FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - "To see 32,000 skaters, and we're still going, coming through the gates here, I don't think we thought we would see anything like this," Executive Director Geoff Paddock said.
It's been a record breaking year for Headwaters Park ice skating. Paddock said the last high record of skaters was 27,000. On the last day, it was only fitting to get some flurries to close it out.
"Even though it is cold out, it's still snowing a little bit, and it's kind of good skating weather, we've gotta close today because we've got a big tasks ahead of us and that is dismantling the rink," he added.
The next big festival is right around the corner in April, so people are taking it in while they can.
"I know our family loves to do stuff outside in the winter. we need more stuff to do in the winter in Fort Wayne. We'd rather be down here skating and having a good time, having the kids get some exercise," Laurie Satter said.
Satter received a gift for being the 32,000th skater at the rink Sunday.
Paddock said the reason so many people come to Headwaters Park for this is because there's no other place like it nearby.
He said they'll open again before Thanksgiving this year on November 16th.
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