Shimla Ice-Skating Rink starts: One of the three natural ice-skating rinks in the world at Shimla may lose its natural status when it completes its century in 2020. This is because of the reason that the shrinking Ice-Staking Rink here is planned to be converted into an artificial one in due course. It is shrinking because of rise in temperature of the city because of overcrowding and increase in activities in the vicinity. So the Ice-Skating Rink Club is planning to make an artificial one.The management of the club says that longer the ice-skating season’s span of four to five months, the more cost effective it becomes.
This will encourage in line skating, which is less expensive, which is must to hone the skills of Indian skaters to prepare them for international events and make ice skating a mainstream sport.Ice-Skating Rink here attracts swarms of people from India and abroad. Every year thousands of sports lovers try their skills here. When we talk about Shimla city, ice skating is the only outdoor activity to do, especially for locals and the tourists, during winters.In good old days the skaters, who were keen to begin the session, were happy to see as ‘red balloon’ in the sky over the roof of the Shimla Municipal Corporation building as a signal for the opening of Ice-Skating Rink. The trial sessions were necessitated to avoid injuries or mishaps.
These days, despite the bone chilling weather enthusitic locals and the tourists are ready to try their skills on icy floor. Clear sky and low temperature were perfect for an outdoor activity. All walks of life and all age-group people like to participate in the ice skating sessions. During winter vacation all the schools and collages are closed so children and youngsters enjoy ice skating. Even school children are eager to join the sessions after school hours or on holidays.
Every year thousands of locals and tourists participate in the sessions.Bhuvnesh Banga, Secretary of the Shimla Ice-Skating Rink, has explained to the DP Correspondent, “The ice-skating sessions are continued for the locals and the tourists. But the tourists can also join the sessions. We urged the Union government to provide for the budget to improve facilities and to convert the existing natural ice-skating rink into an artificial one because the rink is shrinking.
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