Dublin will open a temporary ice rink on December 17th at Riverside Crossing Park.
The ice rink is located in the lower plaza on the east side of the Dublin Link Pedestrian Bridge over the River Scioto at 6635 Riverside Drive.
The 3,200 square foot weekend rink will be open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on December 17, noon to 9 p.m. on December 18, and noon to 6 p.m. on December 19.
Vacation hours will be noon to 9 p.m. from December 20 to 30, noon to 5 p.m. on December 24, noon to 5 p.m. on December 31, and 3 to 9 p.m. on January 1.
It will be closed on Christmas Day.
Updates on the hours will be provided on the city’s website, dublinohiousa.gov.
The ice rink will operate until mid-March, said Shirley Blaine, public information officer for Dublin.
Admission is $ 10 per person and includes skate rental.
Skaters are welcome to bring their own skates but still must pay for admission, Blaine said.
The rink is managed and maintained by Out of the Box Enterprises LLC and is equipped with cooling equipment that allows it to operate in temperatures up to 60 degrees, she said.
Crews will resurface daily using a Zamboni, Blaine said.
The rink will be closed if skating conditions are unsafe. These conditions include excessive rain, extremely hot temperatures or poor driving conditions, Blaine said.
Visitors can see in real time if the rink will be open by visiting the city’s website.
The ice rink is both functional and scenic, said Matt Earman, director of Dublin Parks & Recreation.
“It wouldn’t be winter without taking a ride on the ice,” he said. “The new ice rink adds a touch of festive fun to downtown Dublin in the perfect setting of the Dublin Link.”
Dublin also operates an ice rink at Coffman Park, 5200 Emerald Parkway.
This rink is more sensitive to weather conditions and needs constant freezing temperatures to maintain an icy surface for skaters, Blaine said.
The Coffman Park ice rink is open weekdays from 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
If there is no school, the rink is open from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., weather permitting.
Skate rentals are not available and hockey is prohibited, Blaine said.