Tickets for the event, which runs from 7:30 to 10 p.m., are $15 in advance/$20 at the door. Expect a DJ, food and beverages, face paintings and raffle prizes.
While the website bills Rizzo Rink as the “Best Kept Secret in Philadelphia, supervisor George Kilcullen said he hopes the event can showcase the rink as an amenity to the area and to show “Rizzo is still here.” He also wanted to clarify the “rally” aspect, saying, “Rizzo isn’t going anywhere … we want to continue to keep it as big and as strong as ever.”
Kilcullen pointed to the continued strength of the Youth Hockey Program at Rizzo Rink, which features three age groups: Mites (boy and girls ages 5-7), Juniors (ages 8-10), and Seniors (ages 11-14). The Mites program is seeing increased enrollment each year and reaffirms that the hockey program is stronger than ever. “We could take more as long as they register early,” he said while noting they scraped together new and used equipment for those in the program in need of any gear.
The public skating schedule features one session on Wednesday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and two sessions Friday through Sunday between 3 and 8 p.m.
The “Rally 4 Rizzo” offers the opportunity to check out the rink and have some fun ice-skating on a Friday night. “It’s a night for the community to get together…everybody and anybody is invited,” said Kilcullen.
– James Jennings is the founder of the blog Pennsporter — a site dedicated to exploring the neighborhood from Washington to Snyder, the Delaware to Fourth.