Skating coming to City Park for Thanksgiving Weekend

A skating rink similar to the one above will be coming to Salisbury City Park for Thanksgiving Weekend.

It’s a traditional American winter scene – an ice skating rink in a natural setting bright with Christmas lights.

That’s the plan for City Park on Thanksgiving weekend, the annual beginning of Winter Wonderland, the community festival of lights.

This year, before the entertainment, arrival of Santa Claus and flipping the light switch, the skating rink will open, as well as a European-style Christmas Marketplace offering holiday decorations and gifts.

“We’re expanding our Winter Wonderland experience,” said Mike Dunn, President & CEO of the Greater Salisbury Committee, one of the three partners in the holiday design.

Thanks to the sponsorship of Pohanka Salisbury, and association among the city of Salisbury, Greater Salisbury Committee and Wyatt’s Warriors, the skating rink, on the north end of the footbridge off the walking path, will be open the Saturday and Sunday after Thanksgiving.

On Friday night, there will be an invitation-only event at the park.

The skating rink will be open from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

The cost will be $5 for 20 minutes. Skates will be available as part of the cost.

Yes. Skate rentals come as part of the ice rink. The company we’ve hired to bring the ice rinks, brings the skates.

Skates will be rented by Wyatt’s Warriors Foundation, for $5 for a 20 minute skate.

 

Last year, Wyatt’s Warriors — formed by Jen Shipe after her infant son died in 2015 and with the mission of raising money to help families enduring difficult times — purchased a 50-foot tree from the town of Ocean City. It will shine on the other side of the river from the ice rink. Other trees in the park will be lit from the ground, up.

At 5 p.m. Saturday, there will be entertainment on stage at City Park and the Winter Wonderland lights will be turned on at 6 p.m.

Feet of Fire will perform, as well as Amp Music Group and the Wicomico Middle School Steppers. Photos with Santa will be free and there will hot chocolate and food vendors.

“We are getting the ice for the skating rink from a company called Artificial Ice Events in Massachusetts. The surface is similar to the surface of the ice rink at The Carousel (in Ocean City),” Dunn explained.

After a subfloor is built, technicians will install the 30-foot-by-40-foot rink at the park.

“We will try it one weekend this year. If it goes well, maybe we’ll have it every weekend. The Greater Salisbury Committee came up with the idea of partnering with Wyatt’s Warriors and we are thrilled to make this a family friendly holiday experience happen. This might be the first ice skating rink to come to Salisbury. We’re thrilled to be a partner,” Dunn said.

Shipe, chairwoman of the event, said organizers are “really excited that Wyatt’s Warriors is able to provide anything like this in the park that all families are going to enjoy.”

Reach Susan Canfora at scanfora@newszap.com.

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