The sky was falling all week, but that didn’t stop the party at Cleland Ice Rink. Visitors from the Fort Bragg and Fayetteville communities came out to the Rock the Rink Skating Block Party, Oct. 3. Due to inclement weather, the outdoor inline skating and skateboarding portions of the event had to be cancelled, but the party continued inside on the ice.  

“Rock the Rink is our own little block party,” said Michael Parrent, business manager at Cleland. “Normally, if the weather is good, we have bounce houses, skateboard demos, inline skating demos outside and on the inside we have hockey demos, figure skating demos and free public skating for everybody.”

The block party offered free skating lessons every 20 minutes throughout the day.

Fayetteville FireAntz mascots, Slapshot and Anthony The-Ant, were the life of the party entertaining guest all evening and even participating in hockey demos with the children.

As visitors entered the rink, they received tickets to win door prizes that were given out throughout the day. The prizes were all donations for the block party.

“The Fire Antz donated some stuff as well as the Triangle Rock Club, Renaissance Day Spa and the Rogue Roller Girls,” said Liz Egetoe, skating director.

Though the full block party didn’t come to fruition, the ice rink was still packed, making this the largest turn out of the annual event.

“We see a significant increase of patrons throughout the years after we host this event,” said Parrent.

Cleland Ice Rink is open to the public and offers year-round skating. They offer open skating, group and private lessons, parties, figure skating clubs and private ice rental.

For more information about Cleland Ice Rink and the skating programs, call 396-5127 or visit http://bragg.armymwr.com/us/bragg/programs/cleland-ice-and-inline-skating-rink/.