Ice Ice Baby

Popular Austin ice rink reveals plans for major makeover

Popular Austin ice rink reveals plans for major makeover

Chaparral Ice renovations 2017
Heated seating for guests and a sports bar are coming to Chaparral Ice. Rendering courtesy of Chaparral Ice

Now this is pretty cool: Chaparral Ice is getting a facelift.

For two decades, the North Austin ice rink has hosted hockey games, figure-skating classes, curling competitions, public skating sessions, and even birthday parties. Ryan Raya, former director of coaching for the Ice Hockey Association of Austin, purchased the facility in January and recently unveiled plans for a few much-needed updates.

"The community Chaparral Ice has built over the last 20 years has enough passion and talent to really become a fixture in Austin and the rest of the state," says Raya in a release. "It falls to us to make sure our rink can handle that kind of growth, and these renovations are the first step towards that."

"It's not hard to find people who come to the rink three or four days a week, and if people are going to invest that much time in us, we should look for ways to improve their experience of Chaparral Ice both on and off the ice."

Raya will add a heated seating for spectators and a new concession stand and sports bar. Improvements will also be made to the locker rooms and bathrooms, including a separate space for the University of Texas hockey team.

Renovations began in March and are expected to wrap up in June. Construction will not affect regular programming and hours, including Chaparral Ice's popular summer camps.

Look forward to an official unveiling later this year that will correspond with a 20th anniversary celebration.