SPOKANE, Wash. - In just over a year and to the tune of $10 million, Riverfront Park's ice ribbon has gone from renderings to a brick and mortar reality. The official opening date of the ice ribbon will be December 8th at 5 p.m.
"I think it is cool," said resident Whitney Jones. "It is just another unique thing that Spokane has."
According to the city, the ice ribbon would be the first of its kind in the west.
During the next month, construction workers will continue installing dashers around the 700 foot long 16 foot long ribbon, which also comes with a wider pond for more casual skating.
There will also be three fire pits, accessible from the ice.
According to city officials, the entire ribbon will hold around 300 people.
Finishing touches will need to be done to the main rotunda before the grand opening, which in completion will have tables for dining, rooms for parties and enough room for 200 people.
There will also be lockers and a skate rental shop in the rotunda.
Winter plans for the ice ribbon include family oriented programming in addition to some more unique options.
"Everyday the ice will be programmed with free ice skating lessons, cheap skate nights, live music and dress-up days," said Riverfront Park Director Jon Moog. "There will also be ice yoga and happy hours."
He also outlined that during the warmer months the ribbon will be used for art walks, roller blading and amusement rides.
Tickets will be sold for hourly use, and will run adults $6.50 and children $4.50. You can bring skates, but can also rent them for $4.50.
The ribbon will be open Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m and Friday and Saturday until 10 p.m.
The city also revealed a new brand and new logo to accompany the announcement. Spokane Starts Here is the official new tagline of Riverfront Park, which represents the connection between the past and present and shows that for many, Spokane starts at Riverfront Park.