Major works to refit the hockey change area and install a dehumidifier have been planned in addition to the routine maintenance needed to operate an ice rink.

The maintenance, breaking and re-formation of the ice on the ice pad at the Linx Ice Arena is scheduled for every two-three years to maintain the ice to the highest possible standard. Sport Aberdeen today said it was grabbing this opportunity to undertake a wider programme of modernisation.

This has been enabled due to funding secured from external bodies, announcements about which will be made in due course.

To allow the works to take place, the registered charity today advised a three week closure period which will take place from the 17th July until 7th August. The work has been scheduled for this period to minimise impact on clubs and customers.

Commenting, Sport Aberdeen’s Director of Operations, Keith Gerrard, said:

“Ice Aberdeen’s vision is to get more people skating.

“We are grabbing the opportunity of a modest three week closedown to undertake a wider programme of modernisation. It will give us the perfect base to grow our innovative skating programme, and build our capacity to hold excellent events such as the Christmas Show and  ice hockey SNL games.

“With our new Learn to Skate Co-Ordinator in place, I hope our customers and clubs are excited as we are about the future direction of the rink. We are grateful for their support during the short closedown and look forward to unveiling the results.”

The public will be able to keep up to date with progress through the Linx Ice Arena Facebook page.