By Denise Ortuno Neil
Ah the beauty of winter, snow falling, kids all buddle up in their cold weather ware all ice skating outdoors in holiday delight. Ok, now picture the holiday outdoor ice skating without the snow, and maybe kids wearing shorts instead of bulky winter ware, and maybe 80 degree weather. If you can picture all of that, then you have the right idea of what The Rink at The River in Rancho Mirage will look like this holiday season from November 22nd, through January 8th 2017. The popular shopping center is bringing the desert some winter wonderland fun, right before our eyes.
Ice skating in the Coachella Valley is not a new idea. I recall participating in indoor ice skating at the Town Center Mall (now Westfield Shopping Mall) when I was a kid in the 80’s, and most recently at Ice Castles in Cathedral City, although admittedly not as proficiently as when I was younger. But outdoor ice skating in the desert? That is something very special and unique indeed.
The Rink at The River sponsored by Renova Solar, will be positioned in the water area on the west side of the Cheesecake Factory, in the vicinity of Acqua California Bistro. The 50 by 70ft rink will be complete with skate rentals and even lessens for those not used to gliding around on ice. The water is frozen within the built platform and is chilled by a huge 24 by 8ft chiller. Something like you would find in your ice box, but heck of lot bigger.
The Rink is an Atmospheric rink, as described by The Rivers Director of Programming and Marketing, Tammy Pshebylo, “It is straight for ambience, you couldn’t play hockey on it for instance” said Pshebylo. However, what winter thirsty attendees can do, is skate around and enjoy a little holiday fun smack dab in the middle of the Coachella Valley. Fun!!
The Rink will offer skating during the day and at night seven days a week. There will be special events including the Grand Opening on Tuesday, November 22, as well as a Holiday Spectacular and Tree Lighting ceremony on Tuesday, November 29th, plus many others.
The Rink at The River is certainly a special treat for us this holiday season in the Coachella Valley, where we can slap on a pair of skates, and tootle around the ice, all while wearing shorts! Cheers to a very Happy Holiday Season at The River in Rancho Mirage!
For more information visit www.theriveratranchomirage.com
Photo credit to www.theriveratranchomirage.com