Denison on Ice is going to return this year with a larger skating rink. Denison on Ice was on the City Council agenda this week and the beloved holiday recurrence is set to have a few changes.
Denison Assistant Parks and Recreation Director Kimberly Bowen said the characters Olaf, Elsa and Anna from the popular Disney film Frozen will be on hand for a meet and greet with a story time and sing-a-long on a night to be determined.
“We will have a mascot this year,” Bowen said ahead of the meeting. “Olaf is available nightly for kids and photo opportunities. We will have some unique programs for the first time. One big one is adaptive skate night which will be ideal for those with sensitivity or special needs. It will feature slower music and slower skating.”
Bowen said this year will be the first to offer tiered pricing. Adults will be able to skate for one hour for $10 with children 12 and younger skating for $7. Seniors 55 and older as well as veterans will be able to skate for $5.
“We’re looking for things that offer a quality of life environment that enhance the community,” Bowen said. “This is a unique program you don’t find in smaller communities. We wanted to bring that home town Hallmark feeling to Denison. We felt this was a great way to do that — being in the warmer climate area ice isn’t something you get to experience. Being able to enhance the environment with something as nostalgic as an ice skating rink enhances that holiday spirit. Having it down town highlights all the great shops we have downtown.”
This will be the fourth year the city has made the rink available, and it will be in the same location as previous years: the Radio Vision parking lot at 530 West Main Street.
The city is also offering a frequent user pass. The price is $70 for kids and $100 for adults and will be good for a total of 15 visits. The rink will also be available for private parties, and the city will also be selling $5 Olaf mugs which will give the purchaser free hot chocolate refills.
“Community feedback led to decision to increase size,” Bowen said. “We have had a great turnout in previous years. When we asked our guests how would it be enhanced further, the continued feedback was a larger ice rink. The ice new rink capacity is 140 people. We’re looking to have installation begin Nov. 1. We will be opening on Nov. 29.”
The rink will be open Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and 1-9 p.m. on weekends. It will go to 1-9 p.m. daily beginning Dec. 20.
Tickets are available for purchase now on the city’s parks and recreation as well as www.DenisononIce.Com.