Time Is Running Out for Outdoor Ice Skating in Woodland Hills

Even though temperatures are in the 80s, ice skating mania jumps and spins at Woodland Hills Ice, which closes after Feb. 21

Build it and they will come -- even if it's outdoors in summer-like temperatures. Mr. Sun is happily beating down on a surface not natural to our semi-arid desert.

Welcome to Woodland Hills Ice, located in the parking lot of the mall at Topanga Canyon and Erwin Street.

A fixture since Thanksgiving, the rink is now seeing renewed interest, despite the 80 degree temperatures.

"It was the first time when I actually had to wear sunglasses and sunscreen to go ice skating," said skating instructor Tami Tarmow.

Business is brisk, and it doesn't hurt that there's a great, big promotion on TV called "The Winter Olympics."

"I noticed a couple of people here last night at about 11 p.m. skating around like the speed skaters," said Matt Pszonak, general manager of Woodland Hills Ice.

Woodland Hills Ice opened last November and is billed as a winter wonderland in the heart of the West San Fernando Valley.


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The outdoor rink features more than 7,000 square feet of real ice, along with instruction, skating exhibitions and shows.

But if you want to spin and jump like an Olympic champion you have to hurry, Sunday, Feb. 21, will be the last day to skate.

Public session are held:

  • Monday - Thursday: 2 p.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Friday: 2 p.m. - 12 a.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. - 12 a.m.
  • Sunday: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Prices include skate rental and unlimited skate time: Child (12 and under), $11; student/senior, $13; adult, $15

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