The Cleveland Foundation skating rink may only be in its third year, but is quickly becoming a season tradition for families and friends in the heart of downtown Cleveland: Public Square
Although only in its third year, ice skating in Pubic Square is becoming a holiday tradition.
The Cleveland Foundation Ice Rink sits in the heart of downtown, with the Terminal Tower providing a picturesque backdrop for city skaters. Resting between the Soldiers and Sailors monument and the REBoL cafe, the rink is available to the public throughout December until February 28th.
Creating the perfect ice, no matter the weather
Just getting the rink ready for the public is a big job, as twenty to twenty-five thousand guests are expected to take to the ice this year. Over ten thousand gallons of water are used to create the three inches of ice needed for the rink, created by over two hundred “floods” of water dumped to coat the rink’s surface. Five miles of pipes rest beneath the ice’s surface, pumping glycol (a cooling liquid) at a temperature of twelve degrees through a seventy-ton chiller, maintaining the ice’s density. The rink’s staff re-surfaces the ice around every twenty minutes to make sure that each ice skater has a smooth experience.
Ice skate sizes from children’s 9 to adult size 13 are available to rent. General admission is $10 per skater, which includes skate rental. If you bring your own ice skates, tickets are $7. A friends and family 10-pack is also available for sale on-site, for $75 (A savings of $25 off the regular price). You can purchase tickets on the Public Square website.
The ice skating rinks normal hours of operation are:
Monday – Friday: 3pm – 10pm
Saturday: Noon – 10pm
Sunday: Noon – 8pm