By Carol McCracken (Post # 2,624)
“It’s a pretty unique spot. It’s beautiful with great views and great opportunities to eat and drink,” said Samantha Reisman, 34, this afternoon as the attractive newcomer to Portland took a break from skating at The Rink inside the Bissell Brothers Yurt at Thompson’s Point.
Reisman used to skate competitively all over the northeast when she was younger and lived in New Jersey. She gave it up at the insistence of her parents to pursue religious goals when she was thirteen (13) years old. “I love ice skating, but I have no regrets about giving it up back when I did.” Reisman works at Idexx in Westbrook.
The Rink that opened for the first year last season is a little larger than last year according to Mark Cashin, a manager at The Rink. It’s fifteen (15) feet wider and at least six (6) feet longer. The Rink opened three (3) weeks earlier this year than last year. That’s because skaters come out in droves in 30 degree weather. When the temperature dives as it can in January and February, fewer skaters come out to enjoy the ice Cashin said. December was The Rink’s best month Currently the ice on The Rink is refrigerated because of the warmish temps
Last year attendance for the season was about 19,000 skaters said Cashin who lives on Munjoy Hill and played soccer in college in upstate New York. Last year he worked as an ice guard at The Rink.
In early December The Rink is adding a new feature to the site. A two story tubing facility to add to the outdoor winter fun. It has to be cold enough to ice the hill, however.
Meanwhile, the popular Bar Association is open in the warming hut – a/k/a the Bissell Beer Yurt. It sells local craft beer, red and white wine and non-alcoholic beverages. Food trucks are on site. The Yurt is open Wednesday through Sunday.
The Rink is open seven (7) days a week. Ice skates may be rented on the premises.