Corbin Tourism, City of Corbin partner to bring ice skating rink to Christmas Open House

CORBIN — The City of Corbin and the Corbin Tourism and Convention Commission have partnered together to bring an ice skating rink to downtown Corbin during this Sunday's Christmas Open House.

The ice rink will be placed in the empty lot at the corner of Monroe and Main streets, across the street from Sanders Park. It will be open from 1-6 p.m. Sunday and it will be completely free to the public. Skate rental will be free as well.

All participants will have to sign a waiver and ice skaters are asked to limit their skating to 30 minutes so that everyone can enjoy some skating time.

Corbin Parks and Recreation Department will staff the ice rink to hand out the skates and waiver forms and supervise the skaters.

Jack Frost Events by Party on Air is the company that will be providing the synthetic ice rink and skate rentals. The City of Corbin and the Corbin Tourism and Convention Commission agreed on this partnership Wednesday morning and are excited to take the Christmas Open House downtown to a new level this year with the ice skating rink, in addition to the Corbin Arts and Literary League's Grinch Village that will be in Nibroc Park and the businesses that will be participating in the event.

"We knew it would be fun and knew it would be a hit and something really exciting for the community," Corbin Tourism Director Maggy Kriebel said. "We felt like it would attract more families downtown and give people more activities to do while attending the Christmas Open House."

Kriebel said Harlan County Tourism and Barbourville Tourism have both worked with Party on Air to offer ice skating and the company owner reached out to Corbin Tourism to let them know about this attraction as well. Kriebel did her research and thought that even though it was a quick turn around, it would be a great attraction to bring residents and tourists to downtown Corbin during the Christmas Open House.

"We're going to experience it and see what happens and then we'll be better prepared next year," Kriebel said.

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