Elisa Nash, who is owner and operator of the Pond Ice Rink in Auburn Township with husband Jim, spends much of her day at the rink on East Washington Street. “It keeps me in touch with the customers and is a very personal way of doing business. They know my family as I know theirs.” She and Mr. Nash live in Auburn Township.

And the facility is offering something new to the area called The Yard. It’s 7,500 square feet of indoor turf. “It is great for field practice,” Mrs. Nash said. It can be used for soccer, lacrosse, baseball as well as for parties, bubble soccer and flag football.

It features retractable batting cages and can be used for practice during bad weather or for that matter, anytime, she said. The area could be used for special events as well, she added.

“We want to take care of the neighborhood,” Mrs. Nash said. Some families have to drive to late practices at distances, making it hard on families,” Mrs. Nash said.

Auburn Trustee John Eberly said the Pond has been an asset to the community. There are few such facilities available, he added.

The facility will continue to accommodate schools that currently use the ice skating rink including Chagrin Falls, Kenston, Aurora and Orange. Neighborhood customers will have access to the indoor turf practice space and whoever else needs indoor space, she said.

“They can rent the full field, half the field or the batting cages, she said. All organizations can rent the turf as well, Mrs. Nash added. The Yard can be used for obstacle courses, and cardio training.

People have to drive all over to find spaces to play, and this is conducive to families, she said. The grand opening is set for September, Mrs. Nash said.

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