Not sure that the tail end of an Icepocalypse is the best timing for an announcement of the opening of the temporary skating rink in the middle of downtown’s Klyde Warren Park, even if the ice is fake. The press release:
Klyde Warren Park will open a new skating rink this week, bringing music and winter activities to park patrons from Dec. 13–Jan. 31. The rink is sponsored by Norman Green, former owner of the Dallas Stars, and his wife Kelly.
“We are so thrilled to open our skating rink, after working on this plan over the last few months,” said Tara Green, president of Klyde Warren Park. “The skating rink will add to the holiday spirit and bring people out to enjoy the park during the winter. We encourage everyone to come out to enjoy our new skating rink this weekend.”
Skate rentals will be free on Friday, Dec. 13, and complimentary skate lessons will be offered on Saturday, Dec. 14 and Sunday, Dec. 15 (visit www.KlydeWarrenPark.org to sign up for a time slot). Skate rentals will normally be $5 during the week and $10 on weekends. Park patrons can bring their own ice skates to use with no additional charge.
“Kelly and I are thrilled to see our creative idea come to life,” said Norm Green. “We wanted to bring something new to the city for everyone to enjoy, and a skating rink in Klyde Warren Park just seemed perfect given my passion for hockey and the community.”
Visitors will have a chance to skate for free every Tuesday. El Centro College, whose Downtown campus is only blocks away from Klyde Warren Park, will sponsor the park’s weekly community skate day, which will give park patrons complimentary skates to use. Additionally, CBS radio will provide all the music for the skating rink while it’s open.
The 32’ by 100’ skating rink will be located on the Ginsburg Family Great Lawn in front of the children’s park and is made out of synthetic ice skating surface called Super-Glide. The surface is eco-friendly and is made with a scientifically engineered molecular structure that lets skaters glide just as smoothly as on real ice. Hours of operations for the rink are Monday–Thursday, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Friday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–10 p.m.; and Sunday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m.