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The ice-rink-in-a-mall formula has been proven to work in Hong Kong, and Discovery Bay’s latest attraction – an international-standard, indoor ice rink in DB Plaza – is no exception. Opened in May this year, DB Ice Rink is both a brand-new sports venue and a much-needed recreational hub – a welcome addition to the community.

In addition to the leisure-skating sessions, a series of special community-led events and themed nights have appealed directly to residents. There’s also the skating school, providing training for all levels in figure skating and ice hockey, plus a regular lineup of performances, competitions and ice-hockey tournaments – all delivered in line with the strictest social distancing protocols. “Residents have welcomed the opening of a new world-class ice rink in DB,” opens Raul Gomes Senior Manager at DB Ice Rink. “We’ve received an overwhelming response from people who want to enrol in our classes and skate in the public sessions.”

COMMUNITY EVENTS
From the outset, DB Ice Rink has positioned itself as a community hub, somewhere for residents to build their skating skills and most importantly have fun. One of the first initiatives, back in May, was a series of free figure-skating performances put on by DB Ice Rink coaches to inspire everyone onto the ice. Residents-only skating nights have also proved extremely popular with DBers of all ages. “Being part of the DB community, we want to offer something special for DB residents,” says Raul. “Since September, we have organised skating nights for residents at a special discount.” The next residents only skate night is scheduled for December 10.

The first themed night at DB Ice Rink was held over Halloween weekend, and it was a huge success, complete with scary decorations, trick-or-treating staff and an Instagram-based best-dressed competition. The evening session on October 30 was a skate in the dark party, with glow paints provided.

“It was a fun night and we had a good attendance,” says Raul. “Participants dressed up as different characters to join the Spooky Halloween Skating Party and the kids were very excited with the face painting, trick or treating and giveaways. For the best-dressed competition on social media, we received many stunning photos and it was not easy for us to pick the winner.

“The positive response from residents encouraged us to continue this initiative and organise more themed nights in the future,” adds Raul. “This holiday season, we have decided to partner with Japanese cartoon character Monchhichi to present the first Monchhichi-themed ice rink in Hong Kong.”
DB Ice Rink’s first Christmas programme is in fact packed with fun activities. There’s a Christmas Figure-Skating Show, performed by the skating school’s coaches and students (December 18 and 19); Busking on the Ice (December 24 and 25); a Meet with Santa Claus photo opportunity on December 25; a China Hockey Group Ice Hockey Tournament (December 27 to 30); and a Skating Countdown Party (December 31).

“At the Christmas Figure-Skating Show, our coaches will perform together with the students, showcasing the talents of our skating school,” says Raul. The show’s uptake has surpassed expectations with around 200 students expected to perform together with their coaches and special guest skaters from the Hong Kong National Team.

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