ASHLAND, Ore. — The City of Ashland has set a date for the opening of its annual outdoor ice rink, though there will be changes in place this year to accommodate coronavirus restrictions.
The Ashland Rotary Centennial Ice Rink is set to officially open on Saturday, November 21. The rink is located at 95 Winburn Way, across from the Lithia Park Playground and just around the corner from the Plaza.
But Ashland Parks & Recreation says that it will be strictly following the Oregon Health Authority's coronavirus guidelines this year, which means that some things will be different.
“Many disruptions and changes to our lives have occurred in the past six months and it is our hope that the opening of the outdoor ice rink will help bring some enjoyment back to the community and help you find your holiday spirit in Ashland’s season of celebration,” said Lonny Flora, Recreation Manager for Ashland.
For a full list of changes, rules, and schedules, visit the City of Ashland website. For one thing, the ice rink will not be covered this year. Skating sessions will be two hours long, separated by an hour of downtime for staff to clean and disinfect. Only 50 people will be allowed on the rink at a time, including spectators, and groups of 10 or more will not be permitted.
“We want to make sure you are prepared to visit the rink and get the most enjoyment out of your experience," said Flora. "It will be important to review information about changes in participation requirements, scheduling and programs. We can’t emphasize enough to check the schedule BEFORE coming out to the rink (for every visit), as schedules can change daily."
Once the rink is open you can also call ahead to get information on recreational skating times, when to arrive and what to expect. The direct line to the rink, after November 21, is 541-552-2258. The rink will be open through February 2021.
“Considering all the changes and challenges we are facing to provide ice skating opportunities we are striving to excel in our communication this season to help you determine how and when visiting the ice rink will be right for you," said Rachel Dials, Recreation Superintendent for Ashland. "Again, we encourage everyone to go to ashland.or.us/IceRink before each visit to stay up-to-date on our operating hours, participation requirements and all of the things we are doing to keep our community safe while still being able to get outside and have fun this winter.”