Ice Skating Rink in Centre of Pula Proves to be Festive Hit

Lauren Simmonds

It’s amazing to think that after all of the fuss, excitement and preparations that come with the festive period, Christmas, Advent and Croatia’s winter tourism – that it’s all over in a matter of days. The popular city of Pula in beautiful Istria placed an ice skating rink in the centre of town, and it seems that it was a real hit with both locals and visitors alike.

As Glas Istre/Borka Petrovic writes on the 14th of January, 2020, now the events of Advent are behind us and the traffic in the heart of the City of Pula has returned to normal levels, local portal Glas Istre (the Voice of Istria) asked Pula’s local authorities to evaluate the results of the decision to close the city center for two months – whether they thought it was a good idea and whether Pula’s festive ice skating rink would be placed in the same location this year?

The portal also asked them to provide a look into the financial parametres of the whole story, that is, how much individual communal utilities lost and indeed how much they earned through this plan.

In the City of Pula, the ice skating rink’s location is said to have been a hit, stating that it has become a traditional gathering place for many Pula residents who are more than happy to have another festive facility available to them during the winter months where they can have a good time in the city and enjoy healthy, sporting activities alongside sausages, mulled wine and fritule.

The location was also a huge hit as far as the figures are concerned, too. More than 16,000 visitors passed through the Pula ice skating rink, which is a massive fifty percent more than the year before when the rink was installed on Veruda.

The Pula skating rink’s total revenue amounts to 520,000 kuna, while the cost of installing, renting equipment (wooden-metal stand, lighting, bins and containers, transportation and transport costs, manpower, electricity etc) amounted to 518,000 kuna.

”Although the rink was financially self-sustaining, the purpose of the rink was not economic, the rink was set up so that our fellow citizens could be offered additional facilities and a place for entertainment,” the City of Pula notes.

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