Walnut Creek’s Got an Ice Rink


The third annual Downtown Walnut Creek on Ice began a few weeks ago, it’s located at Civic Park. The open air setting is enough to encourage anyone to glide across the ice, except me. I have a phobia about putting 10 pounds of blade on my feet and going around in circles. Just the thought of going around in circles on blades holding up my ankles makes me want to run for a hot Toddie and watch my Walnut Creek friends and neighbors skate in circles. The rink was the brain child of my colleague, Mary Ellen Dudum and it has brought the Walnut Creek business community together in a very good way.

Things to expect this year are free group skating lessons, a New Year’s Eve party, a Figure Eight Frequent Skater Card enabling skating enthusiasts to enjoy savings on multiple visits The ice rink will continue to offer Family Skate Night on Wednesday evenings with KKDV 92.1, private skating lessons, corporate parties and private ice rental. The rink is also available for school field trips. John Muir Health Foundation has generously donated funds to reduce the cost of the field trips to only $8 per student. The ice rink committee has even developed special school based curriculum to enhance the experience for educators and students.

The rink opens at 10:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11:00 a.m. on Sundays. It closes Monday through Thursday at 10:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 11:00 p.m., and Sunday at 8:00 p.m. The ice rink features $11 pricing during off-peak times (most weekdays and Fridays until 5 pm) and $15 during peak (weekends and holidays). Civic Park is located at the corner of N. Broadway and Civic Drive.

Hey look, even if you’re not into ice skating, it’s a home-run for all of Walnut Creek. Enjoy the friends and family during the Holiday season.