Lee's Summit Journal

Skaters celebrate opening of Lee’s Summit’s first outdoor ice rink

Veronica and Ryan McLain help 5-year-old Jerico McLain circle the ring.
Veronica and Ryan McLain help 5-year-old Jerico McLain circle the ring. Special to the Journal

Although temperatures were well above freezing, the Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation Department hosted an opening event for the city’s first outdoor ice rink on Oct. 26.

Summit Ice, located in Lea McKeighan Park, is designed to provide a frozen surface even with temperatures in the 50s thanks to seven miles of piping, filled with an industrial antifreeze, under the new rink.

Following an evening ribbon-cutting ceremony, skaters took to the ice to officially open the rink’s inaugural season — late October through March. The rink is part of a parks department $4.7 million renovation project, which also includes a new concession building, splash pad, playground and pickleball courts at Lea McKeighan. The pickleball courts and ice rink share the same space, with the rink transforming back to a pickleball area next spring.

The 80--by-100-foot ice rink is available for public skating, figure skating, pond hockey, broomball and special events. KCIce, a management company, is overseeing the making and grooming of the ice as well as the new Concessions and Skate Shop, a mini convenience store. In addition to sales within the shop, the concessions store wait staff will deliver food, beverages and other requested items to park visitors on the patio and throughout the park.

“Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation is excited to open Summit Ice,” said Joe Snook, department administrator. “Our outdoor ice rink is one of only a few in the entire KC metro area, and we look forward to providing this unique amenity and programming to the residents of Lee’s Summit and the surrounding community.”

For more information about Summit Ice, visit http://cityofls.net/Parks/Facilities/Summit-Ice.