How does a parking lot turn into a skating pond? With a lot of water, work and machinery.
Wednesday morning, Napa on Ice board member (and city councilman) Peter Mott was rink-testing the resurfacing machine -- essentially a golf cart towing a scraper -- that's intended to keep the ice glassy-smooth for skaters at the new rink at Coombs and Second streets downtown.
On the nearby Second Street sidewalk, 4-year-old Vince Burgos and his mother, Lorraine Hernandez, played happily with a small mound of snow-like ice shavings scraped up from the rink.
After creating a tiny snowman, the two were preparing to build a castle, the little boy said with a smile.
The rink's organizers are throwing a gala Friday night, and Napa on Ice opens Saturday morning for two months of daily use at $12 a skater.