VISAR’s Winter Wonderland
Hosted by the cyril b romney tortola pier park
Tentative details for the 2021/2022 season
The British Virgin Islands made history this holiday season (2020/2021) as VISAR’s Winter Wonderland became the first ever synthetic Ice Skating Rink in the Leeward Antilles! VISAR’s annual fundraiser featured a quaint holiday village, nightly snow fall and family events on the weekend.
Our goal was to create fun, affordable family friendly event to create a lifetime of holiday memories while also raising the necessary funding to keep our doors open and this goal was acheived.
tentative opening date: Sunday, nov 28, 2021
skating to save lives at sea
PRELIMINARY 2021/2022 INFORMATION
Skating Fee: $10 a skater for 30 mins on the ice, which includes skates. Socks are required and will be for sale at a minimal price for those that need them.
Reservation Policy: Due to the success of the rink and the high demand ALL reservations MUST be paid in FULL at the time of booking. Should you not be able to pay over the phone, you MUST arrive 30 minutes before your skate session, if you do not arrive 30 minutes before your skating session will be released.
Late Policy: Your skating session will be forfeited should you arrive later than 10 minutes. Even if you have paid.
Opening Hours: TBD
Liability Waiver and Skaters Under 18 Yrs Old: All skaters must sign a waiver and follow the ‘Code of Conduct for Skaters’. Anyone under 18 years old will need to present a signed waiver by a parent or guardian in order to skate; anyone under 12 years old will need to be accompanied to the ice rink by a parent or guardian and, anyone under 6 years old will need a parent or guardian on the ice with them when skating.
COVID-19 Protocols: 2020 Policy…Masks must be worn at all times while inside the Cyril B. Romney Tortola Pier Park, this includes the ice rink and surrounding areas. For safety reasons, face shields will not be allowed on the ice rink. The skates, rink hand rails and all high touch areas will be sanitized between each skate session. For further information please read the third questions from our Q&A section.
Merchandise: We will be selling socks, Santa hats and headbands, and VISAR event branded gear.
2020 Sponsors and Community Partners: Roger Harris, Diamonds International, Island Boy Mirror Booth Rental, BVI News, CTL, CCT, Dive BVI, GK Construction, Grape Expectations, Kalo, Klass Electronics, KrYS Global, Oil Nut Bay, Sail Caribbean Divers, Speedy’s Ferry, Taino Boutique, Tovel Investments Ltd, Travers Thorp Alberga, Department of Labour, Ministry of Education, and the tenants and team at the Cyril B Romney Tortola Pier Park.
COUNT DOWN Till Skating
Quick Reference Q&A’s.
If you have any questions please contact Julie at [email protected]
What is a synthetic ice skating rink?
The rink is produced by the Swiss company Glice. They have designed a new ecological technology to create an ice skating rink that needs no electricity!
Will I actually be ice skating if there's no ice?
Yes, you will!
The technology that Glice has designed, allows you to wear real ice skating boots with a blade (no toe pick).
For the little ones, we have, on a first come first serve basis, skating aids to help you get comfortable on the ice.
If you grew up on the ice, you’ll be excited to know, this rink is rated for ice hockey!
VISAR's Skating Liability Release & Under 18 year Old Skating Information
Anyone under 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent/guardian over the age of 18 years old. This person doesn’t have to skate with them but must be in the area. A signed liability release by their parent/guardian should be brought with them to skate.
For children under 6 years old, they must be accompanied by a parent/guardian on the ice. This does require payment for two people.
Please email the completed form to [email protected] with the subject line stating the person’s name, date&time of the skating session.
Please read the 'Skater's Code of Conduct'
CODE OF CONDUCT FOR SKATERS
Ice skating should be FUN; however, it can also be hazardous. All skaters are reminded that they skate at their own risk.
“NOTE: Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult (aged 18 or over) to the venue. Children under 6 must have an adult (aged 18 or over) with them on the ice”.
• Please listen to the Rink Safety Officer at all times.
• No littering.
• No entry onto the ice without skates.
• Remove objects from pockets whilst skating.
• No bags, phones or cameras on the ice.
• No headphones allowed.
• No food, drink, or tobacco is allowed on the rink surface or the surrounding dasher.
• Do not play tag or any other games on the ice.
• Do not skate in chains (three holding hands is allowed).
• No digging, spraying, chipping or throwing ice.
• No carrying of others including children and infants.
• No anti-social behaviour. (This includes shouting, swearing, spitting, fighting, vandalism,
petting, bullying and boisterousness).
• No sitting or loitering on the ice – please keep moving.
• Please skate in an anti-clockwise direction only (unless instructed otherwise by the Ice
• Maintain reasonable control of his/her speed at all times
• Maintain a proper lookout to avoid other skaters, objects or conditions on the surface of
• Accept responsibility for knowing the range of his/her abilities while on skates, and skate
within the limits of that ability and as appropriate to the session on which he/she is skating
• Not skating whilst under the influence of drugs, alcohol or other control impairing
Substance. Any persons who appear to be under the influence will be asked to leave the premises.
• Leave the surface of the ice when resurfacing maintenance is taking place, when
sessions end or as directed by staff.
• Refrain from instigating or becoming involved in any type of altercations with any other
skater or spectator and engaging in abusive, abrasive or disorderly conduct, this type of
behaviour will not be tolerated.
• Do not sit or climb over the barrier.
Bike helmets, knee and elbow pads are allowed on the ice.
The decision of the Rink Safety Officer on accessing the ice is final. Access is entirely at the discretion of
Skaters that are asked to leave or are removed from the Ice Rink area will not be refunded
their session fee if they are found to be breaking this Code of Conduct.
Please note that all tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.
If you are unhappy with your skating experience, please ask to speak to the Supervisor.
If you follow these rules, we are sure everyone will have a safe and enjoyable session.
ASSUMPTIONS OF RISK
• Skating is entirely at your own risk. The management will not be responsible for any loss
or injury incurred.
• Skaters and Spectators understand and agree to the following:
• By engaging in skating both skaters and spectators are deemed to have knowledge of,
and assume the risk of skating which include but are not limited to the following:
a) Injuries that result from collision or contact with other skaters or other individuals who are on the skating surface
b) Injuries that result from falls
c) Injuries that involve objects or artificial structures that are properly within the intended path of the skater.
What COVID-19 precautions will be in place?
VISAR will be following safety protocols as laid out by the BVI Health Services for the 2021/2022 season. As we get closer to the event this section will be updated.
Information from 2020: The rink is rated for 35 skaters at a time however we will only be allowing 20 skaters and two staff on the ice.
Due to COVID-19 regulations, there will be a gap between skating sessions which will allow the rink staff and volunteers to wipe down the handrails, skates, and skating aids.
At this time all skaters will be required to wear a mask and hand sanitize before getting on the ice and after. For safety reasons, face shields are not allowed on the ice.
Can I reserve a time on the ice in advanced?
Yes, you can!
As we get closer to the event this section will be updated.
What happens if I've paid but I'm late?
Your skating session will be forfeited should you arrive later than 10 minutes. Even if you have paid.
Our team members will do their best to reschedule you for the next open slot. However, we can’t guarantee we will have spaces available that day and there will be no refunds.
What other family events will be going on?
SAVE THE DATE:
Hanukkah Story Time and Crafts Sponsored by TBD; on Sunday, Dec 5, 2021
Diwali Story Time and Crafts
Sponsored by TBD: on Sunday, Dec 12, 2021
Christmas Story Time and Crafts Sponsored by TBD; on Sunday, Dec 19
Kwanzaa Story Time and Crafts Sponsored by TBD; on Sunday, Dec 26
Cost: Free but donations to VISAR are welcome
Limited slots are available which will be determined by social distancing rules and regulations at that time.
Registration: As we get closer to the event this section will be updated.
Is there Autism and Sensory Friendly skating?
Can I rent the rink for a private party?
YES, you can!
Please contact Julie at [email protected] or 345.4357 to learn more.
We will be offering weekday or weekend evenings for local businesses or families to hold their holiday parties at the rink. This will give your business private use of the rink and Holiday Village! The VISAR Team will handle all of your party planning needs and will customize a menu for the evening.
Rental Donation: Packages will start at $1,000 an hour for 50 people; food, drink and live entertainment offerings will be offered at an additional cost. Two-hour minimum.
Can I advertise my business at the rink?
YES, you can! Please contact Julie at [email protected] or 345.4357 to discuss how you can partner with us on this very exciting event!
Dasher Boards: Are the barrier that separates the rink and the spectator and makes for the perfect advertising space. Each dasher board is 6 feet in length and allows for your company’s name to be prominently displayed, either on the dasher boards inside the rink or on the outside. This will provide your business great community exposure while also supporting a great cause.
Advertising Donation: Inside Dasher Board: $800 each | Outside dasher board: $500 each
Can my business hold a marketing event at the rink?
YES, you can!
Please contact Julie at [email protected] or 345.4357 to discuss how you can partner with us on this very exciting event!
Weekend Evening Skate Session: Each weekend evening, we will be offering the chance for a local business to host a special theme night for the community at the rink. This will give you a unique opportunity to engage with the community while also branding the event to high light your business. Themes could include 70’s disco night, Date night under the stars, Ugly Sweater Contest, and much more.
Sponsorship Donation: Two-hour event: $1000 and $350 per additional hour; plus the cost of entertainment
Are you hiring?
Yes, we are!
We will have a limited number of positions to fill on a part-time, seven-week contract basis. BVI Belongers, BVI Residents, or work permit exemption holders will be considered.
Please contact the Department of Labour to submit your resumes.
Interviews will be held in early November 2021.
Can I volunteer to fulfil my community service hours for graduation?
Community service is a key element to the success of this event. We will be holding interviews in November 2021, please stay tuned to our social media pages for notification.