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The Downtown Racine Corporation’s Monument Square Ice Rink, which had its official grand opening on January 16th is now officially closed for the season. Despite multiple bouts of bad weather that caused closing, the rink had over 600 ice skaters which included 317 people that utilized the free ice skate rentals over the 9 dates they were offered.
The DRC planned several events surrounding the rink, including the Fire & Ice Festival on February 2nd which was attended by more than 1,000 community members.
Every Saturday a “Celebrities on Ice” was featured. Local celebrities that made an appearance at the rink included: Bernie Brewer, America’s Little Miss Wisconsin, Kraut Fest Queen, McGruff the Crime Dog, Sheriff’s K-9s Nox, Nitro and Murphy, several costumed princesses, Root River Rollers and Sweatshop Movement dance group.
Prior to the rink opening, the Downtown Racine Corporation asked the community to help with costs associated with the rink. Businesses that sponsored the rink this year included GLR Law Firm, DeRose Dental, CCB Technology, Racine Dental, AMI Information Systems, Johnson Bank, Dewey’s, CRB Insurance, Landmark Credit Union, Halpin Staffing Services, Connect Cell, Familia Dental, Feiner Plumbing, Lakeview Pharmacy and Sugar Shack Sweet Shoppe.
The rink was open daily from 9am – 9pm while offering free skate rentals on Fridays 4pm-8pm, Saturdays noon-4pm and Sunday 10am-2pm.
“It was heart-warming to see so many kids skating for the first time in their life. To be able to offer free skate rentals and access to a free ice rink has really brought the community together and showcased our beautiful downtown in a very positive light.” – Kelly Kruse, Executive Director, Downtown Racine Corporation”
-Kelly Kruse, Executive Director, Downtown Racine Corporation