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Ice rink in downtown Denver opens 3 days early

Opening day at the Southwest Ice Rink at Skyline Park.

Opening day at the Southwest Ice Rink at Skyline Park.

DENVER — The Southwest Rink and Skyline Park opened in downtown Denver Tuesday — three days earlier than planned.

The rink, which is next to a German-style Christmas market on the 16th Street Mall at Arapahoe Street, saw almost 120,000 skaters in the last three years, a spokesman said. Last year it saw eight marriage proposals, 32 broomball teams and 16 live music events.

Skating is free for the public. Ice skates can be rented for $2. You can skip the fee if you bring a donation of gloves, mittens or socks for Volunteers of America.

“The Southwest Rink at Skyline Park is quickly becoming a Denver tradition and a favorite event of mine to kick off the holiday season,” said Denver Mayor, Michael B. Hancock.  “The Denver spirit is showcased in the collaboration among Southwest Airlines, the Downtown Denver Partnership and the City of Denver Parks and Recreation Department that provides such a fun, inexpensive winter activity for friends and families alike in Downtown Denver.”