An ICE RINK has reopened its doors to the public after being given an expensive refurbishment.
Planet Ice Rink, in Forest Way, Gosport, has had a revamp worth hundreds of thousands of pounds and has been transformed.
Opened in 1989, the rink is popular amongst many in the Solent area and now owners, Planet Ice, hope to get even more budding skaters through the doors.
The rink shut for four weeks while the surface was relaid surface with fresh ice and it now also boasts a new lighting and sound system.
Karen O’Neill, regional director of Planet Ice, said: ‘We’re extremely pleased to have given Gosport Ice Rink a refurbishment.
‘The old rink was looking a bit run-down but now it looks fantastic.
Everyone is excited Gosport has this superb regional facility with the amenities surrounding it to match and it is something that we should be proud ofCouncillor Mark Hook
‘We run a number of programmes for people to skate here, whether they are beginners or at an advanced level.
‘Our Skate Excellence programme is open to novices and after six weeks people are then able to go on to other disciplines such as figure and speed skating.
‘We also offer toddler classes throughout the week and now we’ve got a bigger cafeteria, we can host children’s parties better.’
Olivia Farr, 10, a figure skater, said: ‘I’ve been doing it for three years and before the ice looked wrecked and worn down.
‘It’s much better to skate on because before it was a bit rough around the edges.
Emily Blake, 11, said: ‘I find the ice easier to do many of my spins on now.
‘I’m going to a British figure skating trials day in Sheffield in August and the new ice will definitely help me improve- my skills for it.’
Councillor Mark Hook, leader of Gosport Borough Council, is hoping it can inspire a new generation of athletes.
He said: ‘Everyone is excited Gosport has this superb regional facility with the amenities surrounding it to match, and it is something that we should be proud of.
‘In 10 or 15 years’ time, we could be watching some of these athletes on television.’