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Downtown Denver Rink

A family skating in an outdoor skating rink

It seems like just yesterday that the Downtown Denver Rink opened its doors to the public, but the season is nearly over now with less than a month’s worth of fresh ice left to enjoy. This local hotspot is nearby the off campus housing at CU Denver, making it worth one more skating session before the season comes to a close. Here’s what you need to know before you go.

Rink Hours

Now in its 9th season, the Downtown Denver Rink provides free ice-skating sessions to the public seven days a week. So, you can head over anytime your schedule allows. The rink stays open until February 3rd this year. While that’s less than a month away, the ability to skate any day of the week provides plenty of opportunities.

From now until the 3rd, the rink’s hours are as follows:

  • Monday through Thursday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Sunday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Rental Costs

Your skate session is entirely free if you bring your own pair of skates, but you will have to rent a pair otherwise. Luckily, the cost of rentals is incredibly cheap. Adults 13 and older are charged $8 per rental with rentals for children 12 and under costing only $6.

If you plan to do a lot of skating, then you might want to weigh the cost of rentals to the price of a season pass. For any adult (12 and up) a season pass costs $50. If you plan on skating more than 6 times, it makes sense to save money by purchasing the pass.

Special Events

Even with the holidays over, there are still a number of special events to look forward to. Each are pretty self-explanatory, and are on the following dates:

  • January 11th – Hustlin’ to the 70s with DJ Nunez
  • The 18th – Dancin’ to the 80s with DJ Tanastadi
  • The 25th – Rockin’ out to the 90s with DJ Chonz
  • February 1st – Groovin’ to the 50s and 60s with DJ Chonz

There is also a glow-in-the-dark silent disco on Saturday, January 5th. The event lasts from 4 to 7 p.m. and is hosted by SoundDown Party, a local business in Denver. Expect light shows, LED performers, and a ton of unique displays while you sip on hot cocoa or skate.

Private Parties

You can book a private event at the Downtown Denver Ice Rink for you and your friends, giving you exclusive access. All private parties and events are held outside of normal business hours, which means you’ll be skating under the lights at night. The rink provides music, too.

You will need to bring your own food and drinks to the party, but keep in mind that alcohol is not allowed. The cost to book an event is $500 per hour with a $250 deposit due at the time of booking. That includes skate rentals for the first 25 guests.

Frequently Asked Questions

As always, there are a number of questions people ask about the rink. Here are answers to a few of the most frequent according to the rink’s website page on Downtown Denver Partnership.

The rink tries to stay open as often as possible. In the event of heavy snow, they may need to delay opening to clean off the rink. If conditions are unsafe, it will be shut down. You can call 303-825-6787 for weather and delay updates.

There are three parking garages nearby on Lawrence Street. You can choose from Writer’s Square, the Tabor Center, or 1515 Arapahoe Building.

These are the following size skates available:

  • Double-bladed children’s skates run from size 8 to 13.
  • Singe bladed child’s skates go from size 9 to 13.
  • Junior skates range from 1 to 4.
  • Adult skates range in size from 5 to 14.

  • Skating lessons are offered, just in case you want to hone your skills or need a little refresher.

  • Lockers are available to hold your items while you skate, but you will need a valid ID to rent one.

  • You’re allowed to bring food and drinks, just nothing alcoholic.

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