Free ice skating during Winterfest thanks to the Cleveland Foundation

RELEASE DATE 11.1.2018

CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Foundation will provide free ice skating on the Cleveland Foundation Skating Rink to Winterfest participants as part of this year’s celebration. 

This is the third consecutive year the Cleveland Foundation has supported Winterfest by offering free ice skating for guests. Free ice skating tickets will be distributed in Public Square on the morning of November 24th beginning at 7 AM until passes run out.

“Winterfest is a terrific annual Cleveland tradition that brings residents and visitors from all over the region to the heart of downtown Cleveland – our Public Square,” said Michael Murphy, Chief Marketing Officer, Cleveland Foundation. “We are proud to kick off the holiday season by providing free skating during this event, celebrating the opening of the Cleveland Foundation Skating Rink. We applaud the work of the Group Plan Commission as it continues to keep Public Square activated through quality and engaging events for families throughout the year.”

The free ice skating sessions are each 45 minutes long, with the first session beginning at 8 AM with the last session beginning at 10 PM. Each session will have 150 tickets available. Tickets include free skate rental. Those with passes will be required to check-in at the Cleveland Foundation Skating Rink 15 minutes before the start of their session. 

“We are grateful to the Cleveland Foundation for providing free skating during Winterfest for the third year.  The Cleveland Foundation’s commitment to free, interactive programming in Public Square is unmatched during the skating season and throughout the year. More than 3,250 children enjoyed free daily activities throughout the Summer during Summer Splash in the Square presented by The Cleveland Foundation. More than 2,000 people will have the opportunity to skate for free during Winterfest.  The Cleveland Foundation continues to make it possible for our community to enjoy Cleveland’s premier public park.” said Sanaa Julien, Chief Executive Officer, Group Plan Commission.

Winterfest 2018 is presented by Huntington Bank and the Downtown Cleveland Alliance.

Guests will enjoy free ice skating in the Cleveland Foundation Skating Rink, live song and dance, great food, and the epic lighting of the official holiday tree in Downtown Cleveland. A fireworks show will immediately follow the lighting program.

About the Cleveland Foundation: Established in 1914, the Cleveland Foundation is the world’s first community foundation and one of the largest today, with assets of $2.45 billion and 2017 grants of more than $101 million. Through the generosity of donors, the foundation improves the lives of residents of Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties by building community endowment, addressing needs through grantmaking and providing leadership on vital issues. The foundation tackles the community’s priority areas – education and youth development, neighborhoods, health and human services, arts and culture, and economic development – and responds to the community’s needs.
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