Hundreds skated in Farmington this winter

Ice skating continues through Jan.14

Hannah Grover
Farmington Daily Times
From left, Mathias Benavidez, Ambrosio Gallegos, Manulito Gallegos and Laura Benavidez skate on Dec. 19, 2017, at the Farmington Civic Center's seasonal ice rink.
  • More than 700 people have paid admissions to the ice rink this year.

FARMINGTON — The warm weather this holiday season didn't provide the Four Corners with a White Christmas, but it also didn't keep people from ice skating.

Hundreds of residents and visitors enjoyed that winter activity thanks to an ice rink next to the Farmington Civic Center on West Arrington Street, and the fun isn't over yet.

The rink will be open from noon to 8 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekends through Jan. 14. Ice skating costs $5 for an hour and includes the skate rental.

The ice rink at the Farmington Civic Center is seen on Tuesday in Farmington.

According to an email from Lisa Hutchens, the supervisor of the Farmington Civic Center, more than 720 people paid admission to the ice rink so far since it opened the first weekend of December. Other people skated at the rink for free. On Dec. 8, following the Aztec High School shooting, San Juan College's radio station KSJE sponsored a day of free skating. The skating was marketed as something for students to do while the schools in Aztec were closed.

The skating rink got its start in 2015 and has been a downtown staple during the winter holiday season ever since. In its first year, more than 1,300 people visited the rink. In addition to being open to the public for skating, it has been the site of birthday parties and other events.

The ice rink was moved across the street from its former location following the demolition of the former Daily Times building earlier in 2017.

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 or via email at

This sign of the times will be packed up along with the already-vanished holiday decorations when skating ends Jan. 14 at the Farmington Civic Center ice rink.