Thursday, December 22, 2011

Downtown Kingston Gets Festive

The ice rink at Springer Market Square has officially opened. The rink appears to be a great spot to spend a Saturday night with some friends. A lively mix of Christmas tunes and the top forty hits are played over speakers so that everyone can enjoy
some music while they skate.

The rink is located just behind City Hall, and outdoor lighting as been set up. Holiday cheer surrounds the rink as several of the trees have been decorated with festive lights – including a very large evergreen! Bleachers have also been placed right next to the ice for those wishing to watch the activity on the ice.

Change rooms are available for those looking to store their belongings. The city asks that people bring their own locks for the lockers that are provided. They would also recommend that large groups call ahead to, “get the maximum enjoyment from their outing."

Looking to warm up? Plenty of coffee shops, including Starbucks and Coffee & Company, are just a short walk away. Downtown Kingston also offers many restaurants, so dinner and skating is always an option.

I definitely recommend checking out Morrison’s, which is directly across the street from City Hall, if you’re looking for a quick bite to eat or are out for brunch. Ontario Street is lined with restaurants for a more formal meal.

My friends and I enjoyed the meals we had at The Raging Bull. The chicken parmesan plates were huge, and the staff were incredibly nice. Several Italian restaurants are available, such as Frankie Pestos (also on Ontario Street), Atomica and Olivea on Brock Street. Those looking for steak can hit up The Keg, located across from the ice rink, while a more casual dinner atmosphere is available at Lonestar on Ontario Street.

The rink is open from 8AM to 10PM, seven days a week. Springer Market Square is one of Kingston’s most popular outdoor ice rinks. In addition to this rink, skating is also available at Victoria Park, City Park, and Polson Park. Details can be found here.

Springer Market Square is located at Brock Street and King Street. This location is often used during the year for the Farmers Market, or the always popular Movies in the Square event.

Submitted By: Christina Hewitt

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