The Headwaters Park Outdoor Ice Skating Rink will open on Friday, November 18, for its ninth season with a skating show performed by the Fort Wayne Ice Skating Club. The show will be performed at 7 PM. The rink will open to the public after the 7:00 show.
The Lincoln Financial Group is again the corporate sponsor for the season, which lasts through Sunday, February 26, 2012. 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 seven 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 30 and February 21, will be a free skate day for children 13 and under, thanks to a grant from the Lupke and Auer Foundations.
"The Headwaters Park Ice Skating Rink remains inexpensive entertainment for children and families. This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the only outdoor rink within 50 miles of Fort Wayne, and to get exercise during the winter months," said Geoff Paddock, Executive Director of the Headwaters Park Alliance. "The Alliance takes great pride in managing Headwaters Park and in providing the ice rink. Each year we have about 25,000 skaters and about as many spectators over our three month season," Paddock said. Last year's skaters totaled just over 24,000, and there have been a cumulative total of over 163,000 since the rink opened in November 2003.
The grants from the Lincoln Financial Foundation, the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne, the Auer Foundation and the Sledd Foundation, pay for the expenses associated with the opening day ice skating shows. Those grants also help to underwrite the costs associated with operating the rink, therefore helping to keep admissions rates steady for the past eight 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 – 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. Season skating passes, single skating passes, and ice skating lesson information is available by calling Geoff Paddock at 425-5745.