According to Grand Blanc’s city manager Wendy Jean-Buhrer, the city-owned outdoor ice-skating rink opened and was dedicated on December 6, 2019. The ice rink is in Physicians Park behind the iconic Hot Dog Stand in downtown Grand Blanc. Access and parking are on Reid Road, directly off South Saginaw Street.
Skating is free to all, weather permitting, from noon to 10 p.m., with lights turned on for night-time skating. There is no skate rental available, so bring your own ice skates. There are public restrooms and hot beverages can be purchased at the nearby Tim Horton’s coffee shop.
Normally, the ice takes three days to set up, if the temperature remains below 53 degrees. During the summer months the same location will become a 50-by-100 foot splash pad, all installed by Custom Ice from Canada. They are the same firm that installed a professional ice-skating rink in legendary Wayne Gretzky’s backyard. Grand Blanc’s project was funded by monies left over from a Grand Blanc Parks & Recreation millage, at a cost of almost $650,000.00.
So, even if you are not Elsa or Anna from “Frozen,” grab your skates and “Let It Go.”