The Waterfront Partnership, operator of the Inner Harbor Ice Rink has officially closed the ice rink this holiday season. (Courtesy Photo)

By Michelle Richardson
Special to the AFRO

The Baltimore Inner Harbor Ice Rink, operated by the Waterfront Partnership, will not return this holiday season due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic. 

“We hope to bring the ice rink back for a seventh season next winter, but only if we can do it in a way that is safe for the public,” said Laurie Schwartz, president of the Waterfront Partnership. 

Over the past six seasons, the Inner Harbor Ice Rink has welcomed more than 65,000 visitors and hosted several events such as SkateFest, which benefitted Special Olympics of America, Skate with Santa, wedding proposals, and various celebrity appearances. 

“Our decisions this year on hosting events and bringing back amenities like the ice rink have all been made within the context of public health safety. We are looking forward to the time when we can welcome families back to skate with the beautiful backdrop of the Inner Harbor.”

Despite the pandemic cancelling live events and large gatherings, Waterfront Partnership has continued its mission of creating and managing public events at Baltimore’s waterfront by offering a variety of individualized, yet engaging events.  

Although there isn’t any ice skating at the Inner Harbor this winter season, the Four Seasons Baltimore has turned its fifth floor into a 1,800 square-foot- synthetic ice rink. 

The Four Seasons ice rink, which opened in 2018, offers skating sessions to hotel guests and the general public on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through January 2021. 

For more information, visit www.baltimore.org/listings/mt-pleasant-ice-arena/