Gets your ice skates on in sunny San Pedro

Happy Days are here again as Joe Duggan gets his skates on at a place even ‘the Fonz’ would find cool

LAST UPDATED: 26 Oct, 2015 @ 10:52

HAPPY DAYS: Ice skating
HAPPY DAYS: Ice skating

I’M clinging on for dear life to my new friend, a plastic polar bear, as I tentatively skate my way around Happy Days artificial ice rink, San Pedro boulevard’s most recent family-fun venue.

I may be the brunt of my colleagues jokes but the town’s modernity and resurgence are encapsulated by this innovative outdoor eco-friendly rink, mini-golf site and American diner.

Co-owner and former chef Pascal Van den Broek, who has cooked for Bill Clinton threw in the dish towel to serve up San Pedro’s residents a treat on Andalucia’s only artificial rink.

Since Happy Days opened in August, many Andalucians are being introduced to this green version of ice-skating.

“It would be impossible to have real ice in Marbella with the weather. This rink is very eco-friendly as it uses no energy,” explained Pascal.

Strapping on a pair of skates in the evening air, budding Torvils and Deans take to the surface to show off their pirouettes..

The slick surface is a an excellent approximation and the balmy Costa evenings mean you won’t need woolly mittens.

The high-tech rink was designed in Sevilla, and Pascal and Scottish business partner Sean Henry’s rinks is proving a hit with local youngsters.

“Around the weekends it’s fantastic,” said Pascal. “Kids birthday parties are really picking up. They can play mini golf and we have their favourite food – burgers.”

As befitting an owner who has cooked for the world’s most important man, the food at Happy Days is first-rate. The authentic airstream truck kitchen is the epitome of 60s retro cool. And burgers, hot dogs, buffalo wings and french fries are the perfect accompaniment to a night on the ice or swinging a putter.

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