A nice time for ice time

Arena a good place for exercise, family time

Having never before put on ice skates, Brooke Parmely did what many first-timers on skates might call amazing.

She completed her first couple of laps at the Moffat County Ice Skating Arena on the bladed skates without falling.

Her secret: Getting some pointers from a rink employee and sticking close to the walls. Asked if she fell once she ventured toward the middle of the rink, "Yeah, kind of," she said with a laughed.

Falling or not, Parmely, who turns 15 today, said she enjoyed the experience.

She wasn't alone, as an estimated 75 to 100 people used the facility on Thursday.

Penny Doolin, a light equipment operator at the arena, said the rink has been well used during the past week.

"It's fun," she exclaimed about why people come to the Loudy-Simpson Park location for skating. "You can exercise and it's a place to bring your kids and have parties down here. There are all kinds of reasons to come down here.

"You get a lot of cardio out of it and it's pretty entertaining. It's all around good exercise I think."

Parmely, who is from Iowa, came down with family member, Michelle Carrothers, of Maybell.

With school out and family in town, Carrothers made the 30-mile trek from Maybell for some "family fun.

"The kids love it, and the moms love the heaters," Carrothers said.

Public skate times vary at the arena. The best way to find out public skate times is to call 824-3011, Doolin said.

January's open skate schedule is still being worked on, as officials try to fit in ice hockey tournaments.

"If you haven't come down, you need to come check it out," Doolin said. "It's a pretty neat place. It's busy. People can come watch games if they're not coming for the public skate. There are tournaments all of the time."

Watching hockey games is free. Public skate costs $3 per person, and $3 to rent skates. The facility also hosts private parties.

Jerry Raehal can be reached at 970-824-7031, ext. 204 or jraehal@craigdailypress.com.

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