Ice skating will become part of the holiday season in downtown Clovis this winter, after the Clovis City Council agreed Monday to place a deposit on a portable ice rink.
The nearly 2,000-square-foot rink may be set up near the American Legion Hall parking lot between Fourth and Fifth streets and Woodworth Avenue, said Tina Sumner, the city's economic and community development director.
The city is proposing to keep the rink open for 23 days, from Dec. 11 to Jan. 2, Sumner said.
Funding for the project is coming from the Clovis Community Development Agency, the city's downtown redevelopment arm.
The Clovis council, voting as the agency's board, unanimously approved the down payment on the rink.
The city is paying a deposit of $11,396 to Crystal Ice Skating, an Anaheim company that owns and operates portable synthetic ice-skating rinks.
Company documents say the rink is made of plastic panels with a special polymer. It is covered with a water-based glide enhancer to provide a slippery surface.
The full cost is $45,584, which includes the cost of staffing the rink, ice skates for rentals, snow-making machines and set-up costs, Sumner said.
Sumner expects much of the cost to be covered by promotions, sponsorships and commercial revenue. KSKS FM, KISS Country, has agreed to promote and market the skating rink.
The plan is to make the rink one piece of a larger project that Sumner hopes will include a crafts fair and other holiday events.
"We want to create a month of Old Town holiday activities," she said. "I would love the opportunity to attract more people to Old Town and bring more people from the community to see it and experience it."
By drawing visitors, more people will remain in Clovis to eat meals or visit Old Town Clovis' specialty shops, she said.
The skating rink adds to the downtown holiday season events, such as One Enchanted Evening, the Children's Electrical Parade, Old Town trolley rides and annual Christmas tree lighting. The city also is in the process of adding a parade of Santas, a Christmas market/crafts fair and holiday drama productions.
Although some details remain to be worked out, Sumner said the rink will be operated with an admission fee for two-hour skating sessions.
Long Beach, Calif.–The Pike in Long Beach launched a new ice skating rink attraction, Crystal Ice Skating, jut in time for the holiday season. Open daily through Jan. 31, 2010, Crystal Ice Skating launched with a show that included four young skaters who are on their way to becoming stars, or at least graceful young women with great potential.
Along with the girls, a big pink shrimp came out and skated. There was one scary moment when the shrimp’s head fell off, but none of the kids or parents watching the ice show were traumatized or upset, and most thought it was just the launch of a great season of spills, chills and thrills at the waterfront in Long Beach.
The Pike’s foray into holiday events includes a Christmas Tree Lot next door to the rink, overlooking the Rainbow Lagoon. Family entertainment never looked so good as this holiday season. A carousel, Ferris wheel, Aquarium of the Pacific and many restaurants make for a season of celebrations.
We caught the ice skate opening, then grabbed some great pizza and salads around the corner at California Pizza Kitchen. For hotel stays, the Hyatt Regency hotel is right across the street.
The rink is open through January 31, 2010, seven days a week; weekdays 11am – 11pm and weekends 10am to 12am. Skate sessions are 1.5 hours long. Skaters parking will be validated in The Pike’s parking structure. thepikeatlongbeach.com
This December, guests are invited to enjoy a flurry of holiday events downtown. Rainbow Harbor Holiday Events will feature a full month of things to do for the whole family including Christmas tree lighting, snow, ice skating, and Christmas carols with an ocean backdrop.
For a holiday event to remember, the Aquarium of the Pacific, Shoreline Village, and The Pike invite the public to come and enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes of a white Christmas by the bay.
Many of the events — including the holiday harbor cruises and ice skating — take place daily and are already open. Be sure to mark your calendar for weekend celebrations such as the tree lighting and snow day.
The Rainbow Harbor Tree Lighting Ceremony
The lighting of a Christmas Tree is an iconic tradition that’s not to be missed. The Rainbow Harbor Holidays Christmas Tree stands 30 feet tall and has more than 3,000 lights. It takes nearly 12 hours to install and decorate before the magical moment when the tree is lit for the first time. Councilwoman Suja Lowenthal will officially light the Christmas Tree and recognize the Menorah and Kwanzaa displays. Guests will also be treated to the holiday sounds of the Lakewood High School Choir and can see Santa’s arrival with the Long Beach Fire Department.
The Rainbow Harbor tree lighting ceremony will take place Sunday, December 6 at 6:00 p.m. at The Pike’s Event Park (corner of Shoreline Drive and Pine Avenue).
Ice Skating Rink Opens
Together with Crystal Ice Skating, The Pike brings the classic holiday experience of outdoor ice skating to Long Beach this season. With the unique location just steps from Rainbow Harbor on the waterfront in Downtown Long Beach, the outdoor rink offers a frozen lake experience in the Southern California Harbor. Skate sessions are one and a half hours long. The price is $12, which include rental of ice skates and skating time. Ice skaters’ parking will be validated in The Pike’s parking structure.
The outdoor ice skating rink will be open through January 31, seven days a week; weekdays 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. and weekends 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. at The Pike.