Downtown on Ice at Pershing
Square Los Angeles Ice Skating
November 19, 2009 - January
Los Angeles --The
biggest Los Angeles holiday outdoor ice skating
rink with the smallest admission price, DOWNTOWN
ON ICE, celebrating its 12th spectacular season
at Pershing Square, 532 South Olive Street, Los
Angeles, CA 90013, open everyday Thursday,
November 19, 2009 through Monday, January 18,
2010. A spacious rink nestled amid skyscrapers
and historical landmarks includes a winter
concert series, Winter Holiday Festival,
championships skating exhibitions, and more.
aree: The LA City Department of Recreation &
Parks, Councilmember Jan Perry (9th Dist.)
WHEN/WHERE: November 19, 2009 through January
Pershing Square, downtown at 532 South Olive,
across from the Millennium Biltmore Hotel
HOURS OF OPERATION/ADMISSION: One hour session:
$6 Skate rental: $2
*General schedule: Monday -Thursday 12:00p.m. -
10:00p.m. Fri/Sat/Sun 10:00a.m. - 10:00p.m.
*Special Extended Holiday Hours 10:00a.m. –
10:00p.m. (Dec. 18, 2009 – Jan. 10, 2010)
*Open every day, special hours apply on
Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Day, MLK Day
TRANSPORTATION: Easily accessible by bus or
rail, exit at Pershing Square Station. Metro and
Metrolink allows riders to receive a $1 skating
session discount by showing a coupon available
on all mass transit lines.
Pershing Square offers underground parking at a
discount with ice skating validation.
FREE WINTER CONCERT SERIES: Wednesday nights
“Spaceland on Ice” 8:00p.m. – 10:00p.m.; select
Thursday nights “Rock Around the Rink” concerts
8:00p.m. – 10:00p.m.; Friday nights 8:00 p.m. –
10:00p.m. Rock ‘n’ Roll; Saturdays Youth Fun
Series 1:00p.m.- 3:00p.m: Sunday Family Series
2:00p.m. – 4:00p.m. (Tuesday/Thursday lunchtime
concerts during extended holiday hours) *Check
website for updates
FREE WINTER HOLIDAY FESTIVAL (Weekend of
December 12-13; 11:00am. - 6:00p.m.)
Snow party for sledding and romping, “make &
take” children’s crafts, Community youth
performances, miniature train village, puppet
shows, photo mementos, and more. Rink available
for holiday skating (admission required).
MOMMIE AND ME STROLLER SKATE SESSION: Moms and
babies share outdoor fun Tuesdays 10:00am to
11:00am; Dec. 1, Dec. 8, Dec, 15, Jan. 12. (Moms
skate and push babies in their strollers on the
INFO: Pershing Square Hotline 213/ 847-4970 or
visit laparks.org (click on Pershing
Square/Downtown on Ice)
Over the past decade, Pershing Square has become
the number one winter destination for families,
thanks to the sponsorship of the Downtown
community, the City of Los Angeles Department of
Recreation and Parks and Councilmember Jan Perry
Even a Grinch couldn’t help but enjoy skating
under the sun and stars in the heart of Los
Angeles. Now a holiday tradition for
Southlanders, the vast bedeckled outdoor oasis
is framed by towering skyscrapers, trees and
stunning historic landmarks.
Pershing Square's annual holiday ice skating event
returns each year with larger crowds and more fun.
The annual downtown Los Angeles city event, Downtown
on Ice, has become a success, and offers hope for
bigger things to come.
Jon Jerde studied the
Pershing Square situation to help put a positive
spin on a spot that once experienced blight. In the
heart of the downtown financial and work center in
L.A. homeless once occupied Pershing Square, an LA
Parks venue, in a not-so-tourist-friendly manner.
Jerde has similarly turned city downtowns around.
And while some lament the fact that the Downtown on
Ice annual event does so well, yet seemingly not
much else, the growing numbers of attendees make
this event a great kick-start to help interest grow
in a center plaza surrounded by high-rise buildings
in the heart of downtown.
Constructed by an ice
events management company contracted by the City of
Los Angeles, the ice skating rink has grown in
popularity during the 10+ years it has been around.
Adding to the quality of this well-managed event is
the free concert series that also attracts guests to
explore. Just a jump off the Metro's Pershing Square
exit, guests who take the Metro save $1 on their
admission to an affordable ice attraction. Over
350,000 people attend annually.
approx. 40-by-60-foot open-air ice rink
built on a 5-acre parcel next to the
civic center is designed to bring
residents and tourists together, giving
them something special for the holidays.
The man-made ice is created with a
wooden stage and metal refrigeration
plates. Workers install special coils
connected to a large refrigeration unit,
and freeze gallons and gallons of water
that are sprayed onto the plates and
frozen, one layer at a time, until they
form a 2-inch-thick sheet of ice. In
recent years, the respected and
well-known skate professional, Willy
Bietak of Willy Bietak Productions,
Inc., has taken the event up a few
notches so that it offers even greater
anticipation that the event will be
produced for many years to come, the
Parks Department has stated it looked
forward to securing a long term contract
with a management firm that would come
in and build the temporary rink, then
man and rent it with quality staff.
Where to stay:
One of the most popular L.A. hotels near the venue
Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles.
Other hotels in the downtown region include the
popular uniquely positioned glass building, the
Westin Bonaventure hotel. Check out their
weekend rates, which can drop over $70 per night, as
this hotel excels in business travel, but when the
business crowd goes homes, that leaves weekend
generally better suited for vacation travelers.