Opening of the ice rink in the Talleyrand park in Bellefonte


Skates and shoes sit near the rink at Blue Spring Park during the 2018 Winter Carnival in Boalsburg.

Skates and shoes sit near the rink at Blue Spring Park during the 2018 Winter Carnival in Boalsburg.

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After a joint effort by local businesses and community leaders, Bellefonte’s first ice rink is set to open on Sunday.

The skating rink, located near the Talleyrand Park belvedere, will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Visitors must bring their own skates.

A ribbon cutting is scheduled for January 25 and a number of local businesses sponsor the ice rink, according to, which is among the sponsors and helped organize the effort.

Sponsors raised $12,000 in donations, as well as $3,000 in donated services, to purchase the rink, which was then donated to the borough. The borough will be responsible for the installation, maintenance and storage of the skating rink.

“(The rink) gives us a chance to have people using the park in winter, to get out, be active, explore and enjoy what we have to offer in Bellefonte,” said local owner Mark Dello Stritto. who arranged the purchase. of the ice rink.

Kelleher Landscape constructed a temporary walkway for the 40-by-80-foot temporary ice rink, and Garman Construction added an entry and exit platform.

Other Places to Skate in Center County

The Harris Township Ice Rink opened in Blue Spring Park, although Central Region Parks and Recreation tweeted Thursday that it was temporarily closed due to hot temperatures. The rink offers a period reserved for hockey from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. Updates are available on the Central Region Parks and Recreation website.

The Howard Borough rink is not yet fully frozen but could be ready next week, according to a recent Facebook post by organizer Patti Long.

For those looking to skate indoors, Pegula Ice Arena is open for public skating on Wednesdays, Fridays, and weekends. Ticket prices and times are available at his website.

This story was originally published January 14, 2022 5:00 a.m.

Keely Doll is an education reporter and service reporter for the Center Daily Times. She previously worked for the Columbia Missourian and The Independent UK.


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