For the first time two Pierce County towns are erecting temporary ice skating rinks in their town centers to provide a space for adults and children alike to enjoy some time on the ice. Pierce County has it’s own year round indoor ice skating rink at Sprinker Recreation Center in Spanaway, but it has been closed for repairs since May and won’t be open until after the new year.
Whether in response to the lack of ice skating opportunities at Sprinker or a strong desire by folks in the community for a rink of their own- both Downtown Tacoma and Downtown Puyallup are in the process of erecting temporary ice skating rinks. They both open on November 25th, 2011- the day after Thanksgiving.
Known as the “Fransiscan Polar Plaza” the skating rink in Tacoma will be located across the street from the Tacoma Art Museum in Tollefson Plaza. It will be open from 4pm – 10pm while schools are in. When school is out and on Saturdays hours are 10am – 10pm. Ice skating is open 10-8pm on Sundays. Admission is $8 and skate rental is $2.
Known as “Holidays on Ice” the Downtown Puyallup Mainstreet Association will be putting on this temporary skating rink in Downtown Puyallup’s Pioneer Park, in the Pavillion. Admission to the skating rink will be $7 per person including skate rental. If you have your own skates, admission will be $5.50.
All around the country cities have holiday traditions of erecting skating rinks in their downtown areas for the enjoyment of their citizens. It’s exciting to see Pierce County joining in the fun!