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Vancouver — By thevancouverguide on November 27, 2009 at 2:11 pm

Sharpen Your Skates and Head for Robson Square’s New Ice Rink

DSC09920After nine years of waiting, at last the new Robson Square ice rink has reopened.  General Electric has spent over $1.6 million over the past three years restoring the popular rink  at Howe and Robson St.  The glass domed G.E. Ice Plaza will be one of the central location “Free Sites” for public celebrations during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

I went down for a look this week and was pleasantly surprised at this beauty of the mid-city venue. I’ve always loved skating and wished I’d planned to stop for a whiz around the oval.  You can skate free if you bring  your own skates, but its only $3 to rent a pair, and kids under 12 can rent for free.  Helmets, required for kids under 12, are $2.00

The Ice Plaza is  beautiful, with blue and lilac lights glowing over the ice.  I was there just as it was growing dark, late afternoon, and it was so pretty under the big domes, all sparkly and festive.  Spotlights in the shapes of stars and snowflakes are shone onto the ice for added atmosphere during the evening skate time.

DSC09924It’s a great family-oriented venue, especially for people living downtown, but there’s easy access to the rink from any BC Transit bus that goes along Robson or Howe St., stopping right by Robson Square.

The free public skating will continue daily from noon to 9 pm until the startr o the 2010 Winter Games in February.  the new plaza will also feature live concerts.

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  • Steve Mirsky says:

    You are so lucky to be living in Vancouver! Best part is that you can take part in winter sports like ice skating but not be immersed in it like you would be in a place like say Calgary or Toronto

  • Ruth Kozak says:

    Thanks for the comment, Steve. Yes, we are lucky to have all the winter sports near at hand here. We do get snow in winter but it isn’t long-lasting like other parts of Canada. And this new rink is really aa boon to the folks here. I’m planning to go skating there myself soon!

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