Ice rink to open Saturday in Downtown Memphis

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- There will be a new place for family fun downtown this winter.

At 10 a.m. the Fourth Bluff Ice Rink opens, the city’s first river front skating rink at Mississippi River Park on Riverside Drive, next to the Tennessee Welcome Center.

Workers on Friday were busy putting the final touches on the skating rink.

“I think it’s great, I think it’s exciting. I grew up ice skating, and I think it’s a fun activity and anything that gets people downtown,” said Memphian, Kate Anderson.

Making new memories and bringing neighborhoods together is the goal behind the creation of the Fourth Bluff Ice Rink.

“What we’re trying to do is to create programming that is sustainable that can be taken into the neighborhoods that you can have this in Whitehaven, you can have this in Raleigh, you can have this in Collierville you can have this in other areas of our community,” explained Dorchelle Spence with the Riverfront Development Corporation.

The rink is driven by a multi million dollar grant to help revitalize parks and other public spaces. The Riverfront Development Corporation expects 5,000 to 10,000 people will visit the rink while it’s open until the end of January. All of the money generated goes back into future city projects.

Spence said they’re ready for the crowds.

“We have 24 hour security on the rink so that’s not an issue. There’s parking nearby but it’s also on a trolley line and people can park into the city and walk down,” she said.

As far as cost goes, it’s $10 for two hours of skating, skate rental is included in the prices.

There’s no cost to come to watch.

There will also be heat lamps and hot chocolate.

The rink will be open Sundays from noon – 6 p.m.; Tuesdays – Thursdays, 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Fridays, 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. It will be closed on Mondays.

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