Reservations Required as Numerica Skate Ribbon Opens Dec. 5, 2020

Online reservations now open, system will limit number of skaters as part of COVID-19 guidelines

Riverfront: 625.6600 or 311 Media: Fianna, 625.6297

Friday, December 4, 2020 at 5:17 p.m.

SPOKANE – Riverfront Park’s Numerica Skate Ribbon opens for ice skating on Saturday, December 5 under revised COVID-19 protocols. With safety at the forefront, skaters will be required to reserve a date/time and purchase tickets online to ensure we limit the number of skaters and provide a great experience this holiday season.

“It was important for Parks & Recreation to again get creative and find a way to say ‘yes’, to be able to offer safe 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, and we maintain great open lines of communication with the state. We’ll continue to monitor, evaluate, and adjust -- always with a goal of providing safe, positive, uplifting recreation with our partners and community.”

Riverfront will follow the Professional Sports & Other Sporting Activities guidelines for COVID-19, and also exceed previous Indoor Fitness and Training guidelines. Riverfront will provide 400 square feet per person; the Numerica Skate Ribbon is 14,860 square feet and capable of supporting 37 people under this standard. Tickets will be good for one hour of skating, to regulate the number of skaters on the ice and serve more people in the community.

“In these challenging times, we are focused on delivering safe, joyful, and unique programming for our community,” said Jon Moog, director of Riverfront Park. “Ice skating around the ribbon downtown has quickly become an iconic Spokane experience, and with some significant changes in place, we’re thrilled to open this year.”

We can’t wait to welcome the community to the ribbon. Here are a few things to know ahead of time, and we appreciate everyone’s help following the guidelines. We’re in this together.


Before you go

  • Reservations required: Reservations are required to skate, as part of our COVID-19 operations. Skaters will select their reservation time, and each reservation will be good for one hour of skating. Our ticketing software isn’t perfect, thank you for bearing with us as we smooth things out; our website has an FAQ that offers step-by-step directions. Purchase skating tickets in advance at
  • Masks/gloves: Please bring a mask and gloves to wear!
  • Spectators: Only one spectator is allowed per minor-aged skater. Spectators will have a designated location outdoors.

When you arrive

  • Arrive 15 minutes prior: It’s almost time to skate! Please check-in 15 minutes before your reserved skate time. This will give you enough time to pick-up and put on your skates.
  • Outdoor queueing: Skate rental and wrist band pick-up queueing will be staged outdoors, with one-way traffic flow.
  • Color-coded ribbon: The ribbon is colorfully marked into 10 zones, each with an occupancy limit of 5 skaters at a time as you move around the ribbon, to help promote social distancing.
  • Safety video: An orientation video will play on a continuous loop to educate skaters on the latest COVID-19 protocols at the ribbon.
  • Families: Family groups up to five people will be permitted to skate together closer than 6 feet.
  • Observation area: A non-skater observation area will be established away from the Skate Ribbon patio, with benches and heaters. Only one observer per minor-aged skater is allowed to help us limit the number of people in the area.
  • 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.
  • Sky Ribbon Café: The cafe is operated by the Eat Good Group, who will continue to follow established restaurant COVID-19 protocols. They will offer delicious to-go options!


Frequently Asked Questions

View our Frequently Asked Questions for more details about the 2020/2021 ice skating season. We will continue to monitor and adjust operational plans as guidelines are updated, and will keep the community update on changes.



Sunday – Thursday: 11am - 8pm

Friday & Saturday: 11am - 9pm

Winter Break (December 19 - January 2): 10am - 10pm

Closed Christmas day



We’re offering the same rates as the 2019/2020 season:

Adult admission: $7.25 per hour
Child admission: $5.25 per hour
Children 2 and under: free admission (does not include skate rental)

Skate rental: $4.95 per visit

Unlimited Passes
Adult Unlimited Pass: $34.95 (does not include skate rental)
Child Unlimited Pass, age 3-12: $29.95 (does not include skate rental)
Skate rental add-on to Unlimited Pass: $17.95

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