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There’s an ice rink in Rancho Cordova?

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Just off Highway 50, in a city far, far away, skaters are strapping on the blades and cutting wide circles around Sacramento’s newest outdoor holiday rink.

Maybe not so far away.  It’s in Rancho Cordova.  It’s beautiful.  And they won it.

Last summer, Rancho Cordovans surprised everybody by racking up more than 2.5 million votes in a nationwide contest sponsored by the venerable Reader’s Digest.  After weeks of online voting, and outpacing cities much larger — and much smaller —  Rancho Cordova ended up in first place — and holding a $40,000 check.

Along the way, citizens of this city of 65,000 expressed what they would do with the money if they were lucky enough to win it.  In post after post, they said something like this:  "Provide something for kids to do."

Several months later, that’s just what they have done: a glistening outdoor ice rink, and all comers are welcome.

Located just south of Highway 50 at the Zinfandel Drive exit, a towering three-story high Ferris wheel marks the spot.  It spins and flashes brightly colored lights, telling you the ice rink is nearby.

Allstate Insurance is the big corporate sponsor of the Rancho Cordova Holiday Ice Rink, and besides the Reader’s Digest winnings, both the non-profit Cordova Community Council and City of Rancho Cordova are major backers.  Nearly 30 more Rancho Cordova businesses, churches and community groups are also supporting the rink, which was opened with substantial fanfare on Nov. 17.

Since then, the community’s 30-foot Christmas tree has been lit during a spectacular tree lighting festival, figure skaters have performed dazzling holiday routines and skaters are showing up for everything from preschool field trips to birthday parties. 

"We don’t have the only holiday ice rink in the region, but we certainly have the most beautiful," said Lee Frechette, who is the chairman of the ice rink efforts of the Cordova Community Council.  "The Ferris wheel is an amazing landmark and offers the best view in the region — especially if you come at sunset." 

A miniature train ride, concessions and hot buttery kettle corn popping away rinkside make it a party.

The Rancho Cordova Holiday Ice Rink is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily through Jan. 16.  Located at 3151 Zinfandel Drive, take the Zinfandel exit and head south.  Turn left on Data Drive and you are there.

Tickets and information are available online at www.RanchoCordovaIceRink.com or at the ticket office onsite.  Tickets are $5.50 for children 12 and under, and adults 62 and older.  Adults are $8.50.  Skate rental will cost you another $2.  Special rates apply for groups of 10 or more, who score free skate rental. Ferris wheel, train rides and snacks are extra, but worth the price for a great family-friendly outing.

For more information, call the Cordova Community Council at (916) 273-5704.



Editor’s Note:  The Cordova Community Council is 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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