The Huntsville Museum of Art and presenting sponsor Redstone Federal Credit Union are excited to announce the opening of the tenth season of Skating in the Park.
The outdoor ice-skating rink officially opens at 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18. A ribbon cutting will take place at 5:25 p.m. with remarks by Mayor Tommy Battle. A meet and greet with the ice sisters will take place from 5-6 p.m. and a celebratory fireworks show will begin at 5:30 p.m. The rink will be open through Jan. 8.
“For the past nine years, people of Huntsville and other surrounding areas have enjoyed Skating in the Park. This well-organized event has become a constant in our community and is something that draws locals and new visitors to take part in each year. The 10th anniversary season is a milestone that continues this holiday tradition,” said Museum Foundation Board President Hank Isenberg. “Thank you to the sponsors, the Museum Board and Staff, and the City of Huntsville for their dedication in making this community attraction a success.”
Located directly behind the Huntsville Museum of Art in Big Spring Park, Skating in the Park will be open seven days a week, including holidays. Rink hours change at different points of the season and can be found at hsvmuseum.org. Admission: $15 ages 10 and up; $10 ages 9 and under; $13 for groups of 10 or more; and $5 scooter rental. There is a $5 discount for those who bring their own skates.
“Skating in the Park brings our community together each year to celebrate the holiday season in the heart of downtown Huntsville,” said Museum Director of Development Andrea Petroff. “We are honored to host this festive annual event and look forward to celebrating our 10th season with old and new friends alike. Skating in the Park enriches our economy by bringing more people downtown to enjoy all the unique happenings in our flourishing city. There are so many incredible holiday traditions that Huntsville has to offer, and I’m ecstatic to include Skating in the Park in a group of festivities that brings so much joy to North Alabama.”
The rink will host special events throughout the season including Skate with Santa, DJ Nights presented by McDonald’s, a family-friendly New Year’s Eve, Skate with Santa, Superhero night, and more.
After skating, visitors are encouraged to come inside and warm up while viewing the Museum’s holiday exhibitions, including Donato Giancola: Adventures in Imagination, Looking at the Collection: African American Art and Artists and Encounters: John Cleaveland, Jr. Access to all exhibits is included with general museum admission.
To stay updated on all Skating in the Park events and any weather-related closings or delays, be sure to follow the Facebook or Instagram pages @SkatingInThePark.
About the Huntsville Museum of Art
The Huntsville Museum of Art is a nonprofit municipal corporation established by the City of Huntsville, Alabama, and governed by a city-appointed Museum Board. The Museum seeks to foster understanding of the visual arts and appreciation of artistic achievement. In addition to its galleries and exhibitions, the Museum offers art classes for children and adults along with special programs, lectures, and musical presentations. Rental space is also available for weddings, meetings, and other events.
About the Foundation Board at the Huntsville Museum of Art
The mission of the Foundation Board at the Huntsville Museum of Art is to secure resources necessary to expand the Museum’s influence, presence, and permanence in the community. The Foundation Board has now brought Skating in the Park to Huntsville for ten consecutive years. The 25-voting member board keeps abreast of all the Museum activities, exhibitions, and events. Additionally, the Foundation Board sponsors several opening exhibition receptions during the year.