The Headwaters Park Outdoor Ice Skating Rink will open at Noon on Sunday, November 18, for its tenth season with a free skating afternoon from Noon until 4 PM. Admission fees will be waived for all skaters during those four hours, thanks to a gift from the Lincoln Financial Group.
The Lincoln Financial Group is again the corporate sponsor for the season, which lasts through Sunday March 4, 2013. Thanks to Lincoln, and to the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne, the Edward D. & Ione Auer Foundation and the Sledd Foundation, skating rates have remained the same for nine seasons. Prices are still $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. Every Wednesday, between November 28 and February 27, will be a free skate day for children 13 and under, thanks to grants from the Lupke and Auer Foundations.
"Thanks to the Lincoln Financial Group, everyone can celebrate our tenth anniversary with a free skate afternoon on opening day, November 18, from Noon until 4 PM. Lincoln's generosity is much appreciated. They have been our corporate sponsor for many seasons and their generosity also allowed us to build the beautiful Lincoln Financial Pavilion that covers the ice rink," said Geoff Paddock, Executive Director of the Headwaters Park Alliance. "Each year we have about 25,000 skaters and about as many spectators over our three month season. Last year's skaters totaled just over 26,000, and there have been a cumulative total of over 189,000 since the rink opened in November 2003," Paddock said.
The grants from the Lincoln Financial Group, the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne, the Auer Foundation, and the Sledd Foundation, pay for the expenses associated with operating the rink seven days a week for three and a half months, therefore helping to keep admissions rates steady for the past nine years.
Federated Media is providing in-kind advertising on its four radio stations throughout the season. 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 – 1O 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. Season skating passes, single skating passes, and ice skating lesson information is available by calling Geoff Paddock at 425-5745.