I started ice skating on a frozen pond on my family’s land when I was a little kid.
We only ever went on the ice after my father took care of it himself beforehand, this was to prevent the opening of any one of us falling through the ice and drowning or dying from hypothermia. As the two of us got older, the two of us started migrating to the nearby ice skating rink instead, mainly because my siblings and I had friends from school who hung out at this endpoint. This was a fun place to hang out with friends on the weekends or while I was in school vacations. They had an arcade in the lobby section where you’d enter after walking through the front door. They had a pro shop off to the side with severely high-priced hockey gear and equipment, or you could simply pay the $5 to get your ice skate blades sharpened. I remember thinking to myself back then that it must cost a lot of money to operate an ice skating rink. First of all, you need industrial chillers to keep the ice freezing and prevent it from melting. I can’t imagine the sort of cooling systems that are implemented to keep the air freezing as well. But when you walk into the lobby area, there is heat running to keep everyone sizzling that isn’t in the skating area. So you have lots of heat running on one side of the building and freezing air chillers on the other. It must cost lots of money for all of that heating and cooling energy. It’s especially poor in the Summer when outdoor hot and cold temperatures work against the ice staying freezing indoors.