Crown Center Ice Terrace opens for the season - KCTV5

Crown Center Ice Terrace opens for the season

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It may not feel like it, but wintertime is in full swing in downtown Kansas City where everyone is lacing up and hitting the ice. (KCTV5) It may not feel like it, but wintertime is in full swing in downtown Kansas City where everyone is lacing up and hitting the ice. (KCTV5)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Crown Center was the place to be Friday as ice skating returned to Kansas City.

It may not feel like it, but wintertime is in full swing in downtown Kansas City where everyone is lacing up and hitting the ice.

This is the 44th year the Crown Center Ice Terrace opened up to the community. It started with about 300 skaters attending a free skate Friday morning, and then it wasn't long before others started to trickle in.

Tina Luckett, marketing manager for Crown Center, says she has seen some people on the ice every year for more than a decade.

"They just had little kids when they first started coming here and now they've got teenagers. So that's kind of fun to see those same people year after year," she said.

However, there was a lot of work before the fun though. It's no secret that warm air and ice don't exactly mix.

"The tough part is making it. So once we've got it, we should be able to keep it through the rest of the season," Luckett said.

And even with a warm November weekend ahead with highs in the 60s, Luckett says Mother Nature will have some trouble trying to ruin everyone's fun.

"There is about seven miles of piping underneath the concrete slab and that helps keep it cool while we are laying water on top of it to freeze the ice. Once it's frozen, it's a solid sheet of ice," Luckett said.

With her 77th birthday next week, Irene Starr calls herself the oldest skater on the Ice Terrace. And young or old, the Mission woman can't help but to lend a hand when she sees that one is needed.

"I just see people doing things that are guaranteed to make them not come back or to hate skating, when I love it so much. The feeling of gliding is just such a wonderful feeling. It's almost like defying gravity," Starr said.

Ice skating runs through mid-March but the busiest time is between now and December.

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