THE BRONX - The inauguration of a pilot ice rink was to be held Friday on 161st Street, but a lack of ice meant skating had to be put on hold.

At least 400 children were eagerly waiting to test out their new skates at the first ice skating rink in the Bronx. However, Thursday?s snowstorm delayed the arrival of ice.

The children were able to learn more about the sport by U.S. Figure Skating champion Jeremy Abbott. Many are already signed up to take free lessons at the facility.

The snow snafu did not dampen the spirits of the organizers who said they feel the monthlong pilot program is the first step in getting the borough a permanent ice skating rink.