Ice skating will open this weekend in downtown Jeffersonville

Nov. 21—JEFFERSONVILLE — Ice skating returns to downtown Jeffersonville this year.

This weekend, the Jeffersonville Parks Department will open a skating rink at the Depot at 701 Michigan Avenue. This is the first time in five years that the outdoor rink has opened in the city.

Amber Powell, special events manager for the city of Jeffersonville, said “the city is always thrilled to bring new activities to the community.”

“It’s been several years since we’ve had the rink, but we’re excited to bring it back,” she said.

Jeff on Ice will launch on Saturday in time for the Light Up Jeff event in downtown Jeffersonville, and it will continue through January 29. Ice skating will take place weekly from Wednesday to Sunday, and Monday and Tuesday are private rentals only.

Powell said a number of special events are planned in coordination with the rink. On Fridays, DJ Slikk will host the rink from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Santa Claus will visit on December 10 and 17 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The city is also planning pop-up events for Saturday nights, but these have yet to be announced. Powell encourages people to follow Jeffersonville Parks on Facebook and Instagram for updates on future events.

Although ticket sales are available on site, it is recommended to reserve tickets, as places are limited.

“If 60 people have already signed up, we don’t want to turn people away,” Powell said. “It’s better to book skate sessions online.”

Ice skating is $12 per ticket for all ages, and the ticket includes free skate rentals. Cash will not be accepted at the rink, and even if someone buys a ticket on site, the purchase will go through Eventbrite.

Skating sessions last 50 minutes and begin at the start of each hour. The city recommends people show up about 30 minutes before their session to strap on their skates and be ready to go.

When the city featured ice skating in previous years, it was located at the corner of Spring and Market streets. The Depot is a new venue that opened in 2021 in the NoCo Arts and Cultural District.

“It’s really great to use the new site for something as cool as the ice rink,” Powell said. “It really creates a magical backdrop for ice skating, and it’s a really good use of that space.”

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