Rawlings-Blake kicks off opening of harbor ice rink

On an unseasonably warm afternoon Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and local businesspeople officially opened the Pandora Ice Rink, a rink that's larger than last year's and closer to the Inner Harbor's edge.

At 6,000 square feet, the scating surface is nearly 1,500 square feet larger than the rink set up in McKeldin Square last winter. For comparison, the rink at Rockefeller Center is 7,198 square feet.

After remarks from Waterfront Partnership president Laurie Schwartz and Pandora vice president Kevin Conklin, Rawlings-Blake offered her thanks for the rink but declined to skate herself, saying she went out on the ice last year at last year's opening "without falling on my you know what."

"I'm going to take a win while I'm ahead," she said.

She did, however, go "off the book" to suggest that, if everyone who got a Pandora gift came down to skate, the rink would be as crowded as its famed New York counterpart.

Schwartz later noted that there were many engagements proposed on the ice last winter, and that hopefully many more would come this season, hopefully with Pandora jewelry, makers of nice rings in addition to their popular charm bracelets.

Members of the dance company Next Ice Age then performed on the ice, which appeared a bit wet in spots.

The Pandora Ice Rink is open Mondays-Thursdays from 3 p.m.-8 p.m.; Fridays from 3 p.m.-11 p.m.; Saturdays from 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; and Sundays from 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Admission costs $9 for adults and $7 for seniors, children, and military. Rentals are $4.

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