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Ice Skating season ends March 17, 2012

Bank of America Skating Center Offers Last Chance of the Season to Catch Some Ice

Bank of America City Center

With just a few more days to enjoy outdoor skating in downtown Providence, the skating rink offers special hours for its final weeks – and special rates.

PROVIDENCE – Providence residents and visitors alike can savor the final days of winter by skating outside at the Bank of America City Center at the end of its 13th season. The season ends Saturday, March 17th, completing a full four months of skating at consistently low-priced rates offered by the City of Providence.

Special hours for the last two weeks of the season:

  • March 5th – March 17th
  • Monday – Thursday: 2pm – 10pm
  • Friday – Sunday: 11am – 10pm

The Bank of America City Center skating rink is one of New England’s most popular destinations for wintertime play. The 14,000 sq. ft. facility is twice the size of Rockefeller Plaza’s ice rink in New York City.

Special end of season rates will be just $3 admission and $3 skate rental for all ages Monday through Friday from 2pm – 10pm now through March 16th. (Regular admission is $6 for adults, $3 for kids, and $4 for skate rental).


Snowblogging: Twice in one week!

I am going to try to not sidewalk rant here. It is still snowing, so by right, no one is required to have their sidewalks clear, but expect a little ranting to sneak in, I can’t help myself!

I was out between noon and 1pm and did a big loop through Downcity to Waterplace and back.

Snow - January 21, 2012

Right off the bat, a little rant, I told you I can’t help myself. Well not so much a rant as a surprise; the sidewalks at Dominica Manor have not been touched today. They do not need to be per regulations, but they are usually out clearing snow all day on a day like this. Budget problems?

I didn’t take a photo, but as always, Angelo’s was clear. Someone was out shoveling and salting as I walked by.

Again, dumbfounded here, my ranting is bearing fruit. Someone (I assume the City though it is a State bridge) dumped a metric ton of salt on the Atwells Avenue Bridge sidewalks.

Snow - January 21, 2012

Of course then the plows pushed snow up on top of it. The sidewalk on the other side faired better and was actually clear, even as I walked back and the snow was getting heavier.

Snow - January 21, 2012

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Skating Center opens November 23

Skating Center

The Bank of America City Center in Kennedy Plaza

Update 11/23/2011: Due to the rain today, the Skating Center opening is delayed until tomorrow, Thanksgiving Day.

Opening Night: November 23rd, 4pm to 10 pm
Regular Hours: November 24th, 2011 – March 18th, 2012
Monday – Friday: 10am to 10pm
Saturday and Sunday: 11am to 10pm

Join Greater Kennedy Plaza on Wednesday, November 23rd for the first skate of the season at Bank of America Skating Center! From 4-10 pm the ice will be fresh, the tunes will be playing, and the lights will be aglow as we kick-off the skate season in style.

The temperature is dropping, but there is no need to rush inside! The Bank of America Skating Center provides outdoor family fun all winter long. Get in a quick work out at lunch, decompress after work, or spend a Saturday with family and friends at the rink. Affordable fun in the heart of downtown Providence!

Upcoming events at the Skating Center:

The following are just some of the events at the Bank of America City Center during the 2011/2012 season:

  • December 3: Downtown Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting. Join us for a professional figure skating exhibition after the Mayor’s tree lighting ceremony at 6PM
  • December 3: Learn-To-Skate six-week session begins
  • Sunday, December 11 and Sunday, December 18: Skate with Santa from 2-4PM
  • December 31: Bright Night skating performances and opening ceremonies from 5-6PM
  • Month of January: Providence Bruins practice – watch players practice and then share public open skate with players
  • Month of February: Skate with 28. Food-raiser for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank with CW28, featuring contests, performers, refreshments and prizes
  • Month of February: Valentine’s Day, 6-8PM; Bring a CD and have a song dedicated to your sweetheart; 8-10PM Free Valentine’s Day keepsake for couples
  • Every Wednesday from 6-10PM: College Night. Admission for college students is $3 with a valid college photo ID
  • Every weekday from 12-2PM: Lunchtime Special. Admission is $3 and skate rentals are $3.
  • Every weekday from 4-6PM: After Work Special. Admission is $3 and skate rentals are $3.

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Beer Garden Music Series returns to Burnside Park, June 30

Burnside Park Beer Garden Music Series 2011

The Beer Garden kicks off with a special performance by Extraordinary Rendition Band on June 30th at the Bank of America Skating Center. This will celebrate the closing of the Providence 375 Tape Art installation and will also feature a performance by As220’s ZuKrewe, food by Julian’s Omnibus, and drinks from Trinity Beer! Join in the action of helping to take apart the giant drawing at this fun party!

The traditional Burnside Park Beer Garden Music Series will be by the fountain in the park and will run every Thursday from July to August. Beer garden is open from 4:30 – 7pm with music from 5:30 – 6:30pm. Enjoy lawn games, Trinity Beer, and Mama Kim’s Korean BBQ!

  • June 30th – Extraordinary Rendition Band, raucous musical joy in brilliant marching band form.
  • July 7 – Tig & Bean, dirty pretty interpretation of folk and blues; Sponsored by Citizens Bank.
  • July 14 – Javelin, scrappy dance electro hip hop; Brooklyn via Providence (Luaka Bop, Thrill Jockey)
  • July 21 – The Jes Powers Project Presents: Chanteuse, amazing female vocalists.
  • July 28 – Nomo (members His Name Is Alive), post-afrobeat dance explosion; Ann Arbor, MI
  • August 4 – Delicate Steve, frantic electronics give way to easygoing riffs; NJ (Luaka Bop)
  • August 18 – Boo City, R&B Americana soul; Providence
  • August 25 – AS220 Criss Cross Orchestra, polyrhythmic world music beats directed by Obuamah Laud Addy.

Greater Kennedy Plaza


Tape Art, Panel Discussion, and Public Tea, June 9 June 23

Update: Due to the predicted extreme heat on the 9th, this event has been postponed until the 23rd.

From Greater Kennedy Plaza:

During the month of June, a major TAPE ART INSTALLATION will transform the Bank of America Skating Center with a 14,000 square foot mural celebrating Providence’s 375th Anniversary Founding by Roger Williams, interpreting the themes of “Roots, Hope, Ingenuity, and Freedom.” Michael Townsend and fellow artists will create the large-scale drawing using only colored painter’s tape over the course of three weeks.

Join us for related fun events throughout the month – and especially Thursday, June 9th when we will host both a Public Tea and entertaining Panel Discussion!

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Skating Center February Events

While the Skating Center closed at 2pm to clear snow, they do have some great events coming up next month.

Check out our spectacular events!

Saturday, February 12th, 5-8pm – Hearts + Scars: An Evening with Providence Roller Derby – Hot chocolate, treats, games and contests with the derby girls on ice skates!

Plus, La Strada Wood Fired Pizza straight out of their mobile wood fired pizza oven to you!

Sunday, February 13th 5-8pm – FUNny Valentine Weekend continues! Bring a CD and dedicate a song to your sweetheart! La Strada Wood Fired Pizza – hot pies with fresh local ingredients for you at the rink!

Monday, February 14th 5:30-7pm – PROVIDENCE BRUINS scrimmage! Watch the Providence Bruins practice for an upcoming outdoor game, and then skate with some players after!

Sunday, February 20th, 10am-1pm – To celebrate Hockey Weekend Across America, Lite Rock 105 will host youth hockey clinics with hockey heroes from all over Rhode Island, as well the chance for youth players from all over the state to compete in different events like a fastest skater competition, or a mini “Winter Classic” Mite tournament for prizes! So lace up your skates, and come help celebrate Youth Hockey in Rhode Island with this free, family-friendly event hosted by Lite Rock 105’s Heather Gersten and Tony Bristol!


Skating Center Opens November 19th

Opening weekend for skating at the Bank of America City Center in downtown Providence!

Please join us for opening weekend at the Bank of America City Center! As one of New England’s most popular winter destinations, we offer a fun, family activity at an affordable price. The 14,000-square-foot skating rink is twice the size of Rockefeller Plaza’s ice rink in New York City!

Bank of America City Center
2 Kennedy Plaza, Providence, RI 02903

Opening Weekend Dates: November 19-November 21, 2010
Opening Day Times: Friday Nov 19 – 6pm-10pm
Opening Weekend Times: Sat/Sun Nov 20-21 – 11am-10pm

Tickets: Adults $6
Children (12 and under) $3
Seniors (65 and older) $3
Skate rental $4

Info Phone: 401.331.5544

Web Site:

2010/2011 Skating Season

2010/2011 Season Hours:
November 19th, 2010 – March 20th, 2011
Monday – Friday 10am to 10pm
Saturday and Sunday 11am to 10pm


Impromptu Blog Meet-Up (03/19)

Photo by Jef Nickerson

Did you not get enough to drink yesterday? No? Good. Then you can join us tomorrow for an impromptu blog meet-up at the Skating Center in Kennedy Plaza.

The Bank of America City Center (that’s the skating rink in Kennedy Plaza) is having a Beer & Wine Pavilion after work all this week to celebrate the last week of skating and the start of spring. We’ll be there starting at 5:00pm. If you’re in the area, stop by and join us, and don’t forget, there’s a WaterFire tomorrow night as well.

Not sure who we are, there’s a photo of me on our About page. Check it out, come out tomorrow, walk up to me and say, “are you Jef Nickerson?” Then I’ll say, “OH MY GOD! Who are you? How do you know me?” Then you can buy me a beer 🙂

Providence Daily Dose and RIFuture are joining in on the impromptu blog-o-spherical beer drinking as well.


P-Bruins practice at Skating Center tomorrow

Photo from Greater Kennedy Plaza

Saturday, January 23rd, 10am-12pm

The public will have an opportunity to watch the P-Bruins take to the ice in a real practice session. Following the practice, several Bruins will remain on the ice to skate with fans until 12pm.

The cost for adults to skate is $6 and admission for children age 12 and under is $3.

BOA Skating Center/Kennedy Plaza
2 Kennedy Plaza


I Just Like this Photo…


Photo from Providence Department of Arts, Culture, and Tourism eNewsletter. Click to enlarge

… of the recently reopened Bank of America Skating Center and decided to post it. This photo is from the Providence City News and captures the dynamism of the rink and its inherent urbanity and convenience being right in the center of downtown. It’s the kind of photo I’d send to someone who’s never been to the city and wanted to see a few photos…