The Edmond Outdoor Ice Rink will return to the Festival Market Place at noon Nov. 22 through Jan. 5, 2014 said Dmitri Logoutine, owner of Ice Challenge Enterprises. Now in its third year, the ice rink has become a family tradition during the holidays.
“I want to see families — mom, dad and the kids come and enjoy time,” Logoutine said.
Construction workers were busy Monday building the 115-foot by 55-foot rink, located in the Festival Market Place northwest of Broadway and Second Street.
“I love the challenge. All of my life, I was an athlete,” Logoutine said. “… Another thing is I enjoy the building and this is the extreme building project in an extremely small window of time.”
Logoutine is the 1989 Junior World Ice Dance Champion from Russia, who came to Oklahoma City with the Russia Ballet on Ice in 1994-95. Preparing for world competition meant leaving his family in Kazakhstan as a 14-year-old to live on his own in Moscow.
While on tour, he became stranded in Oklahoma City when Russian funding to support the tour collapsed. Edmond residents housed him for most of six months, and provided him with food and other assistance, said Ruth Green, group and private ice sales coordinator.
The ice rink in walking distance to downtown specialty shops and restaurants, Logoutine said. The rink is made possible by presenting sponsor Edmond Electric and other local business sponsors.
Display items include themed live trees, lighted figures and a large outdoor screen featuring skaters and Christmas scenes. Choirs, dancers, hockey demonstrations, instrumentalists and figure skaters will perform at the rink.
Logoutine hopes the weather will cooperate with the ice better than it did last year.
“Last year I said, ‘Ruth, I can’t fight this weather. Oklahoma says it’s a record-breaking summer and we are doing the ice. Maybe we have some contingency plan.’”
Wind and humidity are the most critical factors in maintaining an ice rink, Logoutine said. Temperature and direct sunlight have less of an impact, Logoutine said.
“It seems like we are going to have more winter,” Logoutine said. “If last year we had more summer in the winter, then this winter from what forecasters say will be cold. It’s useful to keep the ice, but hopefully not too cold.”
There will be special event days such as curling promoted throughout the season. Curling is a winter Olympic sport that will take place at 11 a.m. Nov. 30. An Ice Princess Contest for ages 5-12 will also take place.
The ice rink will open each day from noon to 10 p.m. On Christmas Eve the ice rink will close at 5 p.m. On New Year’s Eve, the rink will remain open to the general public until 11 p.m. On Thanksgiving, the rink will open at 4 p.m.
Free hot chocolate will be available with the price of admission. Cost is $10 including skates and taxes, $9 with military ID or toy/food donation, $7 with personal skates and $5 for those 5 years old and younger. Special savings are available for group and private party reservations.
There will be special event days promoted throughout the season such as Can-to-Skate Mondays, allowing visitors who bring a non-perishable food item for the HOPE Center of Edmond to receive a $2 discount off admission. A barrel will be in place at the rink to serve as a collecting point.
There will also be $2 savings every day for the first two weeks for anyone bringing toys or contributions for No Boundaries, which assists the underprivileged, troubled teens, sex traffic victims and others in need. From noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays, wheelchairs and walkers are permitted on the ice with $7 admission.
“We are also doing PTO fundraisers,” Green said. “We give them half-price. They can resell the tickets for full admission to raise money for their schools.”
TO LEARN MORE about Edmond Outdoor Ice, go to www.expressice.com or call Ruth Green at 274-1638.