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This story was originally published on December 12th, it has been updated with new information.
The City of Newport will not go without an outdoor ice skating rink this winter after all.
Miller Orians, a publicist for Gurney’s, provided What’s Up Newp with the following information on the skating rink on December 18th and shared that he’s hopeful that will open this week;
“This winter, skate by the sea at Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina, as the luxury seaside resort adds an ice rink to its expansive North Lawn. Open from December until February, guests and locals alike can glide across the ice while taking in unobstructed views of the famed Newport Bridge and Newport Harbor Lighthouse, decorated for the festive season.
Warm up post-skate with Gurney’s Aprés-Skate Menu at the Regent Cocktail Lounge, offering food items like classic cheese fondue, chili cornbread and stout braised short rib poutine, and cocktails like Naughty Hot Chocolate, Spiked Cider, Mexican Coffee and a Fig Cosmo. For kids, the Aprés-Skate menu includes classics like mac n’ cheese, grilled cheese and chicken tenders with fries.
The ice rink at Gurney’s Newport is open daily for guests, visitors and locals from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults and skate rentals are $5″.
As What’sUpNewp first wrote about back on September 10th, the Newport Skating Center that has called the Newport Yachting Center Home has ceased operation. At first, we reported that the closure of the skating center for the next few seasons was due to the construction of the Hammets Wharf Hotel. But, our discussion in October with Colin Kane from Peregrine Group confirmed that a skating center had a home on the property during construction, but there was no skating rink or operator at the time.
Gurney’s, in their application to amplify music for the skaters, states in their letter to City Council that the rink will operate from December 17th – February 28th. (Note – it does not have an official opening date just yet).
This story will be updated as more information and news of an opening date is received.