The opening of Santa Monica’s holiday skating rink, ICE, is delayed while organizers address a mechanical problem.

The problem will keep the rink closed for several days and will delay the opening event previously scheduled for this week.

“Due to unforeseen mechanical issues Ice at Santa Monica is temporarily closed and the Grand Opening Celebration scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 7, must be postponed until further notice,” said a statement issued by Downtown Santa Monica Inc. on Monday “We know how much our community looks forward to Ice at Santa Monica every holiday season and we are diligently working on a solution so that we may reopen as soon as possible. We will continue to provide on our website and social media channels updated information on when the rink will reopen. We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to providing a wonderful, fun and memorable experience at Ice at Santa Monica.”

The rink is created by 475 tons of gravel and 25 tons of sand that must be packed and leveled. The rink’s critical components include the wood framing, metal railings, Plexiglass dasher boards, and roughly 4,600 square feet of 1/4 –inch piping where roughly 1,500 gallons of chilled food-grade glycol is pumped through to help freeze water to make ice.

Last year nearly 60,000 people visited the rink during the two-and-a-half month season.

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