The holiday season is officially underway at Philadelphia City Hall following the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Rothman Orthopedics ice rink. Entering its tenth year of partnership with Rothman Orthopedics, the ice rink has become a staple of Dilworth Park’s winter attractions. The ribbon cutting ceremony included a performance by Temple University’s Diamond Band, as well as a figure skating number by students of the Laura Sims Skate House in West Philadelphia. Additionally, there were words by several prominent figures in the development of this holiday destination.
“And really with this rink, we want to celebrate together. We hope many of you bring back your friends and your family,” said Rothman Orthopedics Interim CEO Ed Tufaro.
Surrounding the ice rink at Dilworth Park are local vendors and various places to get food and drink. Located directly next to the rink, the Rothman Orthopedics Cabin is a spot to relax and eat after a day of skating. The Wintergarden is a rustic winter-themed area on City Hall’s Greenfield Lawn which is set up throughout the holiday season.
“And during the holidays now, we’ve been drawing over a million people to do our park just in 4 to 5 weeks. So it’s really become a remarkable destination,” said Center City District CEO Paul Levy
Temple University is also among the sponsors for the ice rink. Temple staff and students can get $1 off admission to the ice rink if they present their Temple ID at the front. Additionally, Temple staff and students can be admitted for only $3 on Thursdays.
“To Temple University, for all that they do to support and work to make the Dilworth Park this magical, this sparkling, this wonderful destination for Philadelphians and visitors,” said Philadelphia City Representative Sheila Hess.
The ice rink and surrounding attractions at Dilworth Park are open now and will remain open until February 25th, including on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve.