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The City of New Rochelle will bring the magic of outdoor skating to Lincoln Park for the mid-winter vacation week, with a giant pop-up rink taking center court. The rink – packing even more wintertime fun at three times the size of the popular rink at the Holiday Market – will be open daily, from 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM for eight days, February 17 through February 24, 2024. Guests can skate for free, with rentals provided at no charge, and the first 100 visitors each day will receive a complimentary cup of hot chocolate with entry. The rink will also feature a day-long Winter Carnival on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, brought to life by the New Rochelle Community Justice Center.
The City of New Rochelle invites all to celebrate the opening of the Lincoln Park ice rink and Winter Carnival with a kickoff event on February 21, 2024 at 11:45 AM. Council Member David Peters and the New Rochelle Community Justice Center will deliver remarks to welcome New Rochelleans to extend their winter fun, and even their holiday shopping, at the Lincoln Park mid-winter village and carnival.
“We are so excited to offer our community one last taste of the joyous winter season here in the City of New Rochelle,” said Council Member David Peters (District 3), who first brought the ice rink proposal to the City Council. “Ideal for local families to visit while school is closed for mid-winter recess, we’re thrilled to be able to open the Lincoln Park ice rink and Winter Carnival as a fun and free activity for children and their families to enjoy!”
In addition to ice skating in Lincoln Park, visitors will also be able to shop from a rotating roster of local vendors offering their artisan goods, food and beverages, and more, with three different small businesses spotlighted each day the ice rink is open. Featured local vendors will include Decota Naturals, Savage Custom Crafts, Humble Bumble, Sibalhe Teas, Asantis Jewels, JMckinley Bags, Matrix on the Go, Rays Empanadas, and Taqueria del Valle.
“We are delighted to bring an extra touch of winter magic to New Rochelle with the introduction of a pop-up ice skating rink and Winter Carnival at Lincoln Park. We wholeheartedly believe in creating regular opportunities for interaction and family fun, fostering a shared sense of identity and strengthening the bonds within our city’s diverse neighborhoods,” said Kathleen Gill, City Manager of New Rochelle. “We look forward to opening the rink as a fun, festive, and free activity for families to enjoy the warmth and charm of New Rochelle.”
Special on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, the local New Rochelle Community Justice Center will transform the rink into a full-blown Winter Carnival. The Center invites the community to come together and build connections through fun activities such as arcade and carnival games, a bounce house, arts & crafts activities, wellness treatments, and seasonal dining offerings from local vendors and community partners.
"The New Rochelle Community Justice Center is honored to join the community and to partner on this project,” said Amanda Nathan, Project Director for the New Rochelle Community Justice Center. “We are excited for our youth participants to contribute by creating space for community members to come together and enjoy some winter fun! We are grateful to the City of New Rochelle and Councilman Peters for valuing projects that support a strong, connected, and vibrant community for all."
Throughout the calendar year, the City of New Rochelle creates, funds, and hosts a number of enriching recreational activities and public programs – from festivals, fairs and summer concerts, to seasonal and holiday events – with the goal of creating a shared sense of identity, celebrating our diversity, and strengthening community bonds.
The Lincoln Park ice rink will be open from February 17-24, 2024 from 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM, conditions permitting. CircuitNR, the City of New Rochelle’s free electric shuttle service, will provide rides to the rink within the designated service area. Free on-street parking is available around Lincoln Park. See below for a full schedule of events at the Lincoln Park ice rink. Interested parties can learn more about the event at www.newrochelleny.com/skating.
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Lincoln Park Ice Rink Hours
Saturday, February 17 thru Tuesday, February 2012:00 to 7:00 pm – public skating, music, hot chocolate, local vendors
Wednesday, February 2111:45 am – opening remarks by Councilmember David Peters and the New Rochelle Community Justice Center12:00 to 7:00 pm – public skating, music, hot chocolate, local vendors12:00 to 7:00 pm – New Rochelle Community Justice Center Winter Carnival
Thursday, February 22 thru Saturday, February 2412:00 to 7:00 pm – public skating, music, hot chocolate, local vendors
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