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Headwaters Park outdoor ice rink prepares to close after record-breaking season

Ice Skating at Headwaters Park

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - Workers at the Headwaters Park outdoor ice rink are preparing to close after a record-breaking season.

Executive Director Geoff Paddock tells ABC21 they've surpassed a record amount of skaters this season with 32,500 folks hitting the ice so far.

The 17th season for the rink started on Nov. 16, 2019, and the last day to skate is March 1.

For the first time in 17 years, folks who didn't bring their own ice skates to the rink had to pay $1 extra.

“We want to keep rates low, so everybody can afford to be here. Our rates do not go up for admission, but we did raise the skate rental $1… from $2 to $3,” Councilman Geoff Paddock (D) said. 

This rental increase will help the ice rink replace some of their old ice skate rentals.

The pavilion on the north edge of downtown Fort Wayne — on Clinton at Superior Street — is a popular destination for children and adults alike each winter.

Kayla Crandall

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