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.
A $1 savings on admission is offered for the first two weeks for anyone bringing a toy or contributions for No Boundaries, which assists underprivileged, troubled teens and sex traffic victims.
People using wheelchairs and walkers and parents with strollers are permitted on the ice with a $7 admission on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the first three weeks.
Dec. 1 will be military appreciation day. Admission is $7 with a military identification. Wheelchairs and walkers will be allowed on the ice that day.
An Ice Prince and Ice Princess will be selected to ride behind the ice resurfacer in the Dec. 8 Edmond Electric Light Parade. Nominations of children, between ages of 5 and 11, can be made at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/ice-princess. They will be crowned at 5 p.m. Dec. 8.
There is free parking, a pavilion for spectators, indoor restrooms, Wi-Fi and free bus transportation on CityLink, Edmond's bus system.
Skaters can come and go at their convenience.
The Downtown Edmond Business Association is offering free Christmas wagon rides which will start at the outdoor skating rink. Wagon rides are from 4 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 6, 13 and 20 and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 8, 15, and 22.
For more information, go to www.edmondoutdooricerink.com or call 274-1638.