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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Capitol Hill Skate Rink Opens Today!

Posted by on Tue, Dec 6, 2011 at 2:37 PM

Have you been dreaming of a romantic skating date complete with hot cocoa? Then you are in luck! The Capitol Hill Skate Rink is opening today at 4:30! From the mayor's press release:

The first 100 visitors to the rink during the 4 p.m. hour will receive a free hour of skating after the ribbon cutting. Program participants from the Garfield Teen Life Center will serve free hot chocolate and candy canes, provided by Skanska, near the rink and from the shelter house, which will be open with a fire going in the fireplace.

The rink is located on the basketball courts at Cal Anderson Park (1635 11th Avenue). If you've been wondering what those big white tents are, they're covering the rink. It will be open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m daily until Christmas Eve. Hourly admission is $12/general and $6/children 8 and under, with or without the included skate rental.

Not only will there be adorable skating and embarrassing falls, there will also be snacks! Caffé Vita will be serving coffee and hot chocolate and Dante’s Inferno Dogs will serve hot dogs, snacks and drinks. Both will be there daily. This will totally make the inevitable butt bruises worth it.


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Oh those bike polo people are going to be so pissed that the basketball courts are occupied.

Yay ice skating! It will be like being home in Minnesota, but not at all.
Posted by ERIN! on December 6, 2011 at 2:42 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 2
Awesome. If I weren't dying of strep throat or something I'd be super stoked.
Posted by MacCrocodile on December 6, 2011 at 2:47 PM · Report this
Westlake, son! 3
Glad to hear this became a reality.

@1 yeah, it's probably a bummer to make consistent good use of a public space and then one day find someone else there. Not sure that's something to get pissed about, but I'm sure the polo players appreciate your dick attitude towards life.
Posted by Westlake, son! on December 6, 2011 at 2:52 PM · Report this
the bike dorks use the tennis courts. more visibility there, where chumps can see them from the boutique ice cream line.

capitol hill!
Posted by tryhards unite! on December 6, 2011 at 3:06 PM · Report this
Can't wait until the druggies and Occupy Seattle trash the place!!
Posted by Reality Sucks on December 6, 2011 at 3:15 PM · Report this
Vince 6
How did the city get insurance. I don't mean to be a wet blanket but I used to live in California and everything was being shut down because of the cost of insurance. Oh well, have fun while you can!
Posted by Vince on December 6, 2011 at 3:20 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 7
@6 Skating is a Right. Not a privilege.
Posted by Will in Seattle on December 6, 2011 at 3:39 PM · Report this
Cienna Madrid 8
@2, feel better!
Posted by Cienna Madrid on December 6, 2011 at 3:39 PM · Report this
I'm so excited! I think ill go on sunday
Posted by tigntink on December 6, 2011 at 3:48 PM · Report this
@6, I believe the sponsors are covering it. They created a nonprofit umbrella just for this event. The main sponsor, Hunters Capital, led by the megamillionaire developer, Sorrento Hotel owner, Stranger Reading Night host and GOP donor Michael Malone, could swing it alone without noticing. But in this instance the nonprofit umbrella also contains many worthies of the ordinary Capitol Hill small business community, who I am sure are pitching in.
Posted by gloomy gus on December 6, 2011 at 3:50 PM · Report this
Free Lunch 11
A block away from the Stranger office, and you couldn't take a picture?
Posted by Free Lunch on December 6, 2011 at 3:53 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 12
@8 - I'll try, but this happened sometime around the first, when I met you in person, Typhoid Cienna!
Posted by MacCrocodile on December 6, 2011 at 4:11 PM · Report this
Is it real ice or is it that fake plastic snap-together crap?
Posted by tacomagirl on December 6, 2011 at 4:13 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 14
@11 they're too drunk. Or stoned.

heck, they have problems moving their fingers to tweet about it.
Posted by Will in Seattle on December 6, 2011 at 4:48 PM · Report this
tainte 15
13, it's the fake shit...uh, i mean ice. you can find real shit in the shrub beds.
Posted by tainte on December 6, 2011 at 5:02 PM · Report this
DOUG. 16
Dante Rivera is one of the business owners trying to block the completion of the Burke Gilman Trail in Ballard. Skate, but don't eat his crap.
Posted by DOUG. on December 6, 2011 at 6:55 PM · Report this
SPG 17
@6, "Insurance" is a code word for "we don't want to run this anymore, or spend the money on it, and we don't want to take any blame for it." You'd be surprised at how little it can cost to insure something like this.
Posted by SPG on December 6, 2011 at 7:06 PM · Report this
Did you all know there's real ice down the hill at Seattle Center? For $7?
Posted by tacomagirl on December 6, 2011 at 7:27 PM · Report this
@ 13 & 15
The city didn't want the noise disturbance of the generators that would've been needed to make and maintain real ice, so they wouldn't allow the permits...I'm sure the neighbors appreciate that. It's just not cold enough here for your super-manly, real ice without artificial help...
Posted by I Love IPA on December 6, 2011 at 7:53 PM · Report this
@19: But I always read in Slog that this is a city and it's SUPPOSED to be noisy and fuck the NIMBY neighbors!

Or is that just for OTHER neighborhoods?

Posted by bigyaz on December 6, 2011 at 8:32 PM · Report this
I am super-stoked with our new ice skating rink!!!
Posted by Marie on December 6, 2011 at 8:45 PM · Report this
can someone confirm whether or not this is real ice or sport court? i'm not spending $12 unless it's the real deal. thanks!
Posted by ruby fume on December 7, 2011 at 10:10 AM · Report this
SPG 23
@22, it ain't real frozen ice.
Posted by SPG on December 7, 2011 at 11:16 AM · Report this

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