DALLAS, Nov. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Southwest Airlines® (NYSE: LUV) and the Downtown Denver Partnership are excited to announce the Southwest Rink at Skyline Park is open for Mile High Residents to take to the ice. City of Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, along with City Councilman Albus Brooks, City Councilwoman Judy Montero, Downtown Denver Partnership CEO & President Tami Door, Volunteers of America Director of Community Affairs Jim White, and Southwest Airlines Denver Station Leader Danielle Reidder, welcomed children from the Sun Valley Youth Center to the Southwest Rink today to be among the first to take a spin on the freshly-frozen ice.
To celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Southwest Rink in Downtown Denver, Southwest is extending its warm heart within the Community by encouraging Rink visitors to bring a donation of socks, gloves, or mittens to a special Volunteers of America donation area at the Rink throughout the entire Rink season in exchange for free skate rentals. Mayor Hancock and Jim White personally kicked off the giving season by donating socks and gloves to the Sun Valley Youth Center.
"The Southwest Rink at Skyline Park is quickly becoming one of my favorite events to kick off the winter season," said Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock. "The City's collaboration with Southwest Airlines and the Downtown Denver Partnership is creating a new tradition for Denver that is fun and inexpensive for friends and families alike."
"We had more than 44,000 Denver residents, employees, and visitors lace up their skates last year at the Southwest Rink at Skyline Park," said Downtown Denver Partnership's CEO & President Tami Door. "The Southwest Rink is a shining example of how activation can turn a space into a place that people "LUV". We thank Southwest Airlines for making this a possibility and for their continued investment in the center city."
"Southwest Airlines is dedicated to Denver," said Danielle Reidder, Southwest Airlines Denver Station Leader. "Denver is an important market for us and having the opportunity to offer a place for the Community to gather and spend time with their friends and family is something we truly value. We're thrilled to partner with the Downtown Denver Partnership for another successful year of winter fun and events!"
Last year, the Rink gathered a total of 44,499 visitors who laced up their skates and enjoyed the festivities. After four seasons of the Southwest Rink, more than 163,540 skaters have taken to the ice, and the fifth season is expected to raise that number to more than 210,000 skaters!
The Rink is located in Skyline Park next to the historic Daniels & Fisher Tower and near the intersection of 16th and Arapahoe streets. Skating will once again be FREE to the public with the option to bring skates or rent a pair for just $2. To bring some extra cheer to families visiting the Downtown Denver area this holiday season, the Rink will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, hours, and programming, visit southwestrink.com
The Rink is made possible by a public-private partnership among the City of Denver Parks and Recreation Department, the Downtown Denver Partnership, and Southwest Airlines.
Southwest Airlines began service to Denver on Jan. 3, 2006, with 13 daily nonstop departures to three destinations. The airline currently operates 167 daily nonstop flights to 56 destinations from Denver, including international service to San Jose del Cabo/Los Cabos and Cancun, Mexico. Southwest is also actively engaged in the community through sponsorships of the Downtown Denver Partnership, the Denver Nuggets, Red Rocks Amphitheater, Concerts for Kids, Volunteers of America and many more local organizations. Find more about Southwest's dedication to Denver here.
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