Three outdoor ice rinks to open

West Park residents have their pick of multiple outdoor ice rinks this winter.

On Public Square, the Cleveland Foundation will provide free ice skating tickets on Saturday, Nov. 24, as part of Downtown’s Winterfest celebration. Free tickets will be distributed starting at 7 a.m. and continue until they run out. The facility, known as the Cleveland Foundation Skating Rink, is located in the Southwest Quadrant, close to Tower City and the RTA Rapid Transit Station.

Winterfest runs from 1-7:30 p.m., and ends with the holiday lighting ceremony and fireworks.

Free ice skating lessons begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1.

The Rink at Wade Oval in University Circle is open Nov. 23-Feb. 18. Adults pay $2 to skate, can $3 to rent skates size 4-13. Students pay $1 to skate and $2 to rent skates size 4-13.

Hours are 3-9 p.m. Fridays, noon-7 p.m. Saturdays, and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Extended hours in December are 3-9 p.m. Dec. 5 and 12, and noon-9 p.m. Dec. 19 and 26

From Dec. 24-Jan. 6, the rink is open daily. It is also open on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President‚Äôs Day and Valentine’s Day. Free skating lessons are offered from noon-1 p.m every Saturday.

To reach either ice rink from West Park, ride the Red Line to Tower City, and walk out onto Public Square. You can skate there, or transfer to the HealthLine on Euclid Avenue, exit at University Circle, and walk north to Wade Oval.

Halloran Park will also have open skate Monday through Friday, from 3 to 5 p.m.; Friday from 6 to 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Park officials say they are working on conditioning the ice for public use right now. They expect work to be finished by this weekend and open shortly thereafter.


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