Skate Free on New Year’s Eve
Cleveland Foundation Skating Rink in Public Square

RELEASE DATE: 12.21.2017

CLEVELAND – Looking for a fun, family-friendly  outing to bring in the New Year? The perfect hassle-free afternoon date? A low-key, high-energy friends and neighbors celebration? The Cleveland Foundation Skating Rink will be open for FREE skating from Noon – 10 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2017. The free skating offer includes skate rental and 45 minutes of skating time.

cleveland-foundation-skating-rink-2016To take advantage of this free offer, stop by the skating kiosk in Public Square beginning at 10 a.m. to pick-up free passes. Passes will be distributed for each 45 minute session chronologically until they run out. Those with passes will be required to check-in at the Cleveland Foundation Skating Rink 15 minutes before the start of their session to receive skates and prepare to enjoy the ice! A maximum of 6 passes per individual will be distributed.

This is the second FREE skate event presented by the Cleveland Foundation this holiday season. The first was during Winterfest on Nov. 25.  Passes during Winterfest were distributed in full by 5 p.m. 

“We are thrilled to once again provide a free opportunity for Greater Clevelanders to celebrate the holiday season at this iconic Cleveland location,” said Michael Murphy, Chief Marketing Officer, Cleveland Foundation. “We hope that residents and visitors can take advantage of the Cleveland Foundation Skating Rink to celebrate the end of 2017 and ring in the new year.”  

The Group Plan Commission, who programs, operates and maintains Public Square, is thankful for the contributions that the Cleveland Foundation makes to the Square. “We are very appreciative that the Cleveland Foundation provides so many opportunities for the community to enjoy the premiere public space in Cleveland, Public Square,” said Sanaa Julien, CEO, Group Plan Commission.  “This is an opportunity to celebrate being named one of the top rinks in the country by The Travel Channel and recognize that Cleveland is one of the best cities to visit, according to National Geographic Traveler.  We want both the local community and visitors in for the holiday season to create wonderful holiday memories in the heart of our city.”

For more information about the Cleveland Foundation Skating Rink, including general hours of operation and pricing, please visit


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