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Winter Wonderland in Martinez

Dec 01, 2015 04:34PM ● By Elena Hutslar

Main Street Martinez is proud to announce the first outdoor holiday ice rink in downtown Martinez. The DC Solar Downtown Holiday Ice rink is open now through Jan. 3, 2016, and is located in the municipal parking lot at the corner of Ferry St. and Marina Vista Ave. Hours vary, with extended hours on school holidays. Prices range from $9 - $14, including skate rental, with discounts available for seasonal passes, family skate night, and a Friday Fun Night for teens. There is a skating academy, featuring group lessons, and private lessons are also available.

“In previous years, downtown Martinez has had a synthetic ice rink during the holiday events; this rink is real ice, not plastic as in the past, and will be open for about six weeks, rather than just a few days,” said Leanne Peterson, executive director for Main Street Martinez. “The DC Solar Downtown Holiday Ice rink is a unique holiday experience and will bring many people to enjoy skating under the stars and discover the downtown Martinez unique shops and wonderful restaurants.”

You won’t find food at the ice rink, but there are many restaurants within a short walking distance from the rink, with a variety of food to suit every taste and budget. Parking is convenient around the rink and is free after 6pm and on weekends. The City of Martinez offers free parking throughout downtown during the two weeks around Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

The ice rink would not have been possible without the generous support of several businesses. DC Solar Company, Shell Oil, and a private donation provided the initial start up support for the ice rink. PG&E has generously donated and is installing a permanent transformer to provide the electricity for the rink each year, along with the assistance of Contra Costa Electric and IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers). Media sponsors include: Community Focus, Diablo Gazette,, Martinez Tribune, Search Magazine, 92.1 KKDV, and the City of Martinez. If you are interested in supporting the new Downtown Holiday Ice Rink and promoting your business, give us a call at (925) 228-3577.