Frozen shenanigans on an icy Cal Anderson fountain pool reportedly inspired the vision behind the Capitol Hill winter wonderland that debuted Tuesday. After a grand opening ceremony that eventually made way for Seattle’s mayor to take a spin on the synthetic ice panels, the first group of skaters made their rounds of the tented rink.
“I’m truly fascinated by this skating rink. I’m looking forward to seeing it in action. I love Capitol Hill,” Mayor Mike McGinn said before cutting the ribbon to officially open the ice. “This is a great neighborhood. One of the things that makes it great is just the level of activity.”
The rink is a project of developer and property manager Hunters Capital with backing from Sound Transit and the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce as part of the business mitigation efforts on the Hill related to the construction of the Broadway light rail station. A group of sponsors including NuBe Green, Elliott Bay Book Co., Blick Art Materials – and, yes, CHS, also helped provide funding for the effort.
Early reviews were of a pretty slippery surface but some sweet, sweet jams on the music system. We’re told to expect a disco night or two along the way. This skate for couples only…
Hunters expects about 400 people a day to skate at the tent which is open daily from now through Christmas Eve on the west side of the Bobby Morris playfield where you would normally find the basketball court now underneath the set-up. The goal is to break even or maybe even earn a little extra that will be put back into community organizations, organizers say. And, of course, in addition to helping the holiday spirit, part of the mission is to attract people to the Hill during the busy holiday shopping season. The question remains, will ice skating in Cal Anderson Park draw shoppers to Capitol Hill? The rink already has the holiday spirit part nailed.
More information can be found at http://capitolhillicerink.com/
Hours & Admission
Open December 6th – 24th from 11AM – 10PM
Rink is tented – Open rain or shine!
$12 for adults, $6 for children 8 yrs and under for 1 hour – includes skate rental
You are welcome to bring your own skates, however price remains the same
Tickets available for advanced cash purchase at the following locations:
Caffe Vita 1005 East Pike Street Mon-Fri: 6am – 11pm
Elliot Bay Book Company 1521 10th Ave Mon-Thurs: 10am – 10pm, Fri & Sat: 10am – 11pm, Sun: 10am – 9pm
Cure 1641 Nagle Place Tues – Sun: 4pm-close