Numerica Skate Ribbon Prepares to Open for Ice Skating This Holiday Season

COVID-19 protocols will limit number of skaters on the ice

Media: Fianna Dickson, 625.6297. Riverfront: 311

Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 3:30 p.m.

SPOKANE – Riverfront Park and City of Spokane Parks & Recreation are preparing to offer ice skating at the Numerica Skate Ribbon this winter under revised COVID-19 protocols. An opening date will be announced when it is known; it is anticipated to open for the 2020 holiday season. 

“We are thrilled to offer safe, festive outdoor recreation for our community this winter,” said Garrett Jones, director of City of Spokane Parks & Recreation. “Our team has worked closely with the Spokane Regional Health District to develop a solid operational plan. Though ice skating will look a little different this year, it was important we get creative and find a way to say ‘yes’.” 

Riverfront staff are preparing to operate the skate ribbon following the Phase 2 and 3 Indoor Fitness and Training COVID-19 Reopening Requirements, with insight from the Spokane Regional Health District.

“Ice skating around the ribbon downtown has quickly become an iconic Spokane experience,” said Jon Moog, director of Riverfront Park. “In these challenging times, we are focused on delivering joyful, safe, and unique programming for our community.”

COVID-19 Operations (2020/2021 season)

When it opens, ice skaters will experience revised operations at the Numerica Skate Ribbon. Highlights include:

  • Limited number of skaters: Up to 50 guests will be allowed at one time in phase 2.
  • Advanced ticket reservation: To regulate the number of guests, advance purchase of ice skating admission will be required. Guests will select their reservation time, and each reservation will be good for one hour of skating.
  • Masks and gloves: Face masks and gloves will be required for all patrons while on premises.
  • Sanitizing: Skate rentals will be sanitized after each use. Sanitation protocols will be implemented in all common areas with even greater attention to touch points, and hand sanitizer will be offered in multiple locations.
  • Distancing: Patrons will be asked to socially distance themselves while skating and indoors.
  • Families: Family groups up to five people will be permitted to skate together closer than 6 feet.
  • Outdoor queueing: Skate rental and wrist band pick-up queueing will be staged outdoors.
  • Patio and party room use: The patio will be available for skaters only. Exceptions will be made for minors and those with special needs. The Skate Ribbon exterior party room garage-style doors will be open to assist in social distancing and serve as a warming shelter.
  • Observation area: A non-skater observation area will be established away from the Skate Ribbon patio, with benches and heaters.
  • Sky Ribbon Café: The cafe is operated by the Eat Good Group, who will continue to follow established restaurant COVID-19 protocols.

View our Frequently Asked Questions for more details about the 2020/2021 ice skating season. As guidance is updated from local and state health officials, operational protocols will be adjusted.

Unlimited Ice Passes are now on sale for the 2020/2021 season.

Hourly admissions will go on sale once an opening date is announced.


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