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Ice rink, beer garden and private igloos all coming to Merwin's Wharf this holiday season

Posted at 4:46 PM, Oct 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-16 16:51:58-04

CLEVELAND — A new holiday event downtown on the river will bring a festive set-up and an ice rink to Merwin’s Wharf for the first time ever this year, according to Cleveland Metroparks.

During Winter RiverFest, Rivergate Park and Merwin’s Wharf will transform into a winter wonderland beginning on Nov. 27.

The event will feature synthetic ice skating, light displays, a beer garden, fire pits, a retail shop and an igloo village.

With COVID-19 concerns in mind, reservations for ice skating are recommended and the capacity on the rink will be limited. The cost to skate is $7 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Skates can be rented for $3 and walk-up skaters will be accepted based on availability.

Igloo rentals have a two-hour minimum for $50 with a food and drink minimum. to learn more about renting one, click here.

Winter RiverFest will take place Wednesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. and will last until Jan. 18.

Guests over the age of 6 will be required to wear face masks or coverings when ice skating, when inside the restaurant or retail shop, when ordering food or drinks and when interacting with staff, Cleveland Metroparks said.

“We are excited to offer our guests a new way to explore the park district and stay active this winter with Winter RiverFest,” said Cleveland Metroparks CEO Brian Zimmerman. “Rivergate Park is a hidden gem that’s quickly transformed into a recreational hub and the nexus of our evolving urban trail network.”