FARMINGTON, MI (December 15, 2014).  City officials in downtown Farmington recognize that there is something nostalgic and just plain fun about an outdoor ice skating rink situated in a quaint downtown. Last year, the community opened a 4,800-square-foot refrigerated ice rink in the heart of its downtown.

The Riley Park Ice Rink operates daily on most cold-weather days. Riley Park is located in downtown Farmington on Grand River Avenue, just east of Farmington Road. Hours of operation are Sunday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. until 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 8:30 a.m. until 11 p.m. There is a charge of $2 per person or $5 per family during peak hours, which are Fridays, 6-9 p.m.; Saturdays, noon until 8 p.m.; and Sundays, noon until 5 p.m. Skating is free during non-peak times. Skate rentals will be provided by D&D Bicycle & Hockey.

“An activity for families, kids, groups of friends or couples, ice skating is great for everyone at every age,” said Melissa Andrade, chair of the ice rink committee. “Having the rink in our Riley Park makes Downtown Farmington an all-season destination. The rink is nestled among warm and welcoming restaurants, unique boutiques, and a Starbucks.”

Andrade explained that Riley Park is home to the popular Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market, Rhythmz in Riley Park and the beloved Harvest Moon Celebration during the warmer months.

The ice rink opened in 2013 thanks to a major contribution of $100,000 from the Riley Foundation. Many other local businesses contributed to the opening of the rink including Wright Beamer, Dagwood’s Deli, S3 Architecture, John Cowley and Sons Irish Pub and OHM Advisors. The community also rallied around this Currier and Ives-like outdoor feature – more than $10,000 was donated by area residents.    The volunteer-based ice rink committee is on a mission to raise another $200,000 in funding for the rink. Moneys collected will go toward ongoing maintenance, marketing and other care for the ice rink.

Please come out and skate with us this winter at Riley Park Ice Rink, then be stay and warm up in the downtown.