Atascadero's faux-ice rink rescheduled for later this month

A synthetic-ice rink whose appearance was rained out at Atascadero Main Street’s annual Winter Wonderland celebration in December is now set for skating later this month.

Atascadero hosted a real ice rink in the past for up to two weeks during the holidays. However, the rink's high costs — reaching $200,000 — have prevented sponsors from bringing it back the past two years.

Residents have consistently asked each year for the city to find a way.

The new rink, made of a recyclable polymer compound, will cost the Atascadero Main Street and its associated sponsors about $4,700, Main Street executive director Steve Martin said.

It will measure 40 feet by 60 feet and accommodate about 40 skaters per session.

The rink is scheduled to open at the downtown Sunken Gardens off El Camino Real, if weather permits, with two sessions per hour from noon to 8 p.m. on Feb. 20 and 1 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 21.

The cost is $6 per session and includes skates. To reserve a spot, call 462-9720.

For details on rink sponsorships, call 462-0177 or visit www.atascaderomainstreet.org.