by Chevont’e Alexander
Are you looking for a fun family activity to work off the turkey, stuffing, and sweet potato pie during the holiday season? Or do you need a unique outing for a date night? Well, lace up your skates, and bundle up for RVA On Ice. Richmond is bringing back RVA On Ice for its second season this year. The opening of the ice rink is scheduled for Monday, December 1, temperature permitting.
RVA On Ice is Richmond’s first and only outdoor ice rink located between 6th and 7th Streets on East Broad Street behind the Carpenter Theatre. The rink offers family fun at an affordable rate, providing ice-skating and skate rentals for all ages.
You do not have to be a Kristi Yamaguchi to come out and enjoy RVA On Ice. Just come, let loose, and enjoy the bumps and falls of the skating rink. Most people that attended last year say it is definitely on the list for this year as well. “I think it is a wonderful winter activity for community building and family fun,” says Richmond resident, Albert Walker, III.
The 8,400-square-foot rink first opened December 22 in 2010 and stayed open until early March. The first year was definitely a hit with attendance of about 15,000 to 20,000 skaters. There is no doubt the ice rink had positive economic impact on local businesses and increased tourism downtown.
“Richmond is forward in its thinking by bringing us back downtown for fun. I am going to be there,” continues Walker.
RVA On Ice is open Wednesday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The ice rink will be closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Dates and times are subject to change based on weather and special activities. Children under age 10 skate free but require adult supervision. Ages 11 and up are $5 per person. Skate rental is available at $3 for a child and $4 for an adult. You are welcome to bring your own skates as well.
RVA On Ice season runs from December 1 to January 2. Tickets for RVA On Ice are available on ETIX online, charge-by-phone 1-800-514-ETIX (3849) and Richmond CenterStage Box Office.