It’s time to lace up the ice skates.

San Francisco city officials opened the T-Mobile Winter Park at Civic Center Plaza Friday morning. Four-time U.S. champion Cornell Freeney showed off his German Wheel moves and U.S. National Figure Skating 2019 Champion Alysa Liu performed to kick off The City’s official skate season.

For the second year in a row, skaters can take to the ice under Civic Center Plaza trees or inside the 100-by-60-foot rink just steps away from City Hall.

State Sen. Scott Wiener came out and took a spin around on a mini Zamboni and celebrated how something as simple as an ice rink can provide much needed escape from the stresses of daily life. 

Jerold Chinn/SFBay State Sen. Scott Wiener drives a mini Zamboni into a ribbon to officially open the T-Mobile Winter Park at Civic Center Plaza in San Francisco, Calif., on Friday, November 22,2019.

Wiener said:

“With all the political craziness and intensity in this country right now, it’s really important for people just to live our normal lives. Skating around the holidays is part of that.”

Supervisor Matt Haney, who represents the Civic Center area, said the rink is a good example of how public spaces can be used to benefit the community.

Haney said:

“What’s wonderful about this…is that everybody can enjoy it and have a good time. I’m looking forward to putting on my skates at some point and walking along the side to hold myself up.”

Jerold Chinn/SFBay State Sen. Scott Wiener welcomes the public to the T-Mobile Winter Park at Civic Center Plaza in San Francisco, Calif., on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019.

The rink will host special free admission events for children living in the Tenderloin and for Junior Giants who will be able to skate alongside Giants’ mascot Lou Seal.

General admission ticket prices range from $13 to $18, which include the cost of skate rental. The public can purchase tickets at the box office or online.

Jerold Chinn
Jerold Chinn is the San Francisco Bureau Chief of SFBay. A San Francisco native, he has spent a decade covering transportation in San Francisco. Send tips to jerold@sfbay.ca or at Twitter @Jerold_Chinn.

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