City residents warming up to Gloversville ice rink

GLOVERSVILLE – Saturday’s rain showers made ice skating at the city’s Littauer Field ice rink nearly impossible, but Recreation Commission members were still in high spirits during the rink’s official opening celebration.

“We’re contributing our time to the community to bring people together and give them something fun to do, and I don’t mind doing it at all,” commission chairman Jeff Ashe said.

The commission was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation. The group used about half of the grant to create an ice rink for the city. A total of $4,000 paid for the rink’s liner and about $1,000 paid for ice skates, which are available for rent at the rink.

The rink, which is 100 by 60 feet, already has been open to the public for weeks. It’s open for skating all the time, but a concession stand and skate rentals only are available Wednesdays and Saturdays from 5 to 8 p.m.

The rink offers all size skates. The rental fees are $1 for children and $2 for adults.

“We had a man and his family come here the other day and he needed a size 13 skate,” commission member Helen Thompson said. “We didn’t have a size 13 then, but we have it now.”

The commission offers chili, soup, popcorn, hot chocolate and candy for sale to skaters on Wednesday and Saturday evenings.

Ashe said he’s looking for more volunteers to work so the concession and rentals can be available throughout the week.

Commission member Natalie Sgambato said she’s seen a lot of families come to the rink the past two weeks before the official opening.

“Some families skate for hours and some only skate for a few minutes, but everyone seems to really enjoy themselves,” Sgambato said.

Ashe said about 100 people have visited the rink the last two weeks.

“I’m hoping that once the temperature goes back down, more people will come back to the rink and use it,” Ashe said.

Mayor Dayton King said he thinks the ice rink is a great activity for the community.

“It’s a great venue, and it’s a great way for people to get out and do something right in their back yard for very little money,” King said Saturday. “Unfortunately, the weather didn’t cooperate today, but hopefully, people will show up and use the rink.”