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Maldegem open ice rink... at 15 degrees... But ice keeps himself cool, you know
Maldegem This weekend is the covered ice rink on the Market of Maldegem was officially opened. For the sixth year, there is the perfect place for skating in the shadow of the town hall. And that shade will be necessary, because with 15 degrees we enjoy plenty of a feeling of spring. “Ecologically irresponsible? The lights above the ice rink consume more than the cooling system”, what it sounds like.

You can use three weeks of skating in Maldegem, in the run-up to the spring mid-term break and the carnival. Just now we can also enjoy real spring, with temperatures already dare reach up to 15 degrees. “However, this will not cause problems in the indoor ice rink of Maldegem”, says owner, Alain Dawn. “First and foremost: it is a covered ice rink, so there is absolutely no sun within. You should be outside in the shade. You will immediately feel that it's not so pleasant and warm. These mild temperatures will be for us, even hardly for additional energy costs ensure. We have the most energy to the ice, but that has already happened. Once the ice formed, then there is really not much more need to keep everything cold. Ice isolates is actually himself. In an igloo, you may even light the fire: the ice will still not melt. We here in Maldegem, so no problems. We are ready for three weeks of fun skating.”

7.000 skaters

Last year were a little over 7,000 skaters glide on the Maldegemse ice. Even before the start there are 2,000 schaatsbeurten reserved, through the schools and associations. “The ice of Maldegem is a success, and we want that as a new council is sure to continue to support,” says the new mayor, Bart Van Hulle (Open Vld). “This is a organisation of traders of VHMC, so the municipality should not invest in. Or, as a municipality, however, is ecologically sound to ice cream created at 15 degrees? I hear that this barely affects the energy consumption. The lights above the ice rink would consume more than the cooling system itself. That's all very good.”

Yves Segers

‘Maldegem Schaatst’ runs until Sunday 10 march, at the Market of Maldegem. Open every day from 10 pm, in shifts of an hour and a half. The last shift starts at 20 pm, and runs until 21.30. On Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, or closed to 18 hours, except in the spring mid-term break.

Every Friday there is a afterworkparty with DJ. Every Saturday mornings and Sunday mornings, there is a schaatsgewenning for the little ones. On Wednesday afternoons there is a children's disco and free kindergrime for all young skaters. On Wednesday 20 February there is a visit from Paw Patrol. On the final day, march 10, there is at 16.30 pm for a free performance by Yves Segers.

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