several weeks, and next Friday, Dec. 16, city crews will construct the other major feature of the project — a skating rink.
Cadillac City Manager Marcus Peccia said the city recently received all of the components of the rink and will likely begin assembling it Thursday.
In addition to opening the rink up to the public on Friday, city officials will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4:15 p.m.
Project engineer Connie Houk said the 30-by-52.5-foot skating rink likely will be positioned in the splash pad area but can be moved to several different spots within Cadillac Commons, including under the farmers market once it is built and in front of the Rotary Pavilion.
Houk said an idea she has is to set up the skating rink in front of the Pavilion and let people skate while playing the Disney movie “Frozen” on the projector screen.
Although the skating rink will be set up during the winter months, Houk said since the ice is made out of a synthetic material, it could be used year-round, if desired.
Cadillac Community Development Director John Wallace said the synthetic material has a very similar feeling to ice when being skated upon but with slightly more resistance.
“You might notice being tired out a little sooner than you normally would skating on ice,” Wallace said.
Visitors will have to bring their own skates and equipment when using the ice rink, but Wallace said the city may eventually start a rental program.