Sharpen those edges; a Rockville realty firm plans to open an outdoor skating rink in Rockville Town Center by the end of the year.
Barring any construction delays because of inclement weather, Federal Realty Investment Trust plans to open the largest rink in Montgomery County — 7,200 square feet — before Jan. 1, according to Federal Realty.
Tri-State Ice Management, an Annapolis-based ice rink management company, will handle the upkeep of the ice.
Beyond public skating, other rink amenities will include birthday parties, corporate events, private parties and ice skating lessons.
Sally Sternbach, executive director of Rockville Economic Development Inc., said the ice rink will set Rockville Town Center apart from other urban areas.
“Anytime you have an attraction that differentiates you from the other options a shopper might choose, it’s a real positive,” Sternbach said. “I think everybody sees the ice rink as exactly that.”
Town Center featured another version of an ice rink several years ago and enjoyed some success, Sternbach said. That rink was made of plastic, a technology that allows people to skate on a surface other than ice.
Downtown Silver Spring has an outdoor ice rink of its own for the second season in a row, drawing crowds of skaters to its business center.
The city of Rockville’s involvement in the rink has been minimal, consisting mainly of approving permits for construction and bringing electricity to the rink, said Jenny Kimball, acting city manager.
“I think it’s a positive,” Kimball said. “People like in the winter to have an activity and something to do with their families.”
An outdoor skating rink allows people to get some exercise, grab a bite to eat and do some shopping all in one place, she said.
Details on ice
Proposed operating hours:
Monday through Thursday: Noon to 10 p.m.
Friday: Noon to 11 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Extended hours on holidays
$7 (12 and younger)
$8 (13 and older)
$3 for skate rentals
Family season passes and individual season passes are available. Discount cards are also available.