Ice age begins in Bibra Lake: Cockburn Ice Arena

Cockburn Ice Arena general manager Calandra Barrett.  Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d444947
Cockburn Ice Arena general manager Calandra Barrett. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d444947

DESPITE Cockburn having more than 13km of coastline, Bibra Lake could prove to be an equally popular place to beat the heat this summer.

That is in part thanks to Cockburn Ice Arena’s $10 million move to Progress Drive.

The large facility, which is now next to Adventure World, features two Olympic sized ice rinks, a pro shop, skate hire, a cafe, three themed party rooms, a 150sq m ballet studio and a European ski lodge-inspired restaurant called Cabin 401 with views of the hockey rink.

General manager Calandra Barrett said her family opened the old Ice Arena on Barrington Street two decades ago and the move was needed.

Planning on the arena, which has triple the capacity of the previous facility, began in 2010.

“We’d done everything we could with the old facility,” Ms Barrett said.

“With 20 years of experience in running the Barrington Street Arena, we wanted to make sure we used everything we learned in the past and we improved functionality in the new building to make it a better experience for patrons.”

Rink one, the pro shop and cafe are scheduled to open this Saturday.