Synthetic ice being tried out at Action City

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- It's time to put on your skates and get on the ice. It may be spring but Action City at Metropolis Resort in Eau Claire is trying out synthetic ice which is good year-round.

The synthetic ice is from Spain and from Saturday through Tuesday, it’s free to the public to try out at Action City.

You’re asked to donate canned food if you do go and skate.

Action City at Metropolis Resort wants input from skaters with hopes of buying a large sheet of the plastic ice for a year-round skating rink.

Synthetic ice slows skaters down by about 5 percent but there are some benefits.

“It's just fraction of the cost of use of regular ice, it has no refrigeration, you don't need the Zamboni, you just vacuum it out every night, you can skate on it every day of the year and you can do on this sheet anything you can do on regular ice,” said Mark Steil, co-owner of Metropolis Resort.

Steil said if synthetic ice is a success Action City, it'll be the first to have commercial application of the ice and the largest sheet of synthetic ice in the country.

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