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Saturday, June 6, 2020

Free Ice Skating in Downtown Denver – Starting Thankgiving Weekend 2010

Downtown Denver’s Skyline Park will play host to a free outdoor ice rink starting Nov. 26, the day after Thanksgiving.  The Denver City Council approved the rink Monday during its regularly scheduled meeting. It will be downtown Denver’s first ice rink since 2002. Southwest Airlines just announced the Southwest Rink at Skyline Park, an outdoor ice rink that will kick off the holiday season by providing Mile High residents the opportunity to skate with family and friends for FREE starting November 26.  The Southwest Rink at Skyline Park will be located in what is now the grassy area in Skyline Park next to the historic Daniels and Fisher Clocktower and the newly opened Southwest Porch at Skyline Park near the intersection of 16th Street and Arapahoe. To view a blog post, visit:”  When we’ve asked Denver residents and businesses what they would like to see in Downtown Denver, an ice rink has topped the list. We’re thrilled to see this dream become a reality this winter,” said Tami Door, President and CEO of the Downtown Denver Partnership.  “Southwest Airlines’ interest in bringing their signature spirit and hospitality to the Mile High City through this venue will not only provide fun for all ages, but it will help activate a vital public space in the core of downtown.”

“It’s no secret that Southwest Airlines LUVs being part of the Denver community and we’re thrilled to be part of such a unique effort to bring Mile High residents to Downtown Denver this winter,” said Edward Shelswell White, Southwest’s Director of Marketing Performance.  “We always look for opportunities to interact with our Customers beyond the airport in a fun, meaningful way and we hope everyone is as excited to lace up their skates as we are.  We thank the Downtown Denver Partnership for all of their efforts in this endeavor and are grateful for our ongoing collaboration.”

The first skating rink in downtown Denver opened in 1957 in Zeckendorf Plaza at 16th and Court, and was a holiday tradition for the community for many years. Skyline Park’s first ice rink was open in 2001 and 2002, but closed for the park’s remodeling.  Opening November 26, the Southwest Rink at Skyline Park will be free to the public with the option to bring skates or rent a pair at a minimal cost.  Refreshments will be available at the nearby Southwest Porch at Skyline Park as part of a special winter menu.

This summer, Southwest Airlines provided support for the Downtown Denver Partnership’s free outdoor summer events in Skyline Park, including the Saturday evening movie series and the Friday afternoon concert series


One Response to “Free Ice Skating in Downtown Denver – Starting Thankgiving Weekend 2010”
  1. Barbara says:

    would love to find out how I can arrange some time or find out the sessions to bring my students, who are blind and visually impaired, and their families to the skating rink. We would love to plan a Saturday in December. Possibly Saturday December 11th? Please give me a call 303-349-7661 or email me at
    Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you in the very near future.
    Barb Galgano