SUCCESSFUL SEASON FOR NORTH POLE ICE RINK ON PARKER’S PIECE
THE NORTH Pole ice rink and winter fair in the city centre proved more popular than ever over the Christmas and New Year season.
The North Pole rink and fair on Parker’s Piece – the park managed by Cambridge City Council – attracted more than 83,000 visitors in total, an increase of 3,000 on the 2015-16 figure.
This included more than 30,000 people ice skating, over 40,000 tickets sold for the fairground rides and more than 8,000 tickets sold for the new Ferris Wheel. This proved a very popular addition affording stunning views over the Cambridge skyline.
Thanks to the additional measures taken before the event to protect Parker’s Piece – included a reduced footprint for the attraction and added protection for grassy areas – the part of the park where it was located should be back in full public use quickly. Only minor remedial work, including aeration of the ground and over-seeding of some areas, is required and started on 20 January.
The grass where the event was situated will appear yellow in colour for a period, but will soon revert to its natural colour with structures and rides removed and increased light levels. The full cost of the remedial work is being met by Icebox Ltd, the operators of The North Pole attraction.
Cllr Anna Smith, Executive Councillor for Streets and Open Spaces, said: “Once again this year the North Pole has been tremendously popular with residents and visitors.
“It’s been great to see so many people enjoying the ice rink and fairground rides, and the Ferris Wheel, especially when lit up at night, was a wonderful new addition to the festive skyline.
“A wide range of additional measures were put in place in this year to ensure that the grass has been as protected as possible. The grass is also on schedule to receive the treatment it needs. Understandably, it will need some time to recover, but the thorough measures put in place throughout the process should mean that this happens quickly.
“Now we can start planning the return of the ice rink next Christmas, and look forward to seeing it again in November.”
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Cllr Anna Smith, (Labour Group) Executive Councillor for Streets and Open Spaces, email:firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: 07855 182232
Joel Carré, Head of Streets and Open Spaces, email: email@example.com,
tel: 01223 458201