Disco Ice Day Comes to the Island

Alameda’s Little Ice Rink will welcome Olympic ice skater Brian Boitano to a retro-themed event this Friday, Jan. 20.

Boitano, who won a gold medal in men’s figure skating in the 1988 Olympics and is a Bay Area native, will judge a disco dance and costume contest starting at 8 p.m. The contests are part of Little Ice Rink’s Disco Ice Day celebration.

“Ice rink attendance has been fantastic,” said Carrie Ewing, vice president of operations for Perforce, a global software company founded 15 years ago in Alameda. “I’d say we’ve had roughly 6,000 visitors, and people are loving the chance to skate outdoors.”

The ice rink, which is open through Jan. 29 on Park Street, offers “happy hour” prices on tickets from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. On Saturdays and Sundays, local ice skaters perform at 1:45 and 3:45 p.m.

The 3,000-square-foot outdoor rink is located at the corner of Park and Tilden Way. In addition to renting skates, the rink also offers novice skaters the use of handy plastic “seals” that they can lean on as they move around the rink.

Janet Levaux