Ice skating comes to El Dorado Hills
Several years ago, the only outdoor ice rinks you could find in our region were those that required a lengthy trek into the sierra. Now, times have changed. While the Historic Folsom Ice Rink continues to be a hub of holiday activity this time of year, the community of El Dorado Hills is now home to its very own ice skating rink, thanks to the vision of an area church and a collaborative effort by the community.
District Church first came to El Dorado Hills in 2015, residing in Oak Ridge High School before moving to the site of Lake Hills Church above town center. The locally-founded non-denominational church recently teamed with El Dorado Hills Town Center to build an ice rink for the community to enjoy during the holidays, and the result is now a reality as a 6,500-square-foot rink has opened up for the season.
Perched on the hill above the Regal Theater, District Ice is already off to a triple axel spin and perfect landing in the community that has longed for its very own holiday rink, on the church property located at 7000 Rossmore Lane in El Dorado Hills.
“Our hope with District Ice is to create an opportunity for family and friends to come and hang on top of the hill during the Christmas season,” said District Church’s Lead Pastor CJ Hatlevig. “We have created a winter wonderland experience with ice skating, train rides, a 250-foot zip line and more. There is something for everyone here.”
Being bannered simply as “District Ice,” the new facility is now open for business with set times beginning at early as 10 a.m. and as late as 9:30 p.m. seven days a week. Specific session times that take place every 90 minutes are detailed for each operating day at districtice.com. The rink will be open on Christmas Eve, however, will close on Christmas Day to allow operators to spend times with their own families.
According to Hatlevig, one does not have to be a skater to come enjoy District Ice. In addition to the rink, they have local vendors, train rides, even a zip line feature. If adventure isn’t on your agenda, a cup of coffee, cocoa or a snack may be just what you need while the kids take to the rink. There will be food and drinks for purchase and a Christmas light show every night.
“You don’t have to skate to enjoy District Ice,” Hatlevig continued. “It will truly be an awesome place to hangout. We’d love to see this become a tradition in our county for years to come.”
On select nights, District Ice even hosts a beer garden for adults that are rink side, complete with heaters and ambient lighting for the perfect gathering of friends and family. The church operates the beer garden in collaboration with other partner charities which benefit from it on their particular nights. Volunteers from those organizations assist with the operation of it as well.
“We wanted to create something unique and different here for the season,” explained Executive Pastor Reid McNulty, who was working at the rink Monday evening. “This is a place where people can come gather while the kids enjoy the ice rink with friends or we have people that just come up here to enjoy atmosphere. This was a big undertaking for us, and we hope the community will support it. We may be able to bring it back for years to come as a new tradition.”
All proceeds from District Ice will benefit those in need of fire relief from the Camp Fire in Butte County. Additional funds will benefit the Clarksville Region Historical Society.
Admission to District Ice is $13 for adults; skate rentals are available for those without skates for $2 each. Children 8 years and under can skate for $10 each and a $2 skate rental. Seniors 62 years and over are $11.
Complete information and ticket purchase can be done online at districtice.com.