Headwaters Park skating rink to reopen Nov. 17

The Headwaters Park rink will begin its 16th season Saturday. (News-Sentinel.com file photo)

The Headwaters Park Outdoor Ice Skating Rink will open its 16th season at 11 a.m. Saturday Nov. 17. Admission fees will remain the same, thanks to corporate and foundation support. The Lincoln Financial Group is again the corporate sponsor for the season, which lasts through March 3, 2019.

“Thanks to Lincoln, and to the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne, the Edward D. & Ione Auer Foundation and the PNC Trusts, skating rates have remained the same for 16 seasons,” Headwaters Park Alliance Executive Director Geoff Paddock said in a statement. Prices are $3 for children 13 and under and $5 for children 14 and over and adults. There is a $2 charge to rent skates, or patrons can bring their own. Every Wednesday between Dec. 5 and Feb. 27 will be a free skate day for children 13 and under.

“Each year we have about 25,000 skaters and about as many spectators over our three and one half month season. Last year’s skaters totaled just over 25,000, and there has been a cumulative total of nearly 340,000 since the rink opened in November 2003,” Paddock stated.

The indoor concessions stand will again be operated by Mr. G’s at the Rink, offering soup, sandwiches, cold, and hot drinks. Hours of operation are 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; noon to 10 p.m. on Friday; 11 a.m. to 1O p.m. on Saturday; and noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday. There will also be extended holiday hours. The rink is closed on Christmas Day.

Free parking is available in the Headwaters Park lot, with access from Clinton and Barr Streets. Season skating passes and single skating passes are available by calling Paddock at 425-5745. The direct line to the rink is 422-7625, beginning Nov. 17.