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Here Comes the Ice Rink!

The new Napa on Ice skating rink opens to the public Saturday morning -- here's a look at some of what it takes to make the holiday magic happen.

Here Comes the Ice Rink! Here Comes the Ice Rink! Here Comes the Ice Rink! Here Comes the Ice Rink!

 

How does a parking lot turn into a skating pond? With a lot of water, work and machinery.

Wednesday morning, Napa on Ice board member (and city councilman) Peter Mott was rink-testing the resurfacing machine -- essentially a golf cart towing a scraper -- that's intended to keep the ice glassy-smooth for skaters at the new rink at Coombs and Second streets downtown.

On the nearby Second Street sidewalk, 4-year-old Vince Burgos and his mother, Lorraine Hernandez, played happily with a small mound of snow-like ice shavings scraped up from the rink.

After creating a tiny snowman, the two were preparing to build a castle, the little boy said with a smile.

The rink's organizers are throwing a gala Friday night, and Napa on Ice opens Saturday morning for two months of daily use at $12 a skater.

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