Synthetic ice rink coming to Bath

by Trish Rudder

A year-round skating rink made of synthetic ice that can be converted for roller skating is being planned by the Town of Bath.

At the June 18 Bath Town Council meeting, Councilman Greg Schene said the rink size is 40×70 feet and can accommodate 62 skaters at a time.

It is portable and can be moved to various locations around town, he said.

“This is a great community project that will serve children, teens and families in the Town of Bath and Morgan County while also providing a new activity for our tourism-driven economy. It is also our intention to offer special discounted rates and passes for all residents of the town and county,” he said last week in an email.

The $75,000 cost is being funded by donations, and “without tax dollars,” he said.

“We have commitments for the rink,” Schene said.

“We are working with our County Commissioners and other local business funding sources as well as private donors to reach our financial goal,” he said.

The Berkeley Springs Train Depot parking lot is the location being considered for the rink to be set up.

“It will be the first in the Panhandle,” Schene said.