532 South Olive St,
Los Angeles, CA
Pershing Square Downtown On Ice Nov. 14, 2013 - Jan. 20, 2014
LOS ANGELES, CALIF.--Pershing Square Downtown Ice sponsored by LA Parks celebrates its 16th year in 2012-2013 season. Prices are still affordable at $8!
Downtown on Ice
532 South Olive St,
Los Angeles, CA 90013
General Admission $8
Skate Rental $2 (Figure or Hockey Skates)
Downtown on Ice outdoor skating rink, LA's biggest outdoor rink with the smallest admission price, gets underway. As an original Southland tradition and a favorite holiday destination, the community rink is open everyday November 14, 2013 through January 20, 2014. Celebrating its 16th season spectacular at picturesque Pershing Square, 532 South Olive, the facility boasts a medley of FREE events including a winter concert series, the Winter Holiday Festival (Dec. 14th, championship skating exhibitions, broomball games, and more.
Framed by towering skyscrapers and stunning historical landmarks, the spacious rink is made possible through collaboration with the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, Councilmember 14th District, and Willy Bietak Productions which handles rink operations and management. The grand opening "ice breaker" ceremony Thursday, November 14th at 11:00am featured a live performance from the star of Disney's Broadway Musical Spectacular, "The Lion King," with skating exhibitions by the LA Ice Theater, and more. Downtown on Ice at Pershing Square is easily accessible by car, bus or Metro (Pershing Square stop). A partnership with Metro and Metrolink allows riders to receive a $1 skating session discount by showing their Metro transit receipt/pass. Montebello Bus lines also feature a $1 discount coupon available on buses.
Underground discount parking is available with validation. TIMES VARY. Check website for daily times.
DOWNTOWN ON ICE: Pershing Square, 532 South Olive Street, Los Angeles 90012
November 14, 2013 - January 20, 2014 Info line: 213.624.4289
Admission: $8 per person; one-hour skating session Skate Rental: $2 (figure/hockey)
Purchase tickets at the rink or in advance at: www.pershingsquareicerink.com
Downtown on Ice 2013 Hours:
Now in its 15th year, Pershing Square's holiday ice rink returns for a season of skating, performances, games and more, all in the shadow of downtown's gleaming skyscrapers.
The biggest Los Angeles holiday outdoor ice skating rink with the smallest admission price, DOWNTOWN ON ICE, is back for another year.
Welcome to Pershing Square, an outdoor concert and event center. Located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, Pershing Square hosts an array of free programs for the downtown community.
A frosty tradition at picturesque Pershing Square is our favorite holiday destination. Each year guests discover free events including concerts, championship skating demos, and special days with all kinds of entertainment.
Sponsored by the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, and Councilmember Jan Perry (9th District), you can reach the rink by car, bus or Metro. The convenient stop at Pershing Square Station makes getting there easy. Underground discount parking is available with validation.
Pershing Square's annual holiday ice skating event returns each year with larger crowds and more fun. The annual downtown Los Angeles city event, Downtown on Ice, has become a success.
Jon Jerde studied Pershing Square to help put a positive spin on a spot that once experienced blight. In the heart of the downtown financial and work center in L.A. homeless once occupied Pershing Square, an LA Parks venue, in a not-so-tourist-friendly manner. Jerde has similarly turned city downtowns around. And while some lament the fact that the Downtown on Ice annual event does so well, yet seemingly not much else, the growing numbers of attendees make this event a great kick-start to help interest grow in a center plaza surrounded by high-rise buildings in the heart of downtown.
Constructed by an ice events management company contracted by the City of Los Angeles, the ice skating rink has grown in popularity during the 10+ years it has been around. Adding to the quality of this well-managed event is the free concert series that also attracts guests to explore. Just a jump off the Metro's Pershing Square exit, guests who take the Metro save $1 on their admission to an affordable ice attraction. Over 350,000 people attend annually.
The approx. 40-by-60-foot open-air ice rink built on a 5-acre parcel next to the civic center is designed to bring residents and tourists together, giving them something special for the holidays. The man-made ice is created with a wooden stage and metal refrigeration plates. Workers install special coils connected to a large refrigeration unit, and freeze gallons and gallons of water that are sprayed onto the plates and frozen, one layer at a time, until they form a 2-inch-thick sheet of ice. In recent years, the respected and well-known skate professional, Willy Bietak of Willy Bietak Productions, Inc., has taken the event up a few notches so that it offers even greater appeal.
With anticipation that the event will be produced for many years to come, the Parks Department has stated it looked forward to securing a long term contract with a management firm that would come in and build the temporary rink, then man and rent it with quality staff.