Acacia Park skating rink opens for the season in Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. —  It’s that time of year again, dozens of people laced up their skates for the opening night of State in Park in downtown Colorado springs.

It’s the only outdoor ice rink in town!

“They can come out and kick off the holiday season,” said Kim King Recreation and Administration manager for Colorado Springs.

“It kind of opens up an experience. I feel a lot of people really don’t think about downtown  having much to do,  so it’s cool to incorporate an activity you are able to see everything that happened downtown,” said Melody Schuette, who is visiting from Rye, Colo.

The city is expecting more than 15,000 skaters will hit the ice from Opening Day until the rink closes on January 15.

It’s affordable fun for skaters of all ages and abilities.

“It ties in the idea of downtown being the heart of the community, and giving one more positive activity for family members to come out and enjoy,” said King.

They city said they hope the attraction brings more people downtown to support local businesses.

“We just came downtown to grab some dinner and to come to opening night to have fun and do a girls night,” Schuette said.

The grand opening event is Friday Nov. 17 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The event begins with remarks by city leaders and skating demonstration by 2010 Olympian and U.S. Figure Skating Champion Mirai Nagasu.

Then from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. the public can skate for free.

Also coming up on Saturday, Nov. 18 there will be the tree lighting and Santa will be there.

The event will have short holiday movies and crafts for kids. The giant tree lighting at 5:30 p.m.

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