Press release

Rothman Institute Ice Rink Returns to Dilworth Park


Expanded Wintergarden Attractions Include America’s Garden Capital Maze

PHILADELPHIA (October 24, 2016) – The Rothman Institute Ice Rink will reopen on the north side of Dilworth Park for a third season on Friday, November 11, Veterans Day, 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. Rink, cabin and grille will remain open for business until Sunday, February 26, 2017. They will be complemented on the south side of the park by the new Dilworth Park Wintergarden, featuring America’s Garden Capital Maze, and 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.

On Opening Day at the Rothman Institute Ice Rink, following a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Noon featuring a Salute to Veterans that includes a presentation of colors and the unfurling of a large American flag across the ice, veterans and active military with ID can skate free. 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, and everyone is asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the Liberty USO Thanksgiving Basket Drive.

“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 will be $3 for children 10 and under, $5 for adults, and skate rental will be $10. Hours will be 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. For holiday hours, please check the Dilworth Park website, WWW.DILWORTHPARK.ORG.

Learn to Skate lessons are available at the Rothman Institute Ice Rink. Five-week sessions are $99 and include lessons, admission and skate rental. The Rothman Rink is accessible for everyone again this season. 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 schedule changes and closures due to inclement weather, please follow us on Twitter @CCDPARKS. Dilworth Park offers convenient access to SEPTA’s Broad Street, Market-Frankford and Trolley Lines. Multiple SEPTA Bus Routes stop at City Hall/Dilworth Park and Regional Rail is just steps away. Visit to plan your trip to the Rothman Institute Ice Rink at Dilworth Park.

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.

Also opening on Friday, November 11, is America’s Garden Capital Maze, on the Albert M. Greenfield Lawn, as the Center City District (CCD) partners with Greater Philadelphia Gardens to celebrate the region’s horticultural heritage, made possible by a generous $300,000 grant from the William Penn Foundation to the Center City District Foundation (CCDF).

America’s Garden Capital Mazedesigned by Groundswell Design Group, for both children and adults, features willow-branch archways, evergreens, trees, perennials, shrubs, and topiary sculptures from 32 area gardens as part of a Maze with colorful winter plantings adorned with twinkling mini-lights.

On November 19, Dilworth Park will reprise the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market, featuring approximately 35 local artisans, designers, crafters and confectionaries offering unique selections for gifts and special holiday foods in white, festively lit tents topped with original Herrnhut stars.  The Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market will remain open seven days a week through Christmas Eve.

“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.”

There’s even more!

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’ll want to 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 WWW.DILWORTHPARK.ORG for dates and times of these performances.

Through a partnership with SEPTA, the Santa Express will arrive in Dilworth Park on Friday, November 25, and Santa will join the skaters on the ice at the Rothman Institute Ice Rink. SEPTA will decorate its trains and offer everyone a jolly, holiday ride to the Wintergarden at Dilworth Park. The celebration hits Dilworth Park at 10:30 a.m. and the fun will continue until Noon.

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.

For a map of the Dilworth Park Wintergarden, CLICK HERE [PDF].                                     


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.

Consistently recognized as national and regional “Top Docs,” Rothman Institute is proud to be the first practice serving as official team physicians for all four of the major professional sports teams in one city, the Philadelphia Eagles, Phillies, Flyers and 76ers, as well as over 40 college and high school teams.

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