FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – It’s nearly time for a Fort Wayne favorite winter activity to open up shop.
Saturday, Nov. 17 at 11 a.m., the Headwaters Park Outdoor Ice Skating Rink will open for its 16th season.
Admission fees are the same as they were when the rink opened up 15 seasons ago: $3 for children 13 and under, and $5 for children 14 and over and adults.
There is a $2 charge to rent skates, or patrons can bring their own skates.
Wednesday, between December 5 and February 27, will be a free skate day for children 13 and under, thanks to grants from Lincoln Financial Group, the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne, the Edward D. & Ione Auer Foundation and the PNC Trusts.
“Each year we have about 25,000 skaters and about as many spectators over our three and one half month season. Last year’s skaters totaled just over 25,000, and there has been a cumulative total of nearly 340,000 since the rink opened in November 2003,” Executive Director of the Headwaters Park Alliance Geoff Paddock said.
The indoor concessions stand will again be operated by Mr. G’s at the Rink, offering soup, sandwiches, cold, and hot drinks. Hours of operation are: 1 PM to 8 PM Monday through Thursday; 12 NOON to 10 PM on Friday; 11 AM – 10 PM on Saturday; and NOON to 8 PM on Sunday.
There will also be extended holiday hours.
The rink is closed on Christmas Day.
Free parking is available in the Headwaters Park lot, with access from Clinton and Barr Streets.