During any particularly cold winter here we still usually get up to 15-17º during the day and never go below freezing overnight. Meanwhile we are in the midst of a serious drought and energy crisis, with the local government asking residents to cut back on their water and electricity usage. Heck, they are even restricting the Christmas lights to 6-11 pm. BUT they have installed not one but TWO outdoor ice skating rinks in the city for the holiday season. What the actual…??? Imagine the cost of maintaining these two completely unnecessary installations. Why the hell should there be ice skating in the south of Spain? Why is our city council adopting this completely foreign concept… and who even knows how to ice skate here? This doesn’t belong here, especially now. Honestly, the mind reels.
We had an ice rink in Jerez last year, just a small one but it was very popular. I asked someone who works at the Ayuntimiento about it as I was curious about the economics post pandemic. He said all the costs were borne by the operator through the fees they charged to skate and the only thing the Ayunti did was provide space…it was a area that was swept and bins emptied anyway. However, a big cost was in clearing up the main squares after the New Years Eve bottelins because they had to put on extra staff to get it all cleaned up overnight.