On Sept. 3, the Herald published an article addressing difficulties the Tri-Cities Figure Skating Club, a nonprofit organization, is having working with the Toyota Arena and the city of Kennewick.
For two decades, TCFSC has promoted safe skating opportunities for skilled local and visiting figure skaters. The club coordinates with coaches to hold local shows and U.S. Figure Skating sanctioned competitions. The club supports skating in our community and represents our community around the Pacific Northwest. Last December, more than 400 people enjoyed the TCFSC holiday ice show.
The Tri-Cities is home to skilled skating coaches who facilitate the city's learn-to-skate program. Why isn't this program a regular feature of the Kennewick Parks and Recreation advertising? This advertising would bring in lots of community revenue and new skaters. Most TCFSC skaters discovered ice skating this way several years ago. Those skaters observed the more advanced skaters practice in the time slot before their lessons. They strived to learn and join them.
Skaters continue to come and practice to improve and advance but not at the rate they could.
Figure skating in the Tri-Cities is about advancing available activity options for a well-rounded community. Community support and sponsorship will strengthen skating opportunities.
JENNIFER CARLSON, Kennewick