For people seeking outdoor fun this winter, new skating rink opens in Kennett Square at The Creamery

KENNETT SQUARE — Winter is here.

And for people who live or visit the borough, known as the Bedford Falls of southern Chester County — and Mushroom Capital of the World — there’s now an outdoor “glice” rink in town.

“This is yet another innovative and community-centered idea led by the team at The Creamery,” said Kennett Square Mayor Matthew Fetick.

“They’ve done such a great job creating a space for the community to gather for many different events and activities,” the mayor said on Monday. “I really appreciate how they are always thinking of and implementing new and fun things here in our town.”

The Creamery of Kennett Square’s new outdoor rink can accommodate 50 skaters at once, said Michael DePaolo, general manager.

The ice rink is open to the public Friday, Saturday and Sunday now through April 2. Prior registration is required and can be completed online by purchasing tickets in advance at www.kennettcreamery.com/ice-rink-2023.

The cost is $10 per hour per person. There is an additional cost of $4 to rent skates.

DePaolo said that free skating opportunities will also be open to local nonprofits and community partners throughout the winter season.

He said the skate rink is eco-friendly and composed of synthetic ice material called Glice, which is engineered and produced in Europe by a Swiss company.

“It allows us to run it consistently through the January, February and March months,” he said – regardless of the weather.

This top-rated synthetic material feels and looks just like ice while concurrently being more environmentally friendly, he said.

The ethos of The Creamery is to strive to be environmentally friendly, DePaolo added, and community orientated.

Michael DePaolo, general manager of the Creamery, said the skate rink is eco-friendly. The rink features Glice, a synthetic ice engineered in Switzerland. (JEN SAMUEL – DAILY LOCAL NEWS)

Square Roots Collective owns The Creamery. Funds from the venue are invested into various community projects including the Kennett Trails Alliance.

“Drink a beer, build a trail,” he said with a laugh, noting this is a common motto shared among staff around the Creamery.

“All our profits go back to helping the community,” DePaolo said.

The outdoor ice rink, now part of a new Winter Park, spans 3,500 square feet and has been built on the Square Roots Collective parking lot, which is next to the Creamery.

“It’s quite large,” DePaolo said. “Until you see this ice rink, you just don’t know how to grasp it.”

He said when folks purchase their tickets online they also select their date and time slot for skating.

“It’s really simple,” DePaolo said. “You just hit ‘reserve your tickets now.’”

“We hope to make this an annual event,” he said.

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