Ice skating coming to Whitewater Center — will include “skate-up” bar serving craft beer and hot chocolate

Ice skating coming to Whitewater Center — will include “skate-up” bar serving craft beer and hot chocolate
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The U.S. National Whitewater Center is debuting ice skating with a skate-up bar and a half-mile walking trail of light installations for the winter months. Expect a mid-November opening.

It’s a smart move to get people outside and to the Whitewater Center when it’s cold.

“Ice Skating and Lights will provide more opportunities for the community to stay engaged. Whitewater’s goal is to continue to promote the active lifestyle and we’ll keep developing programming to get people moving,” Jesse Hyde, the center’s director of marketing and strategy, told the Agenda.

Ice Skating: The ice skating rink includes 17,000 square feet of ice on the Upper Pond of the whitewater river, and it’ll have three areas (free skate, winter sports and a 600-foot ice trail).

The skating area will also have a skate-up bar where you can buy craft beer, hot chocolate and coffee. Skate rentals are included but you need to bring your own socks.

Lights: This isn’t your typical Christmas light show. The half-mile walking trail will feature immersive light installations by Charlotte artist Meredith Connelly.

The walking trail is through the forest, and the light installations will be inspired by nature (think: honeycombs, vines, crystals).

“We’re excited to merge the natural environment with artistic interpretations of elements we see in the forest every day,” Jesse said. “Meredith and our team are creating some really compelling installations and I think this will be a unique way for the public to get outside.”

Cost: Lights and ice skating can be accessed through an Annual Pass (kids 9 and under $189, $219 adults ages 10+), Day Pass ($59) or Single Activity Pass ($20).

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Whitewater Center installation

Images courtesy of the U.S. National Whitewater Center

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