Strawbery Banke Ice Rink Opens At Last

Dec 13, 2014

Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

  A new skating rink at the Strawbery Banke museum in Portsmouth opened for its first full day on Saturday.

Twenty-four year old Portsmouth resident Melissa Towle was lacing up her boots Saturday afternoon with her stepdaughter.

I haven't ice-skated since I was about her age so I'm just hoping I don't hurt myself!

The rink took two years in development:  advocates overcame a pricey legal battle waged by wary neighbors, and raised over $450,000 dollars.

A big bonfire burns near the rink, and snacks are sold next door. The operation runs from 9am to 9pm seven days a week, all winter long.