SETTING THESAURUS

OUTDOOR SKATING RINK



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HELPFUL TIP:

Settings should always be chosen with care. Consider the emotion you want your viewpoint character to feel and how setting choices, weather elements, and symbolism might build a specific mood in the scene, create tension and conflict, or even raise the stakes.
SIGHTS:
A smooth oblong ice rink with a low wall or railing around the perimeter
Sights surrounding the rink such as snow-dusted trees and snowdrifts, a main street with shops and restaurants, skyscrapers, a park, streetlights, a parking lot, etc.
A facilities building that contains restrooms, equipment rentals, lockers, and concessions
Outdoor seats and tables
Floodlights for night skating
Hockey markings on the ice (in upscale rinks)
Hockey nets
Skaters with ice-frosted pants
Red-cheeked children making their way around the rink by holding onto the wall
Kids using walkers or sleds or holding onto a parent’s legs
Hockey teams practicing during designated time periods
The fog from warm breath puffing out of a skater's mouth
Uncertain skaters clutching onto each other
Cones set up to demarcate a figure-skating area in the middle of the rink
Figure skaters in costume
Fast skaters throwing off plumes of ice as they skid to a stop
Maintenance crews spraying the rink with water or shoveling the ice
Falling snow
Lone skaters racing around the rink
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