EDMOND — Edmond's outdoor ice skating rink is returning for a second year when it opens Friday in downtown.
Dmitri Logoutine, owner of Ice Challenge Enterprises and operator of the Edmond rink, has been working this week to get the rink ready for its first skaters of the holiday season.
The warm weather on the freezing ice has created challenges this week.
“It is my pleasure to provide a community entertainment venue of such wholesome activity for holiday fun with family and friends,” said Logoutine, the 1989 Junior World Ice Dance champion from Russia.
Logoutine danced his way into the United States more than 16 years ago.
And then he promptly got stuck in Oklahoma City, along with his troupe of Russian Ballet on Ice performers. While a sponsorship for the group's U.S. tour withered, leaving the skaters stranded, a dream formed in Logoutine's head: See the joy of ice skating become a reality for Oklahomans.
Logoutine has fulfilled his dream. He is installing three outdoor ice rinks this year.
“Basically, my message is to inspire more activity in life,” Logoutine said. “We need to start moving. We need to find something we enjoy. This is fun and tied to physical action.”
The 115-foot by 55-foot rink, located in Festival Market Place, near Broadway and First Street, will be open until Jan. 6.
The ice rink is open daily from noon to 10 p.m. Cost is $10 including skates, $9 with a military identification or toy or food donation, $7 with personal skates and $5 for children 5 and younger.
Special savings are available for group and private party reservations.
Throughout the season there will be special event days, such as Can-to-Skate Mondays, which allows skaters to bring a nonperishable item for the Hope Center of Edmond to receive a $1 discount off admission.