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Heavy rains put a damper on outdoor ice rinks in Louisville, Jeffersonville

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This is the first time the city has had a real ice rink at Fourth and Jefferson Streets. This is the first time the city has had a real ice rink at Fourth and Jefferson Streets.
Louisville's Holiday in the City market is dealing with rain and warm weather for weeks. Louisville's Holiday in the City market is dealing with rain and warm weather for weeks.
City officials say the ice rink in Louisville was a success overall and they already have plans to bring it back again next year. City officials say the ice rink in Louisville was a success overall and they already have plans to bring it back again next year.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's the time of year when people are hitting the ice. It's a tradition for some families, usually complete with cold temperatures and snow.

In Jeffersonville, there's an outdoor ice rink at the corner of Market and Spring Streets.

"People really enjoy it over the holiday season, especially right now during the Christmas break weeks,” said Sara Simpson, Jeffersonville’s special events director.

However, this year organizers are dealing with warmer temperatures.

“We have a chiller that keeps the ice nice and cold. Even if it's 70 degrees, the ice will be solid. It might be a little melted on the top, but it's solid enough to skate on,” Simpson said.

The heavy rain was another story.

It led to the rink closing some days, keeping the crowds away at times.

Louisville's Holiday in the City market is dealing with the same issues. In fact, it's the first time the city has had a real ice rink at Fourth and Jefferson Streets.

“Obviously our first year, everybody was really excited for real ice. We've had some learning curves in just getting used to how to handle the weather when it does get warm and rainy,” said Corey Sims, Louisville's Marketing and Events Coordinator.

City officials say despite the changing weather, the rink still held up and visitors still stopped by.

“Having a good time. I think I'm the only one that fell the whole time,” said Luke Cantrell, who was visiting from the Lexington area.

But there were some days they had to shut it down.

“The rain kinda helped and hurt a little bit. The rain helped build up the ice whenever it was cool enough, and then at the same time it just added some extra squeegee efforts to get the rain off of the ice,” said Corey Sims.

City officials say the ice rink in Louisville was a success overall and they already have plans to bring it back again next year.

“Expand the rink,make it a little bit bigger. Expand the hours so kids can come down during the school day for field trips, and just make it a little bit better and hopefully maybe get some snow next year,” said Corey Sims.

This Sunday, Jan. 3, is the last day to visit the ice rink in Louisville. For more information, click here.

The Jeffersonville rink will remain open until Jan. 31. To learn more about hours, click here.

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