Ice Skating Season Starts at Pershing Square

“We have an onsite ice man who does nothing but make sure the ice is perfect," said an LA Parks Foundation spokeswoman

By Alexis Shaw
|  Thursday, Nov 17, 2011  |  Updated 5:24 PM PDT
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Lace up and get ready to glide. Pershing Square’s outdoor skating rink opened on Thursday, starting the holiday season off on the right foot in downtown Los Angeles.

This year marks the 14th annual Downtown on Ice event, where Angelenos can skate under the Southland’s skyline.

No need to worry that a temperate LA day or rainy weather may foil prime skating conditions.

“You have to have somebody close at hand to make sure the ice stays at a consistent temperature,” said Judith Keifer, executive director of the LA Parks Foundation. “We have an onsite ice man who does nothing but make sure the ice is perfect.”

The rink will be open daily until Jan. 16. Skating enthusiasts can work on perfecting their axels and lutzes from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on the weekends.

A one-hour skating session and skate rental costs $8.

Keifer expects that the Pershing Square skating season will bring over 300,000 skaters to the downtown rink.

But Pershing Square isn’t the only outdoor skating space in town for the holidays.

Woodland Hills Ice rink at the Westfield Promenade opened in mid-October. ICE at Santa Monica kicked off its skating season earlier this month, as did the Holiday on Ice rink at the Irvine Spectrum Center.

The W Los Angeles in Westwood is converting its pool into a skating rink experience, and plans to offer specialty cocktails and warm food at its outdoor bar to patrons when it opens on Nov. 18.

Also downtown, Holiday Ice at L.A. Live’s outdoor skating at Nokia Plaza kicks off on Nov. 26.
 

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