Now that the nippy days have at long last arrived, the first artificial ice skating rinks have already opened in some of the local parks. For those who prefer skating on natural skating rinks, these will start working as soon as the real winter pounces on the city, bringing minus temperatures and huge snow-drifts.
People can already use the 5,000 sq m Lyod (Ice) skating rink on Sokolniki Park’s Fontannaya (Fountain) Square. The skating rink’s illuminated fence and light music are expected to put skaters in a truly wonderful mood. Tickets can be bought at the entrance and anyone without skates can obtain them at a sports equipment rental centre.
Another artificial ice skating rink with an area of 1,000 sq m that has opened in the Hermitage Garden is located to the left of the main entrance where tickets are available and there’s a sports equipment rental centre too.
Anyone who doesn’t feel like paying but nevertheless wants to take to a skating rink should head straight for Tagansky Park as it’s free until the really super cold winter season sets in. Don’t forget to bring your own skates!
“Although city parks have not yet launched the winter fun-and-games season, the first artificial ice skating rinks are now up and running. Natural ice skating rinks depend on weather conditions to a greater extent and will start operating only after minus temperatures set in,” the press service of the Joint Directorate for Moscow Parks (Mosgorpark) noted.
On 15 November, another artificial ice skating rink with an area of about 1,000 sq m will start operating in the North River Terminal Park and the plus point with this place is if people bring their own skates it’s all free. On 16 November, skaters will start testing out an artificial ice skating rink with an area of over 3,000 sq m in Izmailovsky Park, with no one having to pay for the icy thrills. However, this is a one day deal only. From 17 November, there will be admission by ticket only. There will also be a sports equipment rental centre which will also open that same day.
In 2017, the city set up over 1,200 artificial ice skating rinks. Local parks had 45 skating rinks, including 23 with artificial ice. Paid skating rinks offer various discounts and benefits for visitors.