FARMINGTON -- For weeks, Kennedy and McKinley Kissel have been asking their parents to take them ice skating. The sisters finally got their wish Friday.
Station Park celebrated Black Friday by opening its new pink ice-skating rink right in front of the Cinemark theaters.
The rink, which will be open at least through February, adds a festive feeling to the new outdoor shopping development, said Craig Trottier, vice president of development for CenterCal Properties.
That's one of the reasons Doug Kissel and his wife, Monae, of Farmington, brought their family to Station Park.
"I like it because it's pink," said McKinley, 6. "Pink is my favorite color."
McKinley was the first skater on the ice when the rink opened just after 1:30 p.m. Friday.
Kennedy, 8, stepped onto the ice right behind her sister. "I think I can go really fast on it because the ice is slippery."
The rink, designed to look like a small neighborhood pond, does not have a listed maximum capacity, Trottier said. However, if the skating surface becomes uncomfortably crowded, limiting skaters' time on the ice might be considered.
Several families soon joined the Kissels, which made Trottier's and his staff's efforts earlier in the day to get the rink and skates ready worth the effort.
"Everyone is always excited for the holidays," Trottier said. "It's fun to welcome people to do special things like this."
Trottier said the skating rink can be an oasis for people needing to get away from stressful days and enjoy the holiday season.
Children ages 12 and under can skate for $2, while teenagers and adults can skate for $4.
Santa Claus also arrived Friday morning at Station Park. Santa Village is right next to a 35-foot Christmas tree decked out with thousands of lights and decorations.
The holiday additions are near where crews are constructing a $2.5 million fountain that will be completed in December, Trottier said, but will open in the spring.
"Even though Station Park is still under construction, we wanted to create some holiday atmosphere for the community," said Fred Bruning, CEO of CenterCal Properties.
"Our initial Christmas festivities are just the tip of the iceberg, as we look to add new activities each year."
That's good news for nearby residents who plan on spending a lot of time in activities closer to home.
The Kissel family lives just "down the street" from Station Park and will likely be back to the neighborhood skating rink.
"We have been taking (the kids) down to the Bountiful recreation center," Doug Kissel said. "This is a lot closer."