Bobbi McCracken and Bette Worth of the Aberdeen Beautification Committee are moving forward with their plans for an ice skating rink in Downtown Aberdeen.
Worth told KXRO that the cost for the moveable rink is $26,000, and now that funding could come directly from the public through crowdfunding. $30,000 is the ask for the fundraiser started on Tuesday.
In May, McCracken and Worth approached the Aberdeen City Council, looking for funds to purchase the rink. Mayor Erik Larson told KXRO that at the time he was not opposed to the idea, but funding directly from the city would likely be on hold for this year.
Following their proposal to the City, the Aberdeen Beautification Committee started a GoFundMe for the proposed activity, and the hope is to have funds by September 30 and rink in hand by their “Winterfest” event starting on December 2.
According to the project, Winterfest will feature “a tree lighting ceremony with local musicians, choirs and high school bands performing, as well as, strolling carolers and Ice Skating!”
The rink would be available throughout the Winterfest event, but the group says that it would also be available for other events such as SPLASH or Founder’s Day, and could be rented by local groups.
At the May meeting, Councilman Jeff Cook asked that the proposal be considered at their June 8 meeting.
Photos from Global Synthetic Ice