Ice to see you: David Street Station skating rink taking form

The ice rink is seen in its early stages at the David Street Station splash pad on Monday, Nov. 12. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

The transformation from summer splash pad to winter ice rink is underway at the David Street Station outdoor plaza.

Crews have installed the dasher boards and started spraying the first layer of ice onto the concrete on Monday.

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Progress was delayed as installation crews from out of state made adjustments to the chillers, which were craned onto the equipment building earlier.

Contractor John Lubner, who worked on the ice at the Casper Ice Arena for years, is building the ice at David Street Station. He will also maintain the ice and rental skates through the season.

When it’s completed, nearly 2 inches of ice will sit on the ice rink. It should take a couple of days to complete, said Lubner.

The community Christmas tree will be placed in the center of the splash pad. The tree has been chosen and will be installed this Thursday, weather permitting.

A tree lighting ceremony will take place next week before the downtown Christmas parade, and ice skating will start earlier that day.

A sheet of ice is formed on the David Street Station splash pad on Monday, Nov. 12. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Ice tech John Lubner walks along the Zamboni ice treating machine at David Street Station. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)