The original wood-fenced skating rink in Watkins was installed in 1984, along with a warming house. After years of fixing, fixing, fixing the old rink, the Watkins Lions tore down the old rink and put up new, low-maintenance walls and fencing. They even raised the base of the rink about two feet, and paved it so it can be used for other activities year-round.
The Lions have been raising funds, with pulltabs and other fundraisers, to upgrade the rink. The boards are made by Rhino, a company in Maple Lake, and the molds for them are owned by Athletica in Plymouth.
The rink is open seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. In winter it is used for hockey, figure skating and broomball, including a broomball tournament the second weekend in January that is a Lions' fundraiser.