The Rink opened at 3 PM Friday, December 4, 2015, for its 13th season. And, is still open, despite the warm weather conditions.
The Lincoln Financial Group is again the corporate sponsor for the season, which lasts through Sunday, March 6, 2016. “Thanks to Lincoln, and to the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne, the Edward D. & Ione Auer Foundation and the PNC Trusts, skating rates have remained the same for 13 seasons,” said Geoff Paddock, Executive Director of the Headwaters Park Alliance. 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 December 9 and March 2, will be a free skate day for children 13 and under, thanks to grants from the foundations.
The 36,000 square feet of concrete, which had served as the floor for many festivals and ice skaters for 18 years, was replaced this fall. The cost of the project was approximately $465,000, with $200,000 coming from the Fort Wayne Parks Department and $265,000 raised by the Headwaters Park Alliance.
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 and single skating passes are available by calling Geoff Paddock at 425-5745. The direct line to the rink is 422-7625.