My Biz: Cedar Rapids Ice Arena offers skating for all

Just in time for the Olympics

Tonya Frost event manager at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena smiles as she helps a customer during open skating at the arena in southwest Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Even though Tonya Frost spends her working day at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena, you won’t often see her out on the ice. She likely will be bundled in a coat or sweater, however.

As the event manager for the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena, Frost’s job is to host programs that bring others in who take to the ice.

“I come up with all the programming to bring people in who may have been here or may have never been here,” she said. “I still run into people that say they have never been in the building, but we have daily public skating and there is always something going on.”

From family skate events and school group fundraisers to Rock-and-Skate nights and birthday parties, Frost said she enjoys the variety.

“We are always coming up with some fun and different to bring people into the building. And every day is different,” she said. “ ... With everything that I do, it all comes down to meeting new people and keeping them happy.”

Frost first started working at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena — which opened in 2000 — in 2004 after completing graduate school. A move took her out of state for a few years, but she’s been the event manager since returning to the ice arena in 2014. She’s spent 15 years working in events management.

“I really like events — trying to put them together, executing them and, in the end, hopefully it all goes well,” Frost said.

In her role, Frost also manages the Learn to Skate program offered at the ice arena.

“That’s a really big part of my job,” she said, noting the arena operate the eight-week class sessions throughout the year. A new session starts this coming weekend, and while classes are mostly filled with children, Frost said the classes are open to people of all ages and skating abilities.

“I do see the same families sometimes two, three or four times a week,” she said.

She added she’s watched some children grow up in the skating programming and move on to competitive hockey or figure skating.

January, she noted, is National Skating Month. On Saturday, the ice arena will host a free skate from 1:30 to 5 p.m.

Members of the Eastern Iowa Figure Skating Club also will demonstrate figure skating at 3 p.m.

“It’s a good time to come see the building and see what we offer,” Frost said. “Plus, we thought it would be good timing with the Winter Olympics coming up in February.”

AT A GLANCE

Event manager: Tonya Frost

Business: Cedar Rapids Ice Arena

Address: 1100 Rockford Rd. SW, Cedar Rapids

Phone: (319) 398-0100

Website: http://www.cricearena.com

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