Twin Ponds West holds one last skate before closing its doors
Twin Ponds West employees had one last skate before the rink officially closed its doors on March 4.
Co-owner Lisa Vranicar-Patton made the announcement about the Hampden Township-based ice rink via a Facebook post.
“To All: Thank for being part of our 23 year journey at Twin Ponds West. We celebrated the Last Skate with our employees before turning off the compressor for the final time,” she wrote.
All ice skating activities will be redirected Twin Ponds East in Susquehanna Township.
Vranicar-Patton and her husband and rink co-owner Reed Patton announced that Twin Ponds West would be closing in January due to lack of business. Patton built Twin Ponds East in 1993 and Twin Ponds West in 1996, but in the past decade, the demand for ice has thinned out, he said.
“It has dwindled down to a fraction of what it was,” he said.
The couple decided to close the West rink and focus solely on the more popular East rink.
The West rink was purchased by Manheim-based Lancaster County Bible Church in December 2018 and will become a new branch of the church, which has satellite locations across the state, including in Harrisburg and York.
The church stated on its website that it placed Twin Ponds West under contract for $4.95 million and plans to invest approximately $5 million into renovating half of the 80,000 square-foot building. The church plans to repurpose the ice rink for worship space and use other areas of the building for offices and classrooms, according to the site.