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Synthetic ice gets test run in Eau Claire


Eau Claire (WQOW) - No matter the temperature outside, a new sort of ice may make its way to Eau Claire that promises to be good for outdoor use all year round.

Called synthetic ice, a plastic version of the water-based rinks most of us are familiar with is being tested by Action City. They are hoping to get local skaters to try out the product and offer feedback. If the results are positive, action city is considering installing a half size outdoor rink in the future. The plastic ice lasts 15 years and vacuuming the surface once a day is the only maintenance required. An Eau Claire Memorial girls hockey player told us she likes the idea of practices on it, but would still rather play games on ice.

"It was definitely a lot different than what I, you know, thought it was going to be. A lot slower, you don't really glide as much as normally on ice. You can tell the difference, but for practices it's comparable to ice and once you get used to it, you can move around like on a normal sheet of ice."

You still have a few more chances to give the synthetic ice a try for yourself. Free skating will be offered Monday and Tuesday this week.

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