GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Wood) — The Rosa Parks Circle Ice Rink is gearing up to welcome a full house of skaters on Friday.
Skating rink capacity was limited during the 2020 season due to COVID-19 restrictions. Rosa Parks Circle was under construction during the 2021 season. Ice skating has moved to the Van Andel Arena.
“It’s such an important part of the city. People love to skate on the ice rink here at Rosa Parks,” said Steve Krogman, Grand Rapids Parks and Operations Maintenance Supervisor. “There’s a lot of excitement about reopening this one.”
The city crew spent the last three days setting up the rink and preparing the skaters.
“Take a fire hose and let the water run. It’s not like it floods, it’s like spraying a light layer and freezing it,” Krogman said.
Below the rink there are 34,000 feet to the piping where the glycol circulates. Glycol allows the rink to stay frozen and thick all winter long. Weather can also affect ice consistency.
“The sun is not our friend,” said Krogman.
Unfortunately for skaters, sunshine, sub-zero temperatures and rain are all in the forecast. As of Wednesday afternoon, the rink was not frozen enough to allow skaters or Zamboni. Friday’s opening may be postponed. rest assured. The city promises to open for business as soon as the ice hardens.
The skating rink is open until February 26th. make a reservation up to two weeks ago. Additional dates will be opened in the coming weeks. The rink is open daily from 10am to 9:30pm.
Admission is $2 for children 17 and under and $4 for adults 18 and over. Includes skates.