Paramount, California (KABC) — LA Kings Iceland, formerly known as Paramount Iceland, is officially open to the public.
The ice rink is equipped with the first Zamboni machine, a machine that regenerates the ice surface.
It’s been around for 80 years and has become a staple of the Paramount community.
“Frank Zamboni and his brother Lawrence opened this facility without a roof and spent nine years shoveling snow from the skating rink until Frank Zamboni got tired of it and invented the Model ‘A’ Zamboni.” said. Brad Berman, president of American Sports Entertainment Company.
The building had been closed for years due to COVID-19 restrictions and was only open to private events.
The LA Kings and American Sports Entertainment Company announced in June that they had purchased a building for the community.
The single-plate ice-making facility is now being renovated, and some of the Zamboni family were there to see the finished product.
“For the Kings, it is a core value of our organization to ensure that all ice rinks in the Los Angeles community remain open and available to the community, kids playing hockey, or families who want to skate. It’s important. We want to serve our community,” said Kelly Cheesman, chief operations officer for the LA Kings.
The upgrade took several months and cost about $1 million.
“Everything from the roof to the floor to the ice to the dashboard to the skates has been replaced, upgraded and modified,” Berman said.
The museum houses the Zamboni Museum, commemorating the late Frank J. Zamboni.
You can also find the Wurlitzer organ, the only pipe organ currently regularly performed in the country’s ice skating arenas.
The facility is now open to the public. Friday night has his 2-for-1 deal where you can bring a friend for the price of one.
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