Tribune de Genève.
It might be the middle of summer, but an association representing those who use the baths in Pâquis, recently made a formal request for permission to build a temporary ice rink during Geneva’s winter months. If everything goes to plan, the facility could open this November.
According to association coordinator, Philippe Constantin, “It’s an old project that has finally managed to gain traction.”
The planned rink would be around 100 m2 and be located at the end of the pier. It will have an incredible view of the Petit Lac, however it could be a bit windy” said one of those involved. To avoid major construction work, the designers opted for synthetic surface made from the latest generation of silicon sheets. “It’s very slippery” said Philippe Constantin. And it requires little maintenance. “A quick sweep from time to time and resurfacing every ten years.”
Like other city facilities, entry will be free, and skate hire will cost CHF 2.
The project’s total cost is CHF 75,000, of which 50,000 is covered by the city. The association is still looking for donations to cover the remaining CHF 25,000.