CAMDEN COUNTY, Mo. – The Old Kinderhook Resort near Camdenton opened an ice rink Thursday as part of an effort to become a year-round destination.
Old Kinderhook Director of Business Development Jeff Carroll said in order to be successful, resort managers knew they needed to have a reason for visitors to drop by each season.
"The Lake of the Ozarks is such a beautiful place in the wintertime,” Carroll said. “With us building a hotel and a lodge facility, what we needed is an amenity to bring people down in the wintertime and an ice rink sure made sense."
Tan-Tar-A, another area resort, used to have an indoor ice rink until the early 2000's. By building the area's first outdoor rink, Carroll hopes people will get to re-live memories.
Missouri winters can get brutally cold but there are also plenty of warm spells in which temperatures get above freezing.
The ice depends on the technology of 12 machines which operate like air-conditioners. The machines cool a liquid to four degrees and funnel it underground to the ice.
The Camdenton Chamber of Commerce said the rink is a great example of the creativity local businesses have displayed in efforts to make the lake a year round draw.
“We're not just the Memorial Day to Labor Day destination any longer,” said Executive Director Trish Creach. “There's a number of events and attractions and activities going on that do extend the season."
One example is “Deck the Docks,” which encourages property owners to decorate. A boat tour takes around the lake to see the decorations.
On the opening night on the ice at Old Kinderhook, Carroll said more than 500 people showed up.
The rink at Old Kinderhook is open from 4 p.m. - 10 p.,m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m - 10 pm on weekends. Carroll said it will likely stay open until the beginning of March.
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