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Ice Rink Opening Exceeds All Expectations

Mayor Robart kicked off the winter season with the grand opening of the Ice Rink at Falls River Square Saturday, November 26th. Over 2,000 folks attended this spectacular day complete with great weather and an outstanding schedule of events. "The inaugural season of the outdoor ice rink was a complete success with over 16,000 people participating in last years activities, however, opening day attendance in 2005 exceeded last year by 71%," commented Susan Truby, Director of Development.

"The second annual opening of the rink surpassed all our expectations," commented Mayor Robart. "Thousands of people turned out on Saturday to skate on the rink and to enjoy the entire day with friends and family…it was a fabulous sight to see."

Peggy Hunton, an Akron resident who started coming to the rink last season, arrived again this year with her children in tow. "We've been waiting for the rink to open," said an enthusiastic Mrs. Hunton, "It's worth it to come to Cuyahoga Falls."

The day's events included an outstanding performance by the Cuyahoga Falls Community Chorus singing holiday songs for residents and guests to enjoy. The City is thankful for the time and talents presented by the chorus and hometown director, Ted Shure.

Promptly at 1:00pm, Santa Claus arrived in style on the back of a Cuyahoga Falls fire truck. Greeted by flocks of children, Santa was escorted into the Pavilion where he took his place on his grand sleigh, and for the remainder of the afternoon, visited with and had his picture taken with hundreds of children, compliments of the City.

A very special performance was given rink side at 2:30pm by the world-traveled Singing Angels as over 80 students in brightly colored outfits performed spectacular renditions of holiday classics.

At sunset, Mayor Robart, City Council members, representatives from IBEW/NECA and guests gathered to witness the lighting of the beautiful 25' Christmas tree, and exterior and interior lighting of the Pavilion. Following the tree lighting ceremony was a magnificent Disney Princess Christmas show presented by Kelly Lynch-Harter and her students. The 30-minute ice skating show featured youth ranging in ages from 7 to 16 years old.

Throughout the day, folks enjoyed treats outdoors provided by Papa John's, who will serve pizza and winter treats for the entire season. Inside the Pavilion, guests were treated with hot coffee, espresso and cappuccino drinks as well as delectable pastries provided by Habazzio's Café located on State Road. Specialty gift items were also available for purchase by the Finishing Touch Accessories.

The spectacular winter season at Falls River Square was made possible through two groups that share the City's vision in creating a true winter wonderland for the entire community to enjoy. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the National Electrical Contractors Association (IBEW/NECA) again graciously donated $25,000 to the City of Cuyahoga Falls to support the opening of the Outdoor Ice Rink at Falls River Square. The donation was used to purchase exterior lighting for the City's parking deck and to assist in the promotion of the ice rink.

Further, the City received a special gift in the form of a magnificent winter display created by Katherine's Collection, Inc. on the fireplace and hearth in the Pavilion. Katherine's Collection, located in Cuyahoga Falls, designs specialty gift items. They are known internationally for their highly creative and brilliant seasonal decorations and travel throughout the world to decorate some of the most famous windows such as Macy's and Harrod's.

For more information, contact the Development Department at (330) 971-8142 or visit the FRS Ice Rink Page.

Last changed 07/15/2011 - 9:58am by petron@cityofcf