Remembering Westover Road ice rink: skaters' reunion boosts hope for new ice rink in Bournemouth

Bournemouth Echo: GOOD TIMES: Skaters enjoying a reunion on the temporary rink at the BIC GOOD TIMES: Skaters enjoying a reunion on the temporary rink at the BIC

EFFORTS to get an ice rink back in Bournemouth have received a major boost since hundreds of enthusiasts attended a reunion.

The event during the Christmas holidays arose out of a Facebook group sharing memories of the town’s former rink in Westover Road.

Two hundred people who remembered the attraction took to the ice at the BIC’s winter rink, with another 100 spectators.

Mary Waygood, who organised the event with Michele Harnett, said the event had been a big success. It inspired hundreds to sign an online petition to bring a new rink to Bournemouth.

Bournemouth council has already granted permission for a rink at Kings Park but the project has yet to get off the ground.

Mary said: “Everybody is desperate to get some kind of ice rink – Olympic-sized preferably – back in Bournemouth.

“Without it being Olympic-sized, it wouldn’t be viable because they need to have other sport events held there.

“The main thing is we need someone to come up with the money. We need an investor and a developer.”

Almost 800 people have supported the campaign at thepetitionsite.com so far. They say: “Following the recent reunion of ex Bournemouth Westover Ice Rink skaters it is very clear that Bournemouth needs a permanent Olympic-size ice rink now.

“The youth of Bournemouth and surrounding areas need the opportunity to learn new skills.

“A permanent ice facility would give them the chance to try figure skating, ice dance, ice hockey, speed skating, curling, and also somewhere to experience ice shows and teach them the importance of socialising and keeping fit at general skating sessions.

“This type of facility would benefit young and old alike, with the recent reunion attracting all ages from five to 85.”

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2:29pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Bournefre says...

Before committing to a permanent Olympic sized ice rink I would suggest trying a temporary ice rink in the summer to see how well that is received.

The temporary rink at the BIC may have been popular but ice skating is generally viewed as a winter activity, which would make a permanent rink a white elephant for much of the year including the busy summer months when the space would be better used in other ways.
Before committing to a permanent Olympic sized ice rink I would suggest trying a temporary ice rink in the summer to see how well that is received. The temporary rink at the BIC may have been popular but ice skating is generally viewed as a winter activity, which would make a permanent rink a white elephant for much of the year including the busy summer months when the space would be better used in other ways. Bournefre

3:18pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Bmthresident55 says...

I remember well,many hours of enjoyment at The Westover Ice Rink and the safe and enjoyable social scene created for all ages. Courtney Jones trained in his early years here and went on to become World and European Ice Dance Champion. Robin Cousins was reputed to have said he discovered the pleasures of Ice Skating when a youngster on holiday in Bournemouth. He also went on to become a world Ice Champion and is now a leading figurehead for Ice Shows, My own brother because Junior UK Ice Champion many moons ago, and I too went to to represent England overseas as an amateur Ice Skater. All sports are great exercise and it was so sad when Bournemouth`s Ice Rink closed down. Ice Skating is is a year round sport whether just for fun or to train and compete locally, or nationally. If a new Ice Rink was created I am sure it would be well supported. A temporary ice rink is not the answer. One needs to be able to join classes to enjoy the long term benefits and build up a regular business. Do hope to see another |ce Rink locally in the not too distant future. It would be a super amenity to local residents, and visitors alike.
I remember well,many hours of enjoyment at The Westover Ice Rink and the safe and enjoyable social scene created for all ages. Courtney Jones trained in his early years here and went on to become World and European Ice Dance Champion. Robin Cousins was reputed to have said he discovered the pleasures of Ice Skating when a youngster on holiday in Bournemouth. He also went on to become a world Ice Champion and is now a leading figurehead for Ice Shows, My own brother because Junior UK Ice Champion many moons ago, and I too went to to represent England overseas as an amateur Ice Skater. All sports are great exercise and it was so sad when Bournemouth`s Ice Rink closed down. Ice Skating is is a year round sport whether just for fun or to train and compete locally, or nationally. If a new Ice Rink was created I am sure it would be well supported. A temporary ice rink is not the answer. One needs to be able to join classes to enjoy the long term benefits and build up a regular business. Do hope to see another |ce Rink locally in the not too distant future. It would be a super amenity to local residents, and visitors alike. Bmthresident55

3:28pm Sat 11 Jan 14

peach says...

Bournefre wrote:
Before committing to a permanent Olympic sized ice rink I would suggest trying a temporary ice rink in the summer to see how well that is received.

The temporary rink at the BIC may have been popular but ice skating is generally viewed as a winter activity, which would make a permanent rink a white elephant for much of the year including the busy summer months when the space would be better used in other ways.
what do the tourists have to do in the summer when the weather is bad it wouldn't only be used for skating it can be used for shows and exibitions etc
[quote][p][bold]Bournefre[/bold] wrote: Before committing to a permanent Olympic sized ice rink I would suggest trying a temporary ice rink in the summer to see how well that is received. The temporary rink at the BIC may have been popular but ice skating is generally viewed as a winter activity, which would make a permanent rink a white elephant for much of the year including the busy summer months when the space would be better used in other ways.[/p][/quote]what do the tourists have to do in the summer when the weather is bad it wouldn't only be used for skating it can be used for shows and exibitions etc peach

3:42pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Derf says...

peach wrote:
Bournefre wrote:
Before committing to a permanent Olympic sized ice rink I would suggest trying a temporary ice rink in the summer to see how well that is received.

The temporary rink at the BIC may have been popular but ice skating is generally viewed as a winter activity, which would make a permanent rink a white elephant for much of the year including the busy summer months when the space would be better used in other ways.
what do the tourists have to do in the summer when the weather is bad it wouldn't only be used for skating it can be used for shows and exibitions etc
Ummm... So as well as having a temporary ice rink in the BIC, you also want a temporary BIC in any ice rink that may be built?
[quote][p][bold]peach[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bournefre[/bold] wrote: Before committing to a permanent Olympic sized ice rink I would suggest trying a temporary ice rink in the summer to see how well that is received. The temporary rink at the BIC may have been popular but ice skating is generally viewed as a winter activity, which would make a permanent rink a white elephant for much of the year including the busy summer months when the space would be better used in other ways.[/p][/quote]what do the tourists have to do in the summer when the weather is bad it wouldn't only be used for skating it can be used for shows and exibitions etc[/p][/quote]Ummm... So as well as having a temporary ice rink in the BIC, you also want a temporary BIC in any ice rink that may be built? Derf

4:39pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Bournefre says...

peach wrote:
Bournefre wrote:
Before committing to a permanent Olympic sized ice rink I would suggest trying a temporary ice rink in the summer to see how well that is received.

The temporary rink at the BIC may have been popular but ice skating is generally viewed as a winter activity, which would make a permanent rink a white elephant for much of the year including the busy summer months when the space would be better used in other ways.
what do the tourists have to do in the summer when the weather is bad it wouldn't only be used for skating it can be used for shows and exibitions etc
Daytrippers don't bother coming when the weather is bad, and anyone else accepts the British weather can be unpredictable. Failing that there is the Russell Coates museum, the Oceanarium, Laser Quest, cinemas, Littledown, Tower Park or even Bovington tank museum.

Using your "logic" what would happen to the ice rink when the weather isn't bad and everything goes to plan? Opening a new venue specifically for people who are staying in Bournemouth on holiday who came for the beach but have been caught out by bad weather is tempting failure - it may be busy one or two days a year but the rest of the time would haemorrhage money.
Shows and exhibitions are what the BIC is for, which is clearly not overstretched if it is able to host a temporary ice rink.
[quote][p][bold]peach[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bournefre[/bold] wrote: Before committing to a permanent Olympic sized ice rink I would suggest trying a temporary ice rink in the summer to see how well that is received. The temporary rink at the BIC may have been popular but ice skating is generally viewed as a winter activity, which would make a permanent rink a white elephant for much of the year including the busy summer months when the space would be better used in other ways.[/p][/quote]what do the tourists have to do in the summer when the weather is bad it wouldn't only be used for skating it can be used for shows and exibitions etc[/p][/quote]Daytrippers don't bother coming when the weather is bad, and anyone else accepts the British weather can be unpredictable. Failing that there is the Russell Coates museum, the Oceanarium, Laser Quest, cinemas, Littledown, Tower Park or even Bovington tank museum. Using your "logic" what would happen to the ice rink when the weather isn't bad and everything goes to plan? Opening a new venue specifically for people who are staying in Bournemouth on holiday who came for the beach but have been caught out by bad weather is tempting failure - it may be busy one or two days a year but the rest of the time would haemorrhage money. Shows and exhibitions are what the BIC is for, which is clearly not overstretched if it is able to host a temporary ice rink. Bournefre

5:49pm Sat 11 Jan 14

MW Bournemouth says...

An permanent Olympic size rink would give people the chance to learn new skills, take part in and excel at ice sports such as ice hockey, follow ice sport as supporters etc. a temp rink provides temp access and doesn't allow people to really get to grips with the sport. This was clearly displayed at the reunion where everyone skated at a reasonable level, because of their past experience, despite not having stepped on the ice for many years.
Having family activities that don't involve eating and sitting still are few and far between in Bournemouth.
We need a permanent ice rink for everyone!
An permanent Olympic size rink would give people the chance to learn new skills, take part in and excel at ice sports such as ice hockey, follow ice sport as supporters etc. a temp rink provides temp access and doesn't allow people to really get to grips with the sport. This was clearly displayed at the reunion where everyone skated at a reasonable level, because of their past experience, despite not having stepped on the ice for many years. Having family activities that don't involve eating and sitting still are few and far between in Bournemouth. We need a permanent ice rink for everyone! MW Bournemouth

5:58pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Ruwari says...

Bournefre....you seem to be anti an Ice Rink...such a shame. They make a lot of money all year round. The Ice Shows are just like any summer show.
I got many certificates from Westover Ice Rink plus the International Skating Association. The top one was Inter Silver Free. You cannot get this from a temporary rink. Or without tuition. Or without proper boots and blades. You practice every day and it costs money. You have instructors. Bit like Dancing on Ice..(if you have watched it). It's indoors...so if we have one of those dreadful english summers in school holidays............
you can take the kids skating!!!! Oh by the way you can't hire figure skates from temporary rinks...only hockey skates.
You obviously know nothing about ice skating and the pleasure it gives many people. Why do you keep posting ???????
By the way I know what is on offer for familes. Having worked for a county magazine for 14 years!!!!!!!
Bournefre....you seem to be anti an Ice Rink...such a shame. They make a lot of money all year round. The Ice Shows are just like any summer show. I got many certificates from Westover Ice Rink plus the International Skating Association. The top one was Inter Silver Free. You cannot get this from a temporary rink. Or without tuition. Or without proper boots and blades. You practice every day and it costs money. You have instructors. Bit like Dancing on Ice..(if you have watched it). It's indoors...so if we have one of those dreadful english summers in school holidays............ you can take the kids skating!!!! Oh by the way you can't hire figure skates from temporary rinks...only hockey skates. You obviously know nothing about ice skating and the pleasure it gives many people. Why do you keep posting ??????? By the way I know what is on offer for familes. Having worked for a county magazine for 14 years!!!!!!! Ruwari

8:02pm Sat 11 Jan 14

DPBeach says...

Bournefre wrote:
Before committing to a permanent Olympic sized ice rink I would suggest trying a temporary ice rink in the summer to see how well that is received.

The temporary rink at the BIC may have been popular but ice skating is generally viewed as a winter activity, which would make a permanent rink a white elephant for much of the year including the busy summer months when the space would be better used in other ways.
Been done already. It was always busy. Speaks volumes me thinks, so we really need a rink.
[quote][p][bold]Bournefre[/bold] wrote: Before committing to a permanent Olympic sized ice rink I would suggest trying a temporary ice rink in the summer to see how well that is received. The temporary rink at the BIC may have been popular but ice skating is generally viewed as a winter activity, which would make a permanent rink a white elephant for much of the year including the busy summer months when the space would be better used in other ways.[/p][/quote]Been done already. It was always busy. Speaks volumes me thinks, so we really need a rink. DPBeach

10:48pm Sat 11 Jan 14

bobthedestroyer says...

Kings Park is the wrong the location. Attaching it to the Littledown Centre would be much better. You then have a whole host of activities for all the family, and leaves Kings Park a big open space.
Kings Park is the wrong the location. Attaching it to the Littledown Centre would be much better. You then have a whole host of activities for all the family, and leaves Kings Park a big open space. bobthedestroyer

10:53pm Sat 11 Jan 14

jquain says...

If it was profitable there would already be one.
Plus only 40 mins to travel to the permanent one in Gosport.
If it was profitable there would already be one. Plus only 40 mins to travel to the permanent one in Gosport. jquain

12:23am Sun 12 Jan 14

Ruwari says...

Kings Park is wrong location??????? Bit late planning was passed ages ago. Temporary rinks in the summer!!!!!! You'd be waiting to get on the ice till winter, they are too small. 40 mins to Gosport??? (each way). Someone has a lot of time to spare!!!! That's an all day venture. Lets have positive comments please. If people are going to be negative what is the point in reading and commentating on this site. Go to the football section.
Kings Park is wrong location??????? Bit late planning was passed ages ago. Temporary rinks in the summer!!!!!! You'd be waiting to get on the ice till winter, they are too small. 40 mins to Gosport??? (each way). Someone has a lot of time to spare!!!! That's an all day venture. Lets have positive comments please. If people are going to be negative what is the point in reading and commentating on this site. Go to the football section. Ruwari

6:10am Sun 12 Jan 14

wadjit says...

This needs to be thought about logically. Ice skating is a minority pastime. Most children find it interesting for about ten minutes a year in winter. Very few people are interested or will be interested in ice hockey because its not very good the same goes for ice dancing etc. These are the thoughts of the majority of people I speak to about this.
This needs to be thought about logically. Ice skating is a minority pastime. Most children find it interesting for about ten minutes a year in winter. Very few people are interested or will be interested in ice hockey because its not very good the same goes for ice dancing etc. These are the thoughts of the majority of people I speak to about this. wadjit

8:01am Sun 12 Jan 14

The-Bleeding-Obvious says...

Any of the ice rink advocates considered how many skaters and spectators per session and how many sessions will be required per week to make this ice rink pay? Would 200 skaters and 100 spectators per session be enough at say £10/session?
Any of the ice rink advocates considered how many skaters and spectators per session and how many sessions will be required per week to make this ice rink pay? Would 200 skaters and 100 spectators per session be enough at say £10/session? The-Bleeding-Obvious

8:04am Sun 12 Jan 14

The-Bleeding-Obvious says...

wadjit wrote:
This needs to be thought about logically. Ice skating is a minority pastime. Most children find it interesting for about ten minutes a year in winter. Very few people are interested or will be interested in ice hockey because its not very good the same goes for ice dancing etc. These are the thoughts of the majority of people I speak to about this.
....Minority pastime, so is surfing!
[quote][p][bold]wadjit[/bold] wrote: This needs to be thought about logically. Ice skating is a minority pastime. Most children find it interesting for about ten minutes a year in winter. Very few people are interested or will be interested in ice hockey because its not very good the same goes for ice dancing etc. These are the thoughts of the majority of people I speak to about this.[/p][/quote]....Minority pastime, so is surfing! The-Bleeding-Obvious

8:15am Sun 12 Jan 14

wadjit says...

The-Bleeding-Obvious wrote:
wadjit wrote:
This needs to be thought about logically. Ice skating is a minority pastime. Most children find it interesting for about ten minutes a year in winter. Very few people are interested or will be interested in ice hockey because its not very good the same goes for ice dancing etc. These are the thoughts of the majority of people I speak to about this.
....Minority pastime, so is surfing!
yes exactly, I hope proper research goes into this before a huge amount of money is possibly wasted on something that may not work.
[quote][p][bold]The-Bleeding-Obvious[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wadjit[/bold] wrote: This needs to be thought about logically. Ice skating is a minority pastime. Most children find it interesting for about ten minutes a year in winter. Very few people are interested or will be interested in ice hockey because its not very good the same goes for ice dancing etc. These are the thoughts of the majority of people I speak to about this.[/p][/quote]....Minority pastime, so is surfing![/p][/quote]yes exactly, I hope proper research goes into this before a huge amount of money is possibly wasted on something that may not work. wadjit

10:10am Sun 12 Jan 14

The Witch says...

As a young child we spent every holiday in Bournemouth and one of the highlights of the holiday was going to see the wonderful ice shows that were put on at the Westover. At the time it was very much a tourist attraction and I'm sure that holidaymakers who could already skate may well have used the rink on inclement days, so I believe a new rink could not only be a benefit for locals but a holiday attraction as well.
As for the comment that ice skating is a minority pastime, its a good thing other towns have not thought this as we may well not have seen the magic that is Torvell and Dean.
As a young child we spent every holiday in Bournemouth and one of the highlights of the holiday was going to see the wonderful ice shows that were put on at the Westover. At the time it was very much a tourist attraction and I'm sure that holidaymakers who could already skate may well have used the rink on inclement days, so I believe a new rink could not only be a benefit for locals but a holiday attraction as well. As for the comment that ice skating is a minority pastime, its a good thing other towns have not thought this as we may well not have seen the magic that is Torvell and Dean. The Witch

10:45am Sun 12 Jan 14

Bonkeydollocks says...

The Witch wrote:
As a young child we spent every holiday in Bournemouth and one of the highlights of the holiday was going to see the wonderful ice shows that were put on at the Westover. At the time it was very much a tourist attraction and I'm sure that holidaymakers who could already skate may well have used the rink on inclement days, so I believe a new rink could not only be a benefit for locals but a holiday attraction as well.
As for the comment that ice skating is a minority pastime, its a good thing other towns have not thought this as we may well not have seen the magic that is Torvell and Dean.
You have summed it up though...."as a young child we spent we spent every holiday in Bournemouth". Well times have changed, people don't generally come to Bournemouth for a main holiday anymore, the number of hotel beds in the town is a fraction of what there used to be. Am not sure a summer ice show would be a highlight for anyone nowadays.

Why not run the temporary ice rink in the BIC over a summer season too and see what the demand is?
[quote][p][bold]The Witch[/bold] wrote: As a young child we spent every holiday in Bournemouth and one of the highlights of the holiday was going to see the wonderful ice shows that were put on at the Westover. At the time it was very much a tourist attraction and I'm sure that holidaymakers who could already skate may well have used the rink on inclement days, so I believe a new rink could not only be a benefit for locals but a holiday attraction as well. As for the comment that ice skating is a minority pastime, its a good thing other towns have not thought this as we may well not have seen the magic that is Torvell and Dean.[/p][/quote]You have summed it up though...."as a young child we spent we spent every holiday in Bournemouth". Well times have changed, people don't generally come to Bournemouth for a main holiday anymore, the number of hotel beds in the town is a fraction of what there used to be. Am not sure a summer ice show would be a highlight for anyone nowadays. Why not run the temporary ice rink in the BIC over a summer season too and see what the demand is? Bonkeydollocks

4:17pm Sun 12 Jan 14

HRH of Boscombe says...

Bournefre wrote:
Before committing to a permanent Olympic sized ice rink I would suggest trying a temporary ice rink in the summer to see how well that is received.

The temporary rink at the BIC may have been popular but ice skating is generally viewed as a winter activity, which would make a permanent rink a white elephant for much of the year including the busy summer months when the space would be better used in other ways.
That's very narrow thinking!
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How would that have a chance to develop the clubs and teams for the figure skating, ice dance, ice hockey, speed skating and curling?
.
[quote][p][bold]Bournefre[/bold] wrote: Before committing to a permanent Olympic sized ice rink I would suggest trying a temporary ice rink in the summer to see how well that is received. The temporary rink at the BIC may have been popular but ice skating is generally viewed as a winter activity, which would make a permanent rink a white elephant for much of the year including the busy summer months when the space would be better used in other ways.[/p][/quote]That's very narrow thinking! . How would that have a chance to develop the clubs and teams for the figure skating, ice dance, ice hockey, speed skating and curling? . HRH of Boscombe

5:17pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Bournefre says...

Ruwari I'm not specifically "anti an Ice Rink" but I am opposed to building another folly such as the Imax or surf reef. I was originally indifferent towards an ice rink but most of the 'arguments' for building one don't make any sense:

The Westover Road rink shut down (presumably for a reason) 25 years ago. It may have been popular in the 80s, but so were mullet haircuts, Global Hypercolour T-shirts, Rubik's cubes and fluorescent pink and green socks. At around the same time I used to enjoy going to a roller disco on a Friday night; similar to ice skating but it didn't need a specific permanent building to Olympic specification, just a hall in a leisure centre for a couple of hours.

Dancing on Ice may be a popular way for people to spend an hour or so on a Saturday evening, but that doesn't necessarily mean everyone who watches it will go out and try it for them self every week for the rest of their life. Strictly Come Dancing and Splash are also popular but I haven't seen an explosion in demand for permanent Olympic sized ballrooms or diving boards, and even if they were they would be trendy fads rather than permanent social changes - destined to shut down in a year or two like the Mr Blobby theme park or the Bournemouth Imax

I keep hearing about the 'need' for 'all weather attractions for people of all ages' because if the weather suddenly takes a turn for the worse all the holidaymakers will have nothing to do. If this were the case the few places which already exist would be full to bursting point, however many are struggling to stay open - this was the purpose of the Waterfront building and that didn't work. Either way what would be needed is a contingency plan like the amusement arcades around the pier, not something you need to plan a day around.

The popularity of the temporary rink at the BIC doesn't highlight a need for a permanent Olympic sized rink open all year round, it shows the popularity of the temporary rink at the BIC, so it would be a good idea to do it again next Christmas.
Ruwari I'm not specifically "anti an Ice Rink" but I am opposed to building another folly such as the Imax or surf reef. I was originally indifferent towards an ice rink but most of the 'arguments' for building one don't make any sense: The Westover Road rink shut down (presumably for a reason) 25 years ago. It may have been popular in the 80s, but so were mullet haircuts, Global Hypercolour T-shirts, Rubik's cubes and fluorescent pink and green socks. At around the same time I used to enjoy going to a roller disco on a Friday night; similar to ice skating but it didn't need a specific permanent building to Olympic specification, just a hall in a leisure centre for a couple of hours. Dancing on Ice may be a popular way for people to spend an hour or so on a Saturday evening, but that doesn't necessarily mean everyone who watches it will go out and try it for them self every week for the rest of their life. Strictly Come Dancing and Splash are also popular but I haven't seen an explosion in demand for permanent Olympic sized ballrooms or diving boards, and even if they were they would be trendy fads rather than permanent social changes - destined to shut down in a year or two like the Mr Blobby theme park or the Bournemouth Imax I keep hearing about the 'need' for 'all weather attractions for people of all ages' because if the weather suddenly takes a turn for the worse all the holidaymakers will have nothing to do. If this were the case the few places which already exist would be full to bursting point, however many are struggling to stay open - this was the purpose of the Waterfront building and that didn't work. Either way what would be needed is a contingency plan like the amusement arcades around the pier, not something you need to plan a day around. The popularity of the temporary rink at the BIC doesn't highlight a need for a permanent Olympic sized rink open all year round, it shows the popularity of the temporary rink at the BIC, so it would be a good idea to do it again next Christmas. Bournefre

5:29pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Bournefre says...

HRH of Boscombe wrote:
Bournefre wrote:
Before committing to a permanent Olympic sized ice rink I would suggest trying a temporary ice rink in the summer to see how well that is received.

The temporary rink at the BIC may have been popular but ice skating is generally viewed as a winter activity, which would make a permanent rink a white elephant for much of the year including the busy summer months when the space would be better used in other ways.
That's very narrow thinking!
.
How would that have a chance to develop the clubs and teams for the figure skating, ice dance, ice hockey, speed skating and curling?
.
It wouldn't, but it would demonstrate how many casual users would use an ice rink all year round. If it proves unpopular it could save millions of pounds, meanwhile avid enthusiasts would continue to make the journey to Gosport.
[quote][p][bold]HRH of Boscombe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bournefre[/bold] wrote: Before committing to a permanent Olympic sized ice rink I would suggest trying a temporary ice rink in the summer to see how well that is received. The temporary rink at the BIC may have been popular but ice skating is generally viewed as a winter activity, which would make a permanent rink a white elephant for much of the year including the busy summer months when the space would be better used in other ways.[/p][/quote]That's very narrow thinking! . How would that have a chance to develop the clubs and teams for the figure skating, ice dance, ice hockey, speed skating and curling? .[/p][/quote]It wouldn't, but it would demonstrate how many casual users would use an ice rink all year round. If it proves unpopular it could save millions of pounds, meanwhile avid enthusiasts would continue to make the journey to Gosport. Bournefre

6:38pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Bonkeydollocks says...

Bournefre wrote:
HRH of Boscombe wrote:
Bournefre wrote:
Before committing to a permanent Olympic sized ice rink I would suggest trying a temporary ice rink in the summer to see how well that is received.

The temporary rink at the BIC may have been popular but ice skating is generally viewed as a winter activity, which would make a permanent rink a white elephant for much of the year including the busy summer months when the space would be better used in other ways.
That's very narrow thinking!
.
How would that have a chance to develop the clubs and teams for the figure skating, ice dance, ice hockey, speed skating and curling?
.
It wouldn't, but it would demonstrate how many casual users would use an ice rink all year round. If it proves unpopular it could save millions of pounds, meanwhile avid enthusiasts would continue to make the journey to Gosport.
Exactly. That would a be a very good place to start....to see how popular a BIC sized ice-rink would be all year round...
[quote][p][bold]Bournefre[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HRH of Boscombe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bournefre[/bold] wrote: Before committing to a permanent Olympic sized ice rink I would suggest trying a temporary ice rink in the summer to see how well that is received. The temporary rink at the BIC may have been popular but ice skating is generally viewed as a winter activity, which would make a permanent rink a white elephant for much of the year including the busy summer months when the space would be better used in other ways.[/p][/quote]That's very narrow thinking! . How would that have a chance to develop the clubs and teams for the figure skating, ice dance, ice hockey, speed skating and curling? .[/p][/quote]It wouldn't, but it would demonstrate how many casual users would use an ice rink all year round. If it proves unpopular it could save millions of pounds, meanwhile avid enthusiasts would continue to make the journey to Gosport.[/p][/quote]Exactly. That would a be a very good place to start....to see how popular a BIC sized ice-rink would be all year round... Bonkeydollocks

7:36pm Sun 12 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Sure investors in the leisure industry would consider far more promising ventures ,such as a velodrome a climbing wall combined with a dry ski centre .all more lucrative and environmentally sound and all certainly more popular.ice skating followed the music hall down the plug hole of culture.move on it ain,t going to happen
Sure investors in the leisure industry would consider far more promising ventures ,such as a velodrome a climbing wall combined with a dry ski centre .all more lucrative and environmentally sound and all certainly more popular.ice skating followed the music hall down the plug hole of culture.move on it ain,t going to happen kalebmoledirt

8:21pm Sun 12 Jan 14

themummy says...

As kids we went to the ice rink many a Saturday and we had lessons with the school there at Westover Road. Saw a great ice show there too. Apart from the horrendous blisters I got from the blue hire boots, I remember it being a great time and always busy. Why did It close? I guess it was money.
As kids we went to the ice rink many a Saturday and we had lessons with the school there at Westover Road. Saw a great ice show there too. Apart from the horrendous blisters I got from the blue hire boots, I remember it being a great time and always busy. Why did It close? I guess it was money. themummy

6:29pm Mon 13 Jan 14

alasdair1967 says...

I was one of the many who used the rink in west over road in my youth ,as stated a safe environment to enjoy the pastime was always busy Friday and Saturday evenings throughout the year ,just a shame the old rink could not be renovated to its former glory
I was one of the many who used the rink in west over road in my youth ,as stated a safe environment to enjoy the pastime was always busy Friday and Saturday evenings throughout the year ,just a shame the old rink could not be renovated to its former glory alasdair1967

7:19pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Bonkeydollocks says...

alasdair1967 wrote:
I was one of the many who used the rink in west over road in my youth ,as stated a safe environment to enjoy the pastime was always busy Friday and Saturday evenings throughout the year ,just a shame the old rink could not be renovated to its former glory
What is the building used for now? Is there anything up there or just derelict now?
[quote][p][bold]alasdair1967[/bold] wrote: I was one of the many who used the rink in west over road in my youth ,as stated a safe environment to enjoy the pastime was always busy Friday and Saturday evenings throughout the year ,just a shame the old rink could not be renovated to its former glory[/p][/quote]What is the building used for now? Is there anything up there or just derelict now? Bonkeydollocks

10:57am Tue 14 Jan 14

Ruwari says...

Westover Ice Rink was over 60 years old when it closed !!!!! We needed a new rink then.The public had to have lessons at Ice Trax!!!!! The poor instructors!!!!!
I can assure you it was really busy. Not only in the evenings...but all day. There were schools that catered for Ice Skaters then!!! I was one of the pupils.
I would skate every afternoon. Having lessons and dance sessions plus figure patches.With Speed and Hockey taking over evenings. With Disco's. There was a cafeteria and bar!!!
Would you rather have more cinema's and fast food chains to make your children and yourselves less fit and obese, or "Get Healthy".
You have plenty of fitness centers. Your football stadium etc. An Olympic Ice Rink and Swimming Pool would be a huge bonus for Bournemouth.
Westover Ice Rink was over 60 years old when it closed !!!!! We needed a new rink then.The public had to have lessons at Ice Trax!!!!! The poor instructors!!!!! I can assure you it was really busy. Not only in the evenings...but all day. There were schools that catered for Ice Skaters then!!! I was one of the pupils. I would skate every afternoon. Having lessons and dance sessions plus figure patches.With Speed and Hockey taking over evenings. With Disco's. There was a cafeteria and bar!!! Would you rather have more cinema's and fast food chains to make your children and yourselves less fit and obese, or "Get Healthy". You have plenty of fitness centers. Your football stadium etc. An Olympic Ice Rink and Swimming Pool would be a huge bonus for Bournemouth. Ruwari

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