Everyone in Dallas-Fort Worth has spent four days slipping and sliding on the ice that has coated the region, so it's only logical that, just as the ice starts to melt, Klyde Warren Park will finally introduce its long buzzed-about ice skating rink on Friday, December 13.
We kid, of course; it's purely coincidence that the deck park would choose this of all times to tempt people with the fun entertainment option, because it's been in the works for months.
Besides, the park isn't even bringing in real ice: The 32-by-100-foot skating rink, which will be placed on the lawn in front of the children’s park, is made out of a synthetic ice skating surface called Super-Glide. The eco-friendly surface lets skaters glide just as smoothly as on real ice.
The other benefit of a synthetic skating surface is that skaters can enjoy it no matter if it's 20 degrees or 70 degrees, which is a real possibility given Texas' mercurial weather.
The rink is scheduled to be open December 13 through February 2. Hours are Monday-Thursday, 11 am-8 pm; Friday-Saturday, 10 am–10 pm; and Sunday, noon-6 pm. Anyone who owns ice skates can use the rink for free; skate rentals are $5 per person on weekdays and $10 on weekends.
Park officials will celebrate the opening of the rink with free skate rentals on December 13 and free skating lessons on December 14-15. Additionally, skating will be free every Tuesday thanks to a sponsorship from El Centro College.