Macquarie Ice Rink, the only Olympic-sized skating rink inside a shopping centre in Oceania, has undergone its first significant facelift – or “ice-lift” – in almost 40 years.

The rink, which is located inside Macquarie Centre in Sydney’s north, was melted, had its below ground pipes adjusted and its surface re-laid with a fresh ice, which director Monica MacDonald describes as “thinner” and “smoother”.

“The new ice surface has made a positive difference to everyone," says MacDonald, who used the rink as a training ground for the Winter Olympics, alongside many other elite skaters.

Other beneficiaries of the new ice and its new professional-grade hockey lines are the rink’s ice hockey teams, including the Sydney Bears and Sydney Ice Dogs, and players of the recently launched bubble soccer games.

For nearly four decades, the ice-rink has been a playground for Sydney kids and teenagers – especially on Friday nights when the rink turns in a disco. A new 15-square-metre LCD screen means skaters can now watch music videos on the big screen while they try not to fall over.

The rink has also been gifted new compressors, dehumidifiers, energy-efficient lighting, a fresh lick of paint, new rubber mats and even a cafe, all of which, its owner Frank Gregg hopes, will keep Sydneysiders coming “for generations to come”.

“Macquarie Ice Rink has played a special part in so many people’s lives over the years, from Olympic athletes to married couples who first met here at the rink,” he says.

Macquarie Ice Rink is on Level 1 Upper of Macquarie Centre.

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