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Downtown Burbank’s “The Rink” Officially Opens at Ribbon Cutting

On Friday, December 14, the City of Burbank hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the popular seasonal ice rink known as “The Rink,” located behind City Hall at 275 E. Olive Ave.

(Photo Courtesy Scott Talamantes)

The outdoor ice skating rink is 4,100 square-foot and can hold up to 165 skaters per session. For the next six weeks, it will be open for everyone to enjoy, with fundraising events, scheduled performances, and public skating.

Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy cut the ribbon after giving a short speech, stating that she hopes Burbank residents skate into the new year.

During the ceremony, young talented figure skaters from Pickwick Ice performed on the rink, skating to songs such as Christmastime, It’s Not Christmas, Winter Dreams, and a track from The Adams Family.

Among the skaters was Aubrey Ignaco who recently competed in the Pacific Coast Sectionals and won first place for the novice level. She will be advancing to compete in nationals this January.

“Hopefully she’ll go from there to the Olympics. At this point she can be invited to compete internationally,” said her father proudly.

(Photo by Tim Mably)

Shoko Tokuda, whose son skated as a part of an “Adams Family themed” trio, is excited to return to The Rink throughout the rest of December.

Conveniently located near the recently remodeled Burbank Town Center, locals have a festive activity to look forward to after buying presents.

For interested skaters, costs include $12 unlimited skating with no re-entry. Skate rentals are also provided for $5, and skating aids are $8.

The Rink is open from Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. It will continue to stay open to the public until Sunday, January 6, 2019.

Cartoon Network Employees Celebrate Holiday Season

Earlier in December, all 300 Cartoon Network Studios employees walked to the AMC Theatres for an “All Staff” meeting one afternoon. After the meeting, they then headed over to The Rink and skated for an hour. Co-workers enjoyed a holiday get-together, sipped hot chocolate and ate beignets, freshly made from The Beignet Truck.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Cartoon Network employees enjoy some fun time with co-workers at The Rink, Burbank’s outdoor ice rink, in December. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“The weather was a perfect 42 degrees – probably colder than Rockefeller Center that day! Everyone had a great time,” commented Zita Lefebvre, Director of Operations and Community Outreach. She also noted the convenience of Cartoon Network’s location in Burbank at 300 N. Third St., just blocks from the AMC Theatres and The Rink. The Rink will remain open daily, until closing for the season on January 5.

Olympic Champion Kristi Yamaguchi Visits With Local Schoolchildren At The Rink

Olympic Champion Kristi Yamaguchi made a special appearance at Downtown Burbank’s The Rink midday yesterday, December 4. About 100 children from Miller and Emerson elementary schools in grades 2, 4 and 5 attended the event. Because her flight was a late in arriving, Ms. Yamaguchi did some interviews first and then skated with the children. After skating for a time, everyone took a break and she read from her children’s book Dream Big, Little Pig! and talked with the kids. Ms. Yamaguchi then joined the youngsters on the ice for another skate session.

Olympian Kristi Yamaguchi poses with mittens that support USOC with funds that help future Olympians (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Olympian Kristi Yamaguchi poses with mittens that support USOC with funds that help future Olympians (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Ms. Yamaguchi shared with the children that by working hard and never giving up she was able to accomplish her goals and that she also trained for ice skating by taking dance lessons. Ms. Yamaguchi talked about how she worked with her skating partner for the Olympics and the ways she collaborated with an illustrator on her books. She also mentioned that her own children inspired her to write her books for children, including It’s A Big World, Little Pig!, published last year.

“Most of the kids had never ice skated before. They were all smiles the entire time!” commented Peggy Flynn, BUSD Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator. “Miller and Emerson were invited because they were within walking distance. So many wanted to attend that we had to have the principals draw teacher names from a hat. It was a perfect example of how the arts and athletics are not exclusive unto themselves.”

Olympian Kristi Yamaguchi lends a hand to Rachel Huntley  during her visit at  The Rink on Wednesday. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Olympian Kristi Yamaguchi lends a hand to Rachel Huntley during her visit at The Rink on Wednesday. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

In the weeks leading up to her visit, Mr. Berger’s fifth graders from Emerson watched her Olympic Gold Medal routine in 1992 and read about Ms. Yamaguchi’s life. The Olympic Gold Medalist in Women’s Figure Skating and two-time World Champion signed books from the Miller and Emerson libraries detailing her life and accomplishments.

Panera Bread provided lunch and cookies for all of the students. Each student attending also received an autographed photo of Ms. Yamaguchi. Several news outlets including Channel 4 NBC, The L.A. Times and a Chinese television station also covered the event.

Olympian Kristi Yamaguchi skates at The Rink during a visit on Wednesday. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Olympian Kristi Yamaguchi skates at The Rink during a visit on Wednesday. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Ms. Yamaguchi’s visit was presented in partnership with Burbank Arts For All Foundation and the BUSD Arts For All program. BAFA supports arts integration programs within the Burbank school district. The Downtown Burbank Partnership and Ice America provided free skate admission for the children from Miller and Emerson elementary schools. Ms. Yamaguchi founded the Always Dream Foundation in 1996 with a mission to aid early childhood literacy and inspire children to reach for their dreams through innovative reading programs.

The Rink in Downtown Burbank is located next to City Hall at the corner of Third and Orange Grove Avenues. The Rink is open daily through January 5, with a variety of open skate sessions.

Olympian Kristi Yamaguchi poses after autographing this young skaters ice skates during her visit at  The Rink on Wednesday. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Olympian Kristi Yamaguchi poses after autographing this young skaters ice skates during her visit at The Rink on Wednesday. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Olympian Kristi Yamaguchi reads from her book "It's a big world, little pig!" during her visit at  The Rink on Wednesday. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Olympian Kristi Yamaguchi reads from her book “It’s a big world, little pig!” during her visit at The Rink on Wednesday. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Olympian Kristi Yamaguchi reads from her book "It's a big world, little pig!" during her visit at  The Rink on Wednesday. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Olympian Kristi Yamaguchi reads from her book “It’s a big world, little pig!” during her visit at The Rink on Wednesday. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Olympian Kristi Yamaguchi skates during her visit at  The Rink on Wednesday. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Olympian Kristi Yamaguchi skates during her visit at The Rink on Wednesday. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)