Press release

Rothman Institute Ice Rink at Dilworth Park Opens Today


America’s Garden Capital Maze Celebrates Regional Gardens and Arboreta

PHILADELPHIA (November 11, 2016) – Today, Veterans Day, the Rothman Institute Ice Rinkopens for its third season on the north side of Dilworth Park with a salute to veterans, accompanied by the return of the popular Rothman Institute Cabin, with a new menu by Brûlée Catering at the Dilworth Park Air Grille. Veterans and active military with ID skate free today and visitors to the Rothman Institute Cabin can buy a Sam Adams beer for soldiers past and present with the Sam Adams Pour One Forward program. Rink, cabin and grille will remain open for business until Sunday, February 26, 2017.

On the south side of the park debuting today is the Dilworth Park Wintergarden, featuring America’s Garden Capital Maze, and, opening on November 19, is the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market. The Winter Season at Dilworth Park is presented by Rothman Institute, William Penn Foundation and through generous support from Subaru, Capital One, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Temple University and 6abc.

“We couldn’t be happier that the opening of the rink falls on Veterans Day,” said Alexander R. Vaccaro, MD, Ph.D, MBA, President of Rothman Institute. “Rothman Institute is honored to salute the women and men of our military. We look forward to another successful winter season of skating and the chance to pay tribute to those who defend our freedom every day.”

Admission to the Rothman Rink is $3 for children 10 and under, $5 for adults, and skate rental is $10. Hours are Noon to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday; Noon to 11:00 p.m. on Friday; 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Saturday; and Noon to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday. Learn to Skatelessons are available, with five-week sessions for $99, including lessons, admission and skate rental. Sled Skating, sponsored by Magee, offers adults and children with disabilities the opportunity to reserve a sled to use on January 7 and February 4, from 9:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. For questions or to sign up for Learn to Skate, please email LESSONS@RINKMANAGEMENT.COM, and for questions regarding Sled Skating, or to reserve a sled, please email SLEDS@RINKMANAGEMENT.COM. For complete information and holiday hours, please check the Dilworth Park website, DILWORTHPARK.ORG

America’s Garden Capital Maze, anchored at its center by a welcoming gazebo, is designed by Groundswell Design Group for both children and adults and features willow-branch archways, evergreens, trees, perennials, shrubs, topiary sculptures, and winter plantings adorned with twinkling mini-lights. The Wintergarden and Maze celebrates in William Penn’s original Center Square the 32 regional gardens and arboreta that make this region America’s Garden Capital. The CCD has partnered with Greater Philadelphia Gardens to celebrate the region’s horticultural heritage. America’s Garden Capital Maze was made possible by a generous $300,000 multi-year grant from the William Penn Foundation to the Center City District Foundation (CCDF).

The CCDF would like to thank the following from Greater Philadelphia Gardens for participating in the Dilworth Park Wintergarden: Ambler Arboretum, Arboretum at the Barnes Foundation, Awbury Arboretum, Bartram's Garden, Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve, Brandywine River Museum of Art, Camden Children's Garden, Chanticleer, Hagley Museum and Library, Haverford College Arboretum, Henry Botanic Garden, Henry Schmieder Arboretum, Hortulus Farm Garden & Nursery, Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens, Longwood Gardens, Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, Mt. Cuba Center, Nemours Estate, PHS Meadowbrook Farm, Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College, Shofuso Japanese House & Garden, Stoneleigh: A Natural Garden, The Barton Arboretum & Nature Preserve of Medford Leas, The Gardens at Mill Fleurs, The Highlands Mansion & Garden, The Philadelphia Zoo, The Woodlands, Tyler Arboretum, Tyler Formal Gardens at Bucks County Community College, Welkinweir, Winterthur, and Wyck. To learn more about America’s Garden Capital, please go to AMERICASGARDENCAPITAL.ORG.

The Rothman Institute Cabin offers an artfully crafted menu with offerings from Air Grille by Brûlée Catering, including items to purchase and share such as Poutine and Chili. Adults 21 and over can enjoy a glass of wine, a specialty cocktail featuring Jim Beam Apple or Effen Blood Orange Vodka, or a Sam Adams craft beer starting at 5:00 p.m. on weekdays, and 11:00 a.m. on weekends.

Tuesday nights are College Nights at the Rothman Institute Ice Rink, from November 15 through February 21, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. College students pay $2 for admission (skate rental not included) for an evening of fun with friends.

If you enjoyed summer’s Center City District Sips, you’ll love Cocktails and Cold OnesEvery Wednesday night from November 16 through February 22, 2017, you can stop by the Rothman Institute Cabin for Cocktails and Cold Ones with $5 Jim Beam Apple and Effen Blood Orange Vodka cocktails, $4 wine, and $3 Sam Adams drafts, along with specially priced food items from the Dilworth Park Air Grille, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

On Sundays, from November 13 through February 26, from Noon to 2:00 p.m., The Philadelphia Orchestra Presents Symphony Sundays, so you can enjoy music recorded by The Philadelphia Orchestra while you skate at the Rothman Institute Ice Rink. Once a month, professional ice skaters will perform to the Orchestra’s music. Please visit DILWORTHPARK.ORGfor dates and times of these performances.

“The combined Rothman Institute Rink and new Wintergarden attractions welcome residents, workers, students and visitors from throughout the city and the region and we hope people of all ages will enjoy the activities in Dilworth Park this winter season,” said Paul R. Levy, President and CEO of the Center City District. “The CCD is grateful to the generous sponsors who have made this exciting season possible.”

The Rothman Institute Cabin is the perfect place for holiday parties. To book your event, please contact Sarah Anello at 215.440.5507 or SANELLO@CENTERCITYPHILA.ORG.

For complete information about all the activities at Dilworth Park’s Wintergarden, please go to DILWORTHPARK.ORG. To learn more about America’s Garden Capital, please go to AMERICASGARDENCAPITAL.ORG.


Rothman Institute is a private orthopaedic practice dedicated to providing communities with high-quality, compassionate, and affordable musculoskeletal care that is grounded in evidence-based medicine, the results of which will exceed expectations. Rothman Institute orthopaedists treat patients at over 25 locations in the Philadelphia-region, including orthopaedic urgent care clinics in Marlton, NJ and Limerick, PA.

With experts in orthopaedic sub-specialties including spine, hip and knee, foot and ankle, shoulder and elbow, hand and wrist, sports medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation, orthopaedic oncology and trauma, Rothman Institute is internationally recognized for excellence in clinical treatment methods, research, education and technology.

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