SPOKANE, Wash. – After months of construction, the ice ribbon in downtown Spokane will open to the public on Friday night.
The City of Spokane will host a grand opening event, which starts at 5 p.m. on Friday. KREM will be there, with Tom Sherry, live for the ceremony on TV and online and as they cut the ribbon on the much-anticipated project.
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 programmed activities,” Moog said previously. “[In the winter] Nearly every day, the ice will be programmed 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.
The ice ribbon project, Moog said, cost about $10 million.
Officials said the ice ribbon is the first of five major projects within Riverfront Park. Looff Carrousel, Howard Street Bridge South, the North Bank Playground and Rotary Fountain are all on the docket, plus the big-ticket item of the redone U.S. Pavilion. The Spokane Park Board recently decided to leave the re-done U.S. Pavilion uncovered, save for a few planned shade covers.