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James City County’s ice rink “Iceburg” opens today, located at Mid County Park next to Kidsburg playground.
The rink returns for its second year in Mid County Park, following last year’s switch from its previous New Town location.
Iceburg is the Peninsula’s only synthetic ice rink, according to a recent news release from James City County. It is made up of plastic panels that fit together to create a surface similar to real ice, but without the use of water.
The Mid County Park website touts synthetic ice reduces the risk of injury from falls, as it only allows for about 65 percent of the speed of real ice.
Visitors to Iceburg can bring their own skates or rent a pair at the rink. Other amenities include a heated viewing area with bleachers and easy access to picnic tables, restrooms and Kidsburg playground.
In addition to setting a festive mood with music and appearances by Glacier to Polar Bear, Iceburg will also host numerous theme nights throughout its season. A calendar of events can be found here.
Several shelters and a party room are also available to rent for private parties and events.
Iceburg is one of two ice rinks gracing the Historic Triangle this winter, as it is joined by Colonial Williamsburg’s new “Liberty’s Ice Pavilion,” a real-ice alternative to Iceburg’s synthetic ice rink.
The rink will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays now through Jan. 31. Friday hours are 5 to 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday hours are noon to 9 p.m. Winter Break hours, which run from Dec. 21 through Jan. 1., are daily from noon to 9 p.m.
Resident admission to Iceburg is $7 for adults, $5 for children five and up and free for children under five. Different rates apply for non-residents and can be found here.
Season passes are available at rates of $50 for families, $30 for adults and $25 for children 5 and up.