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Free Ice Skating Adventures

Glasgow’s first ice skating rink

 By Chelene Nightingale

Jobe Publishing, Inc.


Whether you want to try it for the first time or practice your Biellmann spin, next week will be an opportune time for you to do so when Gorin Park is transformed into an ice skating rink that is free for everyone to attend.

This is the first ice skating rink in Glasgow and those working behind the scenes are excited to see it coming together.

The tennis courts at Gorin Park will become home to the ice skating rink for three evenings, Dec. 18, 19, and 20, starting at 4 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Bringing an ice skating rink to Glasgow is a joint effort between the Parks and Recreation Department with the City of Glasgow and River Lake Church.

Launched through the church’s annual holiday “Let Hope In,” the event is free including the ice skates.

The Parks and Rec crew are providing the venue and will be working to clean and prepare the tennis courts before the ice skating adventure is slated to begin.

“We are happy that River Lake reached out and wanted to partner together on this event,” said Eddie Furlong, Parks and Rec Director. “Partnerships in this community is what makes things happen.”

The costs of the event will not cost the City any funding as River Lake is covering the costs.

“River Lake reached out looking for a location to house this event so we talked about a few locations and what would serve the community better.”

River Lake Church’s Executive Director Jan Hoover said, “This is a completely free event and we love the fact the location will make it easy for many children to be able to walk to ice skate, most for the first time.”

The “Let Hope In” mission at River Lake began in Dec. 2016. The church believed people needed to be reminded of the true meaning of Christmas, because life’s obstacles and pressures often overshadow it.

Thus, the church decided to provide various activities through the holiday season not only to enjoy, but to also experience the love and hope of God.

“I believe hope changes everything and when we started Let Hope In eight years ago, we wanted to do it in very tangible ways that could make a difference in someone’s life––even for a moment,” Nic Smith, Pastor of River Lake Church, said.

River Lake’s Christmas services will be hosted at the Historic Plaza this year. Service times at the Plaza are Sat., Dec. 23 at 6 p.m. and Dec. 24 at 10 a.m. No tickets are needed and everyone is welcome.

For other “Let Hope In” missions, call 270-681-5112 or e-mail



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