CHICO – Chico’s skating rink on the Plaza returns for its second holiday season, setting the icy ground for family fun.
The Downtown Chico Business Association announced Monday that the rink will open Nov. 17 with ice skating sessions at an 82-by-65-foot rink.
“We’re really excited to bring the rink back to downtown Chico,” said Lynda Gizzi, DCBA Marketing Coordinator.
This year the rink will focus on themes like 70s music, country music night; and will allow individuals to rent the entire ice rink.
In its first year of operation, the rink put more than 20,000 patrons on skates and drew approximately 30,000 to 45,000 visitors to downtown Chico. The cost of operating the rink was $376,386.06 and generated $347,394.12, resulting in a net loss of $28,991.94.
Gizzi said the cost to install the rink itself will be similar to last year, but will have a lower total cost overall, as one-time power upgrades to City Plaza are already paid.
With one-time costs paid, the rink may have a better chance of being profitable.
When the rink was first installed in 2021, a chain-link fence surrounding the plaza blocked access to parking spaces, sidewalks and restrooms for more than six months, prompting defenders of sans -shelter protesting against the fence, believed to have another purpose to keep homeless people away.
This year, however, the plaza is not expected to be fenced off during its operating season.
Gizzi said the square will have a temporary fence for construction purposes from November 1 until November 17 – but will not be there in its entirety as it was last year, leaving the square more easily accessible.
Chico’s skating rink on the Plaza will be open from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; noon to 9 p.m. Friday to Sunday; 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for the Thanksgiving holiday from November 20 to 28 and the Christmas holiday from December 18 to January 2; and noon to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, Christmas Eve, and New Year’s Eve.
Tickets are $8 for general admission, $4 for child admission, $7 for ice skate rentals and $6 for skating aid rentals.
Closed sessions for private parties are $1,250 for up to 150 skaters and are available Wednesday evenings from 7-9 p.m. Public skating will not be available during these times if sold to a private party.
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