RiverScape MetroPark Ice Rink Opens Thanksgiving Weekend

Offering season-long, family-friendly experiences for skaters of all ages, the MetroParks Ice Rink officially opens on Friday, Nov. 29. MetroParks Ice Rink has beautiful views of the scenic Great Miami River in downtown Dayton and is the region’s largest outdoor ice skating rink.



Admission to the RiverScape MetroPark Ice Rink — located under the pavilion at RiverScape MetroPark, 237 E. Monument Ave. — is $6 daily, and visitors can rent ice skates for $2.

Photo Credit Jan Underwood

The day after celebrating Thanksgiving with family and friends, get active on the ice and treat your out-of-town guests to a seasonal skate to kick off the countdown to the holidays. Opening weekend hours for the MetroParks Ice Rink are:
  • Friday, Nov. 29, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 30, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 1, 1 to 5 p.m.

Open through the beginning of March, the MetroParks Ice Rink will have special holiday hours during Christmas, New Year’s and more. Visit metroparks.org/icerink for a complete schedule.

Season passes are available: $90 family passes include season-long admission and skate rentals for up to five people, and $30 individual passes cover the same costs for one person. Season pass holders also receive 25% off products at the RiverScape Café. Those who purchase season passes before opening day will receive a 20% discount. Gift certificates are also available for purchase at the rink.

Photo Credit Jan Underwood

Visitors can stay warm while purchasing admission under the MSD Warming Zone. The Kettering Health Network Comfort Tent, presented by Butler Heating and Air Conditioning, is adjacent to the rink and provides skaters and observers a warm place to take a break from the winter weather. Additionally, warm snacks and beverages will be available at the RiverScape Café.

Recreation activities at the rink include curling and broomball. To learn more about these programs, visit metroparks.org/icerink.

Skating lessons for children, teens and adults are held at the rink throughout the season and cover basic skills that will have participants moving comfortably on the ice. Access to Nature Scholarships are available to qualifying families who wish to participate in skating programs. Provided by the Five Rivers MetroParks Foundation, these scholarships are for those of all ages and pay for part of the cost of fee-based programs. Visitmetroparks.org/scholarships to learn more and apply. To register or view a list of available lessons, visit metroparks.org/skating.

The MetroParks Ice Rink is presented by Huffy.

Celebrating more than 50 years of preserving green space and natural areas, Five Rivers MetroParks is a nationally renowned park system composed of natural area parks, gardens, high-quality river corridors, urban parks and a network of recreation trails. Five Rivers MetroParks protects the region’s natural heritage and provides outdoor experiences that inspire a personal connection with nature. Educational programs and recreational opportunities are offered year-round for all ages. Five Rivers MetroParks is accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies. To learn more about Five Rivers MetroParks, log onto www.metroparks.org or call 937-275-PARK (7275).

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