University Circle Inc. Opens The Rink at Wade Oval This Sunday

On Sunday, December 7, outdoor skating returns to University Circle. The Rink at Wade Oval will open to the public at 1pm as part of University Circle Inc’s (UCI) Holiday CircleFest celebration, and will remain open through Monday, February 16.

With free admission, $3 skate rentals, and a concession stand, it will also provide families with an affordable way to have fun. Wade Oval is located at East Boulevard and Wade Oval Drive, just behind The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and Cleveland Botanical Garden.

The notion of ice skating amid University Circle’s wintry landscape began in the early 20th century, as Clevelanders were known for lacing up their skates for winter fun on frozen Wade Lagoon, the body of water that still stands, but no longer fully freezes, in front of The Cleveland Museum of Art.

The rink itself is made out of an environmentally-friendly polymer, and will be maintained without using water or electricity.

Now celebrating its 15th year, Holiday CircleFest is University Circle’s annual open house of lights, music, shopping, and family-friendly activities. More than 20 University Circle institutions will open their doors free of charge.

The Rink at Wade Oval is also available as a location for private parties. For more information about renting the rink, call Sheila Corrigan at 216-707-5035 or email

The Rink at Wade Oval is open December 7 through February 16. Regular hours of operation are: Fridays & Saturdays, Noon – 7pm, Sundays 12pm – 5pm. Special hours during the school holiday break, December 22 – January 4, Sundays – Wednesdays, noon to 5pm; Fridays and Saturdays, noon to 7pm. The Rink will be open on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 19 and President’s Day, February 16, noon to 5pm. Rink hours are subject to change. For daily rink information, call 216-707-5033 or visit

Outdoor ice skating is also available annually at the city of Cleveland’s Halloran Park at 3550 West 117th Street.  Hours and rates are as follows:

Monday – Friday: noon-2pm; 3-5pm; 6-7:30pm
Saturdays 1-2:30pm and 3-5pm

Skate rental is $1.00, admission if you have your own skates is 25 cents.


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