the Christmas ice rink returns this year
The Town Hall of Toulouse announces that the large ice rink will indeed be installed near the Christmas market for the end of the year celebrations. In the midst of the energy crisis, the City encountered several arguments ahead, in anticipation of criticism.
Despite the energy crisis, the large ice rink will be present in the vicinity of the Christmas market this year on the Place du Capitole in Toulouse. ” This is a perfect choice presumethat we did after having examined in detail, both its environmental impact and the commitments of the service provider”, explains the mayor of the city Jean-Luc Moudenc.
To justify this decision, the latter declares to take into account “the boredom of Toulouse residents, of all ages, who are more and more numerous, each year, to come and try ice skating”. Indeed, according to City data, the attendance increased by more than 10,000 admissions in six yearsgoing from 8,111 tickets sold during the 2016 festivities to 18,260 in 2021. The objective is to “enable both Toulouse residents who do not have the chance to leave during the holidays to have fun in Toulouse and to discover to the greatest numbera joy of winter sports “, continues the city councilor.
“Special attention is paid to the supplier’s eco-responsible guarantees”
In terms of energy and the environment, Jean-Luc Moudenc also highlights the plan announced by the Town Hall and Toulouse Métropole last October, which includes 25 measures aimed at reducing consumption during the winter period. The savings made thanks to these new provisions allow the City to “preserve the warm atmosphere of the end-of-year celebrations in Toulouse”, according to the city councilor.
The energy cost of the rink is 2 kilowatt hours per square meter. “It consumes the energy ofa year of using a fridge-freezer “, indicates the Town Hall, which specifies that “particular attention is paid to the eco-responsible guarantees of the supplier (Synerice)”. The latter uses, for example, food glycol as a coolant, a product “more respectful of the environment and without harmful consequences in the event of a leak”. Also, the water used for the skating rink circulates in a closed circuit. “Furthermore, Synerglace is committed to the program of reforestation of 6,000 trees per year, including ten in compensation for his performance in Toulouse “, defends Jean-Luc Moudenc.