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Schenectady County Ice Rink is a skating success

The facility also features a year-round public skate seven days a week, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday; 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday; and 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Jim Hibbard, of Clinton, drove 89 miles to practice an ice dancing routine with his friend Cheryl Elton, of Queensbury, during a public skate on Friday, Feb. 1.

Hibbard said it was his first trip to the facility but that he thought the ice was in good condition.

"Mike really keeps the ice clean. It's always excellent," said Elton, who frequents the rink in the spring when other rinks close down for the season.

'There aren't a lot of adult ice dancers, and this was a convenient meeting spot for the both of us."

The Schenectady County Ice Rink, which opened in 2000, had its most successful financial year in 2007, bringing in approximately $336,000 in revenue. County officials said the rink also saw an increase in the number of skate rentals and in the number of participants in their public skate program.

McConkey said the rink employs two full-time and approximately seven seasonal workers.

County officials said the rink is a testament to good management practices.

"Our goal is to run the County better and more cost efficiently. The ice rink is a great example of this," said Chair of the Schenectady County Legislature Susan E. Savage, D-Niskayuna. "We have cut costs, increased revenues all the while providing a positive recreational experience for skaters who use the facility year round.""

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