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Winter Wonderland opens at Davis Park

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Even if you don't win the massive Powerball jackpot, there is one thing to do in Rockford this winter that won't cost your family a fortune.

The Winter Wonderland synthetic ice rink in Davis Park officially opened today.  With more than 100 visitors so far, organizers expect it to be a big hit again this holiday season.

Johnny Beck took his young daughter Hannah to the skate park. Hanna has gone staking before, but it was her dad's first time. "Yeah she was showing me how to skate, I know that. She had fun," said Beck.

He says they had such a good time at Rockford's Winter Wonderland, they are already planning another visit. "We'll be coming back on Sunday," said Beck. 

Amy McIntyre, the ice rink's operation's manager says the best part is admission is free this year.  If you need to rent skates, it will only cost you three dollars. "Because it's a cheap and low fee affordable thing for families, you get to see them do more things when they might not otherwise get to."  

She explains the park is not a money maker for the city, but rather a service to the public.  "And we come together just to try and provide this opportunity for families to enjoy the holidays."

The unique skating rink is made of 12,000 square feet of synthetic ice and an 800 foot skating trail around the park, allowing for skating fun all winter long, despite the temperature.

"The rink itself is a synthetic ice, so it isn't real ice, but what's cool about it is yesterday then it was 65 degrees out and today when it's not, it's still out there and you can still enjoy it and skate on it," said McIntyre

This is the third season the Winter Wonderland rink has been set up in Davis Park. Skaters like Brenden Caver say they enjoy having the option in the winter months. "It's terrific, downtown Rockford needs more of this sort of stuff and we don't live far from here so it's nice to be able to pop down here for a minute."

The rink's hours are 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays from now until January.

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