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Fountain Square Ice Rink

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The O’Keeffe’s Ice Rink Presented by Fifth Third Bank

RINK STATUS LINE: 513-381-0782

Fountain Square Ice Rink is an outdoor ice arena that takes over Fountain Square from Halloween through Presidents’ Day of each year. The venue features admissions and rental tents with 600 pairs of skates; a full service bar and concessions tent with hot and cold snacks, and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages available during all rink hours; 60’ warming tent/viewing platform with benches, tables and chairs, and an ice-resurfacer with storage tent for easy on/off access to ice and 15-minute cleaning time.

Ice Rink Hours of Operation

Pre-Holiday Hours (Oct 28 – Dec 15)
Monday – Thursday: 12p to 10p
Friday: 12p to 11p
Saturday: 9a to 11p
Sunday: 9a to 9p

Exceptions:
Tuesday, November 8: 9a to 11p (Election Day)
Friday, November 11: 9a to 11p (Veteran’s Day)
Wednesday-Sunday, November 23-27: 9a to 11p (Thanksgiving Holiday Break)

Holiday Hours (December 16 – Jan 2)
Monday – Sunday: 9a to 11p
Exceptions:
** Saturday, December 31: 9a to 1a for New Years Eve
**Monday, January 2: 9a to 5p

Post-Holiday Hours (Jan 3 – Feb 20)
Monday – Thursday: 12p to 5p
Broomball: 6p to 10p

Friday- Sunday 12p to 9p
Exceptions:
Monday, February 20th from 9a to 9p (President’s Day)

Pre-Season, Holiday Season, and Post-Season hours with programmed events include but are not limited to Costume Contest, Halloween Ice Party, After School Special, Meet Your Match Monday, Bowling on Ice, Watch It/Wear It Wednesdays, College Night, Turkey Bowl, Light Up the Square, Santa Skates, Dazzle, New Year’s Eve Blast, Radio Skates, Throwback Skates, Family Skates, Broomball Leagues, Mascot Broomball, and Valentine’s Day Skate With Your Date.

Amenities include skate rental, lockers, benches, and concessions options. Nearby restaurants and coffee shops include Panera, Graeter’s, Servatii’s, Starbucks, Chipotle, Potbelly Sandwich Works, Palomino, Via Vite, Ingredients, McCormick & Schmick’s, Morton’s, and Rock Bottom Brewery.

The ice rink is available for private rental and groups. See below for information.

Cost: $6.00 admission and $4.00 skate rental. Payable by cash or credit card (Visa/MasterCard/AmEx). 

Children under 55 inches must be accompanied by an adult while on the ice. Admission and skate rental close one hour before the rink closes. Times are subject to change due to weather or special events. Although the rink can stay cold up to about 60 degrees air temperature in dry weather, warm temperatures with high humidity or rain can make the rink unskatable and cause it to be closed temporarily. Please call 513.381.0782 or visit www.myfountainsquare.com for rink status.

PARKING

Parking in the Fountain Square Garage makes access easy and affordable, and with so many shops and restaurants within a few blocks, Fountain Square is a popular winter destination. Convenient, affordable parking is also available just one block away at the new 84.51° Garage.

RESURFACING

Every 2 to 3 hours, skaters must clear the ice for 15-20 minutes while the rink is resurfaced.

LYKINS ENERGY SOLUTIONS WARMING TENT

The Lykins Energy Solutions Warming Tent is available for birthday parties, corporate events, holiday parties, private rentals and group outings or for anyone who just wants to have a party. To make a reservation or to inquire about availability, please contact Andrea Hawkins at AHawkins@3cdc.org. CLICK HERE for additional rental information.

CONCESSIONS

Need to refuel after an afternoon of skating? Stop by Fountain Square’s Concessions for a hot drink, snacks.

LOCKERS

Secured and unsecured lockers for shoes, purses, bags, etc. are located on the rink platform. See rink staff regarding small fee for secured lockers.

SKATE SIZES

We offer rental skates in Youth sizes 8-4, Womens sizes 5-13, and Mens sizes 5-13. Skates are rented first-come, first-serve. If we are out of your size, we will offer a similar size if available or wait until more skates are returned.

We also offer:

  • Traction Aids: Adult size traction aids for parents that want to WALK with their kids on the ice. Note: Individuals without proper footwear are NOT permitted on the ice. 
  • Dual Blade Adjustable Skates: For Kids Only. These strap onto sneakers and allow the child to learn to balance without injury. Please check with rink staff for available sizes.

PRIVATE RENTAL

The ice rink may be reserved for private parties. Private rentals must take place outside the rink’s normal public hours. A 50% deposit is due at time of booking to hold a reservation, with the balance due one day prior. If a reservation is canceled with at least 72 hours’ notice, the deposit with be refunded. To make a reservation or to inquire about availability, please call (513) 977-8057. Payment may be made by check payable to Fountain Square Management Group or by credit card (VI/MC/AmEx, with signed authorization).  CLICK HERE for additional information.

GROUPS

The Fountain Square ice rink is great for school field trips, office outings, family outings, kids’ parties, social club activities, and more. Group visits may be scheduled any time the rink is open.

Groups of more than 30 are asked to call the rink ahead at 513.381.0782 during rink hours with the date and hours you plan to be at the rink and an approximate headcount. When you arrive, a group representative will need to identify group members as they enter, and rink staff will keep a tally. Once everyone is in, the representative will pay all the admissions and rentals at once. Payment may be made by cash or credit card (Visa/MasterCard/American Express). Paying as a group saves you time at the register and gives your group members more time to skate!

Groups should be aware that during public hours, rink admission and skate rentals are first-come, first-serve, and rink capacity is about 200 people.

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520 Vine Street - Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Cincinnati, OH 45202

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