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Ice Rink’s Grand Opening Day Is Here

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It’s time to hit the ice: Alameda’s Little Ice Rink is back.

The 3,000-square-foot rink opens at South Shore Center–near Petco–tonight (Friday, Nov. 8) and will stay open seven days a week through Jan. 20in the afternoons.

The Perforce Software Foundation is providing financial support for the rink in cooperation with South Shore Center. (The foundation has raised $2.3 million for charities since its inception.)

“Alameda is home to the company, as well as to many of our 200 Alameda employees, and it’s been my residence for 25 years,” said Christopher Seiwald, CEO of Perforce Software. “We like to invest where we live.”

According to South Shore, the Little Ice Rink will schedule events with local dignitaries and skating celebrities on Friday nights. There will also be Stroller Skates at 2 p.m. each Tuesday, and the San Jose Sharks mascot Sharkie should stop by.

South Shore owner Jamestown says it “takes pride in creating traditions that the whole family can enjoy, year after year,” according to a statement from Jamestown COO Michael Phillips. “The rink, along with our Santa House and Winter Wonderland, will be the site of many community-focused activities this holiday season and memories for years to come.”

The concept for an ice rink in town came up at the office a few years ago “as a bit of lark,” Seiwald says. “When the lot at Park Street and Tilden opened up, it presented an opportunity to really do it!”

That was in the winter of 2011-12. A year later, the rink moved to South Shore, where some 15,000 skaters hit the ice during the holiday season.

“We never imagined it would have such a positive impact,” the executive said. “Last year, as I watched the skaters, a woman who lives alone in Alameda said she came down every day to watch the skaters and stay connected to the Island community. That’s a great example of what the rink can do.”

According to South Shore, the Little Ice Rink will schedule events with local dignitaries and skating celebrities on Friday nights. There will also be Stroller Skates at 2 p.m. each Tuesday, and the San Jose Sharks mascot Sharkie should stop by.

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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.