While it’s supposed to be warm this weekend, a handful of people in Grafton are looking forward to mid-November when they will be able to lace up their ice skates.  The Loading Dock is converting its warehouse into an ice skating rink, and the plan is to have it ready to go in about a month and a half.

Afton Hughes, Event Coordinator at The Loading Dock, tells The Big Z they are shooting for a November 14th opening.

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She says the warehouse will be fitted with overhead heaters for the bleacher, concession and skate rental areas.  Hughes says this rink will be used mostly for recreational purposes, but hasn’t ruled out limited use for figure skating and 3-on-3 hockey.  Details of the costs are below, provided by The Loading Dock:





Open November 14 – March 15




Regular Hours:


Friday & Saturday: Noon – 10pm


Sunday: Noon – 8pm




Holiday Hours:


November 23 – 29, December 14 – January 10, January 18


Sunday – Thursday: Noon – 8pm


Friday & Saturday: Noon – 10pm


Open Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, & New Year’s Day – Hours TBD




All Day Open Skate


Admission $8


Skate Rental $5




Private Events:


Birthday Parties $250


4 hours with skates for 20 guests, $5 each additional skater


Balloons, printable invitations, 4 pizzas, soda, cake




Private Rink Rental $300


4 hours with skates, unlimited guests


Private Rink Rental is not available on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, or during Holiday hours.


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