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Mohawk Harbor ice rink to open Friday in Schenectady

Jan Noonan, left, Francis De Angelo, and Edward Harasiemowicz carry non-skid pads into place near the entrance of the ice skating rink adjacent to the River House Waterfront Apartments on Wednesday. The rink is scheduled to open this Friday with a warming tent and vendors.
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Jan Noonan, left, Francis De Angelo, and Edward Harasiemowicz carry non-skid pads into place near the entrance of the ice skating rink adjacent to the River House Waterfront Apartments on Wednesday. The rink is scheduled to open this Friday with a warming tent and vendors.

SCHENECTADY — A new outdoor ice rink at Mohawk Harbor isn’t set to open until Friday, but the attraction has been drawing interest for weeks. 

Todd Garofano, executive director of Discovery Schenectady, the county tourism group sponsoring the rink, said presale tickets have been selling steadily since the rink was announced in October and package deals with local hotels have also been popular.

“It’s been very brisk,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of people calling in.”

The 60- by 100-foot Schenectady River Rink, which sits adjacent to the harbor’s amphitheater, was built by Flight Entertainment Group of Philadelphia. The company has constructed similar rinks in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Tourism officials hope the rink will extend the tourism season that typically fizzles out during the winter months. The rink is expected to be in operation until the end of February, though a final closing date is weather permitting.

In addition to skating, a heated hospitality tent will be set up featuring food trucks, local vendors and entertainment. Live entertainment will also be available nearby at Druthers.

Beekman 1802 will be hosting a pop-up shop through the holidays and The Costumer will provide costumed characters for a 12 days of Christmas event set to kick off on Monday.

Following the holiday event, Garofano said each day at the rink will have a special theme, including a family night Wednesdays and a date night on Thursdays.

While Garofano is encouraging people to buy tickets online in advance, he said tickets will also be available to purchase in-person. Skates can also be reserved online, though those with skates can bring their own.

Tickets are available for $14.31 and skates can be rented for $11.39. Prices include service fees.

Skating will be limited to 175 at a time for safety reasons, Garofano said.

Hours of operation are:

  • Monday through Thursday: 3–9 p.m.
  • Friday from 3–10 p.m.
  • Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

“We really want this to be an annual event and grow it,” Garofano said. “We want to grow the event as well and have more of a retail component, more entertainment and things like that.”

For more information about the Schenectady River Rink or to buy tickets, visit flightonice.com.

Contact reporter Chad Arnold at: 518-410-5117 or [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter: @ChadGArnold.  

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