FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — The Headwaters Park Outdoor Ice Skating Rink will open at 11 a.m. Saturday for its 17th season.
Admission fees will remain the same as in the previous 16 seasons, thanks to corporate and foundation support.
Hours of operation are:
Monday - Thursday; 1 - 8 p.m.
Friday; Noon -10 p.m.
Saturday; 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday; Noon - 8 p.m.
There will also be extended holiday hours.
The rink is closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Parkview Health is the corporate sponsor for the season, which lasts through Sunday, March 1, 2020.
“Thanks to Parkview, skating rates will remain the same as they have for 16 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 $3 charge to rent skates, or patrons can bring their own skates.
Every Wednesday, between Dec. 4 and Feb. 26, will be a free skate day for children 13 and under.
“Every year we have about 25,000 to 30,000 skaters and about as many spectators over our three and one half month season. Last year’s skaters totaled just over 32,000, which was a record, and there have been a cumulative total of nearly 360,000 since the rink opened in November 2003,” Paddock said.
The corporate sponsorship and grants help pay for many of the expenses associated with operating the rink daily for over three months, and helping to keep admission rates steady for the past 16 years.
“Parkview Health is happy to be a sponsor of this great tradition that brings in thousands of skaters each year. We are happy to work with the Headwaters Park Alliance in providing affordable family entertainment to Headwaters Park,” said Ben Miles, President of Parkview Regional Medial Center and Affiliates.
The indoor concessions stand will be operated by Mr. G’s at the Rink, offering soup, sandwiches, cold and hot drinks.
Season skating passes and single skating passes are available by calling Geoff Paddock at (260) 425-5745.
Starting Nov. 16, the direct line to the ice rink is (260) 422-7625,