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  • by Juliette Bains The Ice Cube has the World Records Academy record for the highest number of wheelchairs on the ice at one time - 106 - and the Guinness Book of Records world record for the longest conga on ice. 6,000 litres of water is required to create the ice surface, which is 10cm thick. About 550 pairs of recreational ‘hockey’ style skates are required for the ice rink. It takes approximately eight minutes for a special machine to ‘resurface’ the ice in between skating sessions by distributing a layer of hot water over the surface.
 

Budding young skating stars are taking to the ice at a city centre attraction as it celebrates a cool one million visitors.

The ever-popular Ice Cube has set up at Millennium Square for its 14th year – and has already seen people of all ages and abilities flocking to take their turn on the ice.

An impressive 32,165 people visited the rink last year, and over a million people have stepped on to the ice since the attraction began in 2001.

More than 12,000 Leeds school children have also taken part in the ‘First steps to skating’ tuition programme, which is specifically designed for the Ice Cube.

There is also a weekly session for wheelchair users and for people with disabilities on Thursdays from 9am to 10am.

The Snowslide, which was first introduced in 2012, is also proving popular. The six-metre high attraction is 40 metres long and sees visitors hit the slopes in a snow-tube. Snow-tubing is believed to have originated in Canada in the 1970s and is now popular in America.

Last year, 12,634 people took to the Snowslide. The Ice Cube is organised by Leeds City Council, with support from the Yorkshire Evening Post and Capital FM.

Speaking previously about the attraction, Leeds City Council executive member for leisure, Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, said: “A trip to the Ice Cube at Millennium Square is always a fantastic experience and this year promises to be one of the best yet.

“There really is something for everyone to enjoy, and I am delighted that we are able to provide an opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to experience the thrill of ice skating.”

Visitors can also try the Snowball Adventure – a giant inflatable obstacle course inside a giant snowball, and the Ice Dragon Coaster, which is a themed rollercoaster ride for children.

For more information about the Ice Cube, you can visit the website at www.leeds.gov.uk/icecube.

The attraction will be open until Sunday, February 23, 2014.

FREEZING FACTS

The Ice Cube has the World Records Academy record for the highest number of wheelchairs on the ice at one time - 106 - and the Guinness Book of Records world record for the longest conga on ice.

6,000 litres of water is required to create the ice surface, which is 10cm thick.

About 550 pairs of recreational ‘hockey’ style skates are required for the ice rink.

It takes approximately eight minutes for a special machine to ‘resurface’ the ice in between skating sessions by distributing a layer of hot water over the surface.

 

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