Discover the magic of ice skating at Fallon on Ice this winter starting Saturday, November 18, at 11 a.m. in the parking lot just south of the Douglass House at 10 S. Carson Street. There will be a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. and free skating all day with food trucks and vendors.
Fallon has an old history of ice skating -- back in the day, early settlers in Fallon would ice skate on the S-line Reservoir behind Rattlesnake Hill. For years, Mayor Ken Tedford has wanted ice skating in Fallon. Over ten years ago, the city was gifted a hockey rink from a community in Southern California, but it wasn’t in very good shape, so the city sent it to auction.
But the idea hung on with Tedford, and he’s been thinking of the concept as an economic development anchor, “With the communities surrounding Fallon coming in where they will use it and then shop with local merchants and use the restaurants and gas stations as well. I talked to the council, and they agreed,” he said.
“We’ve been meeting with the Special Events team every Tuesday, where we throw around ideas and have been working for a long time to get it here,” said Tedford.
Callie Martinez, the Pool, Parks, Gym, & Events Coordinator with the city, will work with Ty Whitaker from the Abbi Agency to market the rink to rural communities and Reno “to come do a day trip,” said Tedford. “The plan was to open before Thanksgiving and really promote for Small Business Saturday and the first weekend in December for Tree Lighting and the Santa’s workshop event on Saturday.”
The rink, which is 100 ft. by 40 ft, will have VIP tents and various party package options available for purchase, as well as regular themed skate sessions and promotions. Fallon on Ice will give back to the community with promotions in November, such as Shop Small Saturday and a canned food drive. The hours of operation will be from noon until 8 p.m., Sundays through Thursdays, with four sessions running at noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6 p.m. On Friday and Saturday, there will be five sessions, with the last running from 8 to 10 p.m.
Fridays are themed nights, beginning December 1 with Onesie Night. December 15 will be Sports Fan Night, Disney Night on December 22, Adults Only on December 29, and Marvel Night on January 5, with even more themes continuing throughout the winter.
Admission costs, along with all the details for Fallon on Ice, are listed on the City of Fallon website at fallonnevada.gov/fallononice/. Kids under four are free, 5 – 17 are $12 a person, and an adult must accompany kids under 12. Adults will be $18, and seniors and military are discounted to $13. There is a $3 discount when you bring your own skates. There are also prices for parties listed on the website as well.
Additionally, there are several opportunities for discounted tickets with a canned food drive November 18 - 22 to get $3 off, Monday Blues gives a $2 discount for wearing blue, Two for Tuesdays is bring a friend for free, and Thursdays is Student Night with $5 tickets with a student I.D. Wednesdays are Movie Night, where a movie will be shown during skating.
There are also Vendor Spaces available, with the opportunity for local businesses to showcase their products. Weekly rates are available, and Candy Dolan at [email protected] or 775-423-4556 can help with those details and reserving space.
“This year, we will work out all the wrinkles,” said Tedford, “and the next years, use our lessons learned and just make it better and better. We’re real excited. We think it will be a great addition to the holidays, and we hope people will really use it.”