Open skating and beginners’ lessons are available for all ages at the Riverscape ice rink. CONTRIBUTED
Photo: Contributing Writer
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Lace up your skates: RiverScape Ice Rink is open for the season

The region’s largest outdoor ice skating rink officially opens Friday, Nov. 23 at 11 a.m., for season-long, family-friendly fun on the banks of the scenic Great Miami River in downtown Dayton.

Festive lights overhead, friends and family by your side and a steamy cup of hot cocoa within reach… A night on the ice at the MetroParks Ice Rink can be a picture-perfect way to ring in the holidays. 

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“We are helping families establish traditions,” said Meredith Adamisin, Five Rivers MetroParks RiverScape manager. “We love being a consistent anchor of the downtown holiday festivities.”

The MetroParks Ice Rink is sponsored by WMMX and will be open through Feb. 28, including special holiday hours during Christmas, New Year’s and more. Visit metroparks.org/icerink for a complete schedule.

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COST

Daily admission to the MetroParks Ice Rink under the pavilion at RiverScape MetroPark, 237 E. Monument Ave., is $5 daily, and visitors can rent ice skates for $2.  

Season passes Right now, season passes are at a 20 percent discounted, pre-season cost. $72 family passes cover season-long admission and skate rentals for up to five people, and $24 individual passes cover the same costs for one person. New to last year, season pass-holders will also enjoy 25 percent off all products at the RiverScape Café. Gift certificates are also available for purchase on location. 

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The ice skating rink at RiverScape Metropark was a popular place to be on Sunday, Jan. 24, as a large crowd of Daytonians, young and old, enjoyed the brisk winter air while doing their best to stay balanced. (ANDREW SMITH/STAFF)

REFRESHMENTS

While at RiverScape MetroPark, visitors can warm up by the fire and grab snacks, hot chocolate and more at the adjacent snack bar which will be open during rink hours. 

LESSONS

While skating lessons might sound like something for the kids, the MetroParks lesson program is designed for the young at heart as well as the young.  “Skating lessons for all ages are beneficial,” said Katie Heine, professional figure skating coach. “Learning how to ice skate helps to build strength, develop confidence and teaches perseverance that kids and adults will carry with them on and off the ice.”  For parents, a first-time lesson or refresher course can be particularly helpful when their little skaters are hanging on to them for support.  “It helps parents build confidence and really enjoy the experience,” Heine said.  There are lesson programs designed for young skaters (3-5 years old), youth/teens (6-17) and adults 18 and over. The three-week sessions cost $50. For more information, visit www.metroparks.org/ice-rink.

PRIVATE EVENTS

Families, neighborhoods, clubs and groups can rent the ice rink for private events. Available dates are limited. For more information, call 937-275-PARK. 

WANT TO GO?

WHAT: RiverScape MetroParks Ice Rink

WHERE: 237 E. Monument Ave., Dayton

WHEN: Beginning Friday, Nov. 23, 2018. Check website for dates and times.

COST: $5 per person per skate, $2 skate rental. Seasonal passes available

INFO: metroparks.org/icerink

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