Newport Skating Center
Newport Skating Center

It’s the last month of the season to enjoy ice skating at the Newport Skating Center, and may be your last chance ever to skate the rink at its current location on the Newport Yachting Center property.

The property owner, The Peregrine Group, unrolled plans for developing the property last fall and is scheduled to begin work later this year, pending permit approvals. The plans include a new hotel, restaurant, public park and retail pods.

“If they don’t break ground on the project in the fall of 2017, we’ll be back in this location next winter,” said Michele Maker Palmieri, President & CEO of Waterfront Productions which operates the Newport Skating Center. “If work does begin in the fall, we’ll relocate,” she said.

Palmieri said the goal is to keep the skating center in Newport if possible, and relocation spots being looked at are an area near the Newport Visitor Center or another location within the Peregrine Group property. More details about the possibility of relocation should come out this spring, when information on permitting comes through.

If you love Newport Skating Center and want to make sure it stays in Newport, make sure your voice is heard. “Get in touch with City Council and let them know you want to see the rink continue,” Palmieri said.

In the meantime, you can enjoy skating at Newport Skating Center until it closes for the season on February 28th. Tonight, February 2nd, Salve Regina students can skate for free when they show their Salve I.D. Skating hours will be extended from February 18th-26th for school vacation week, and don’t miss Saturday Night Fever/Disco Night on February 25th. A food drive for the Martin Luther King Jr Community Center is running throughout the month, and you can receive $1 off admission when you donate a healthy, non-perishable food item.  Learn more about February events at Newport Skating Center here

Stay tuned to WhatsUpNewp for more information on plans for Newport Skating Center in the coming months.