SPOKANE, Wash. – After months of construction, the ice ribbon in downtown Spokane opened to the public on Friday night.
The City of Spokane hosted a grand opening event, in which they held a ribbon cutting and thanked local leaders and citizens for their help in making the new attraction happen.
They used the same scissors for the ribbon cutting that previous City of Spokane officials used in 1974 to open Riverfront Park for the Expo.
"Riverfront Spokane and the River are significant focal points for the city and our strategic plan of truly highlighting this most amazing asset in our city," Mayor David Condon said. "While redeveloping this park, we’re focused on creating even greater access to the river."
Riverfront Park Director, Jon Moog, said previously the ice ribbon will be the first of its kind on the West Coast. Moog said it will be 16 feet wide and 700 feet long.
“In the summer, you’ll see roller blading, art walks and other programed activities,” Moog said previously. “[In the winter] Nearly every day, the ice will be programed with free ice skating lessons, cheap skate nights, live music, themed dress-up days – even for dogs, yoga on ice and happy hours.”
There is also a cafeteria style kitchen where they plan to serve things like hamburgers, hot dogs and pizza.
Admission to the ice ribbon will be hourly. Adults will pay $6.50 to get in while children are $4.50 per hour. Skate rentals will be $4.50 but you can bring your own.