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Regional Skate Drive Underway For Free Public Skating at Bushnell Park

(November 1, 2013) – Today it was announced by Mayor Pedro E. Segarra and iQuilt Chairwoman Bonnie Malley that a regional skate, coat, hat and glove drive is underway so that more families can enjoy free public skating at Bushnell Park as Winterfest Hartford gets ready to open on Friday, November 29, 2013. The season will run daily from the day after Thanksgiving until February 1, 2014.

People from all around come to enjoy ice skating, skating shows, historic Bushnell Park, and the City of Hartford as a choice destination for family fun and entertainment. East Hartford Mayor Marcia Leclerc, West Hartford Mayor Scott Slifka and Simsbury First Selectman Mary Glassman are leading skate drives in their communities as well.

“Last year almost 100,000 people enjoyed Winterfest Hartford from all over the state. We would like more families to come out and enjoy this wonderful Capital City event. Sometimes children have not been dressed adequately for the cold weather. This year’s coat drive will ensure that more children are dressed appropriately and ensure that our city and suburban families and enjoy their capital city during the holiday season,” said Hartford Mayor Pedro E. Segarra.

This year we are offering extended programming with a Winter Market in Bushnell Park. The Market will have over twenty artisan Vendors offering unique, handmade gift options and will be open Friday November 29th from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 30th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Skate Drive Drop-off Locations:

  • Hartford City Hall
  • Veterans Memorial Ice Skating Rink, West Hartford
  • East Hartford Town Hall
  • Champions Skating Rinks in Simsbury, Cromwell, and Bolton
  • Butler-McCook House

Generous sponsors to date include:

  • City of Hartford
  • USA Hauling and Recycling
  • The Hartford
  • Phoenix
  • Bank of America
  • Webster Bank
  • Reid and Riege

Winterfest 2013/2014 has also partnered with the Business Improvement District and the MetroHartford Alliance. For a current schedule of Winterfest activities and hours of the rink visit


Mary Coursey
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