The first layer of ice has been applied to the new skating rink at Washington Harbour in Georgetown, the city’s first ice rink with a view of the Potomac River. Four to five more sheets will be applied before the ice is done next week in advance of the grand opening Monday, November 19, according to a spokesman for MRP Realty, which owns the complex.
After that, the rink will be open seven days a week, from noon on weekdays and from 10 AM on weekends. Closing time will be 9 on weekdays, 10 on Saturday, and 7 on Sunday. Skating fees range from $9 for adults to $7 for children, seniors, and military; skate rental is $5. There will be a skate shop adjacent to the rink. Spokesperson John Dalton says the rink will be available for private events Sunday through Wednesday evenings.
Even if this winter is as mild as last year’s, not to worry. “It can be up to 65 degrees and we’re still fine,” Dalton says. The rink was built by Clark Construction—which was “quite a process,” says Dalton. If size matters, the rink is larger than the ones at Rockefeller Center in New York and the Sculpture Garden at the National Gallery of Art. It also has the advantage of being almost surrounded by restaurants: the soon-to-open Farmers Fishers Bakers, plus Tony & Joe’s Seafood, Nick’s Riverside Grill, and Sequoia.