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Ice skating season in full swing: rinks visited over 110,000 times

Ice skating season in full swing: rinks visited over 110,000 times

Tallinn's ice rinks have been offering joy to residents and visitors for the 18th consecutive season. All are welcome to enjoy winter delights, both during and after the school break.

This season in Tallinn's ice rinks began record-early on November 11, and as of the end of February, the parks have seen over 110,700 visitors, with children making up over half of the visits. The Old Town ice rink was visited over 49,100 times, Nõmme ice rink 19,400 times, Mustamäe ice rink 24,200 times, and Lasnamäe ice rink more than 18,000 times.

Deputy Mayor Vladimir Svet stated that Tallinn's modern ice rinks cater to skaters of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to professional athletes. "Recently, we had the great honor of hosting a true ice skating superstar – Aleksandr Selevko, who made history at this year's European Championships by winning a silver medal for Estonian figure skating. He delighted hundreds of fans with his skating routine at the Old Town ice rink," said Svet. "We invite all residents to the rinks, and the current school break offers a particularly wonderful opportunity to enjoy winter fun with the whole family. The numbers show that year after year, more residents are finding the city's ice rinks to be a pleasant and athletic way to spend time – last season, the four ice rinks were visited over 121,000 times, and we expect this season's visits to set a new record."

The popularity of free skating lessons among Tallinn's schools and kindergartens is growing each year. Over 20,000 students from various Tallinn educational institutions have taken advantage of the opportunity to conduct winter physical education classes at the ice rinks. School groups can visit for free, but pre-registration by the group leader is required. Classes can be booked at koolidele.uisupark.ee.

At least once a month, the rinks host free special events for Tallinn's underprivileged families, and the tradition of celebrating various holidays continues. This season, the ice parks will organize over 30 cheerful children's mornings, where young guests can learn to skate and safe behavior on ice. Popular and beloved characters will also provide lots of fun on the ice. Children's mornings take place every weekend at all Tallinn ice rinks.

Seniors are invited to skate for free on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at all ice rinks, to maintain and develop their fitness and agility.

The Lasnamäe ice rink in Tondiraba Park, the rinks in Männi Park in Mustamäe, and at Nõmme Gümnaasium park in Nõmme are open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.. The Old Town ice rink is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. One hour of skating in the city's ice rinks costs 6.30-9.50 euros, with a discounted ticket for children and seniors at 4.20-6.30 euros. Season passes, which offer unlimited visits to all ice rinks are also available for purchase. Visitors can bring their skates or rent them on-site for 4.5 euros. More information can be found on the website at uisupark.ee.

The Old Town, Lasnamäe, Mustamäe, and Nõmme ice rinks are operated by HK Hall OÜ. In addition, Pirita Sports Center manages ice rinks in Pirita and at Härma Stadium in Lasnamäe.