Ice Skating returns to Railroad park this weekend with Red Diamond Coffee and Tea presenting, Brrrmingham!
The 50’ by 80’ rink has 500 more square feet than last year’s rink, creating a roomier skating experience. Just as last year, the rink will be positioned on the brick surface on Railroad Park’s Regions Bank 17th Street Plaza. The rink opens Saturday, November 25 and will remain open seven days a week through January 1, only closing on Christmas Day.
Hours of operation for the rink are 11am to 9pm Sunday through Thursday, 10am to 10pm Friday and Saturday.
Tickets including skate rental cost $12 for adults, $10 for children under 12 and may be purchased at the rink. Tickets are valid for the entire day. Individuals are welcome to bring their own skates. The group rate for 20 or more skaters is $9 per person. Season passes are available, as well.
“When a guy proposed to his girlfriend on the first day the rink was open last year, we knew we had something special,” said Camille Spratling, Executive Director, Railroad Park Foundation. “The community really made us a part of their traditions. People had their birthday parties here and their holiday parties. It was a treat to see everyone come together in a new way here at Railroad Park. Thanks to everyone’s support, we’re able to bring the rink back even bigger this year, with enhancements on and off the ice to create a more memorable experience.”
“Ice skating in Railroad Park will be a holiday tradition for years to come, and we are proud to be a part of that tradition,” said Bill Bowron, President and CEO of Red Diamond Coffee and Tea. “We’re big fans of anything that brings people together like this. When we consider our region’s revitalization over the last decade, we speak in terms of business development and job growth.
But we also speak of enhanced quality of life that spreads throughout our communities. An outdoor ice rink inside an award-winning green space in the middle of the city is a tangible reminder of the growth around us.”
The Boxcar Cafe will be open, serving warm and delicious meals to anyone joining in the fun this winter, as well as hot Red Diamond coffee. Homemade, secret recipe hot chocolate and white hot chocolate top the drinks menu, along with classic hot apple cider and Red Diamond tea. Hot entrees like chicken & sausage gumbo, chili, and Creole pimento grilled cheese will keep skaters warm off the rink. New this year, the Boxcar Café will serve breakfast on weekends, including breakfast sandwiches, shrimp and grits, and grits bowls filled with a choice of Conecuh sausage, cheese, and eggs. In addition to the Boxcar, on Saturdays various Birmingham food trucks will serve at Railroad Park.
In partnership with the Pelham Ice Rink, there will be free ice skating lessons each Saturday morning and skating demonstrations each Sunday afternoon. Every Wednesday from 11am to 1pm is the Viva Health Lunch Break Skate, with $2 off each ticket for those who join in for a midday skate. Every Monday will be Mommy & Me and Daddy & Me at the rink, with $2 off the price of a ticket for parents skating with children. Follow Railroad Park on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates on additional special events throughout the season.
Party packages are available for birthday parties, holiday parties, and corporate gatherings at the rink. To schedule an event or book group tickets, call Railroad Park’s office at 205.521.9933 or email email@example.com.