New skating rink at Harrah’s

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Members of Delaware County Council, employees of Harrah’s, and those of Flight Entertainment address the crowd before the official opening of the new ice rink at Harrah’s.

Gambling and ice skating may seem an odd combination, but the two now share some common space in Chester. Flight on Ice opened a new outdoor rink in front of the entrance to Harrah’s Tuesday night. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was presented by Harrah’s, Delaware County Council, and Flight on Ice, a division of Media-based Flight Entertainment.

DelCo River Rink at Harrah’s Philadelphia is a full-size, outdoor rink, 60 feet by 100 feet with a heated indoor Ice Garden Bar and other amenities including free onsite parking, music, and a calendar of family-friendly events. Skate tickets are $5 plus tax and skate rentals are $12 plus tax.

Delaware County Council Vice Chair Elaine Paul Schaefer said she and the other four members of County Council are “incredibly thrilled to be part of this really exciting addition to this region of our county.” Schaefer added that the county, Flight Entertainment, and Harrah’s partnered on the project.

“This new rink will offer the whole winter season, all the way to the end of February, an opportunity for all kinds of residents to enjoy it,” she said. “Families can come out and skate with their families; it’s a great place for a date, for couples, and it’s a pretty cool place to come out with your friends. And Delaware County residents are going to get discounted tickets and skate rentals.”

Schaefer added that there will be special community days throughout the season where county organizations and non-profits can skate for free.

“We, on County Council, are so proud to invest in this community and in this whole waterfront area,” she said.

This is the fourth rink in the area by Flight on Ice and two more will be opening shortly.

Even Phang, the Philadelphia Union mascot, takes to the ice at the new DelCo River Rink at Harrah’s Philadelphia.

About Rich Schwartzman

Rich Schwartzman has been reporting on events in the greater Chadds Ford area since September 2001 when he became the founding editor of The Chadds Ford Post. In April 2009 he became managing editor of ChaddsFordLive. He is also an award-winning photographer.

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