Killington has a new winter attraction: An ice skating rink at the Johnson Recreation Center tennis courts opened just before the new year. This addition to the town’s recreation department will bring new programs to the community and provide another way to enjoy the winter season.
The idea started back in October. It began as a Powerpoint presentation constructed by Killington resident Arra Derderian, which led to an informational meeting where residents came together and voiced their opinions and personal experiences running smaller ice rinks in their backyards.
The town’s new 50-by-90-foot drop-in ice rink was purchased from Iron Sleek Incorporated and was put together by volunteers. Once temperatures began to drop, the Killington Fire Department, led by Gary Roth, filled it twice using an estimated 20,000 gallons of water.
To maintain the ice rink, 26 volunteers from the Killington area signed up to assist in resurfacing and shoveling the surrounding area of the rink, while the town highway department will plow.