Eccles Ice Center to host New Year’s Eve party

A little more than a month ago, some residents of Cache Valley approached the staff of the George S. Eccles Ice Center. They wanted to find a place that would be willing to host a New Year’s Eve celebration that would be appropriate for families.

“They asked us if our facility could be used,” said Deidri Nielson, program development specialist of the Eccles Ice Center. “We thought it would be a great idea.”

With less than a month to go until December 31, there are now plans in place for a party that includes three bands, ice skating and a number of different activities.

“We’re going to put down a portion of our temporary floor over the ice so there can be ice skating as well as dancing to live band music,” Nielson said. “We’re arranging to get a bounce house and we’re going to put a Disney movie on for kids so there’s entertainment for the whole family.”

Floyd Naegle, executive director of the Eccles Ice Center, said this party will be the only one of its kind in the area.

“I don’t think there’s a whole lot of New Year’s Eve parties out there that offer an experience for adults and kids,” Naegle said. “I just think it is a diverse type event.”

The party starts at 7 p.m. and will cost $10 per person. Food provided by Café Sabor will be available for an additional $10 for adults and $7 for children. Nielson said she is hoping to make this an annual event and expects a large crowd.

“We are hoping for hundreds,” Nielson said. “But we have no idea how many are going to show up. This year is our first time so we don’t know. We’re campaigning in every possible way we can to encourage hundreds of people to show up.”

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