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November 30, 2018


SAN FRANCISCO (November 30, 2018) —The Winter Park at Civic Center, an all-new ice experience steps away from San Francisco’s City Hall, celebrated its inaugural season of skating and festive events this morning with an official opening day ceremony. The fun-filled festive event featured remarks from Mayor London N. Breed, Phil Ginsburg (General Manager of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department), Willy Bietak (President of Willy Bietak Productions), and Olympic gold medal-winning figure skater Brian Boitano. Entertainment was provided by international “ice-hooping” performer Mayumi Namikoshi, professional skating pair Cali Fujimoto & Nick Barsi-Rhyne, The San Francisco Ice Theatre, children from the Yerba Buena Ice Skating Center, and more. Afterwards, 200 children from San Francisco City Academy, Redding Elementary, and Boitano’s Youth Skate program took to the ice for the first skate of the season.

The Winter Park will be open daily from 12–10 p.m. through Sunday, January 6, 2019. Ticket prices for regular admission are $20 for adults and $5–15 for children eight years old and under (based on time of skating session), with figure skate or hockey skate rental included in the cost of admission. Tickets can be purchased online in advance at and are also available at the ice rink ticket window (355 McAllister St. in San Francisco). Group rates and private parties are also available on The Winter Park at Civic Center website.

Modeled after the internationally-famed Wiener Eistraum—an ice-skating rink located in the City Hall Square of Vienna, Austria—The Winter Park will be the first attraction of its kind, not just in the Bay Area but throughout the United States. Nestled among other cultural institutions like the Asian Art Museum, American Conservatory Theater’s Strand Theater, San Francisco Public Library, Davies Symphony Hall and City Hall, the ice rink and 400 sq. ft. track will weave through a lighted tree forest. The Winter Park will continue to expand, evolving into an adventure park on ice with new interactive elements for the whole family added each year.

Civic Center is undergoing expansive changes that will breathe new life into the City’s central civic spaces. The Winter Park joins a host of new attractions and amenities, including the Helen Diller Civic Center Playground, the Bi-Rite Cafe, Heart of the City Farmers’ Market and Off the Grid food truck market, and more. Willy Bietak Productions is working closely with San Francisco Recreation & Park Department to make Civic Center a family-friendly holiday destination.

Additionally, there are several initiatives to make this festive winter wonderland accessible to the entire Bay Area community. These include the Tenderloin Community Benefit Program, which invited each public school (grades K–12) in the Tenderloin district to experience The Winter Park free of charge through school-organized field trips, as well as several programs benefitting homeless and low-income neighbors.

The Winter Park will also host a series of special events, including Learn to Curl Sessions, First Responders Appreciation Days, iHeart Wednesdays, and more. Tickets for special events are available online on the San Francisco Events page.

The lineup of special events for the season are listed below.

 Learn to Curl | Sundays: December 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, 2018 | 10:30–11:30 a.m.

Instructors from the Granite Curling Club will offer curling lessons every Sunday at The Winter Park at Civic Center. Attendees will grab their brooms and learn the ins and outs of this fun winter sport that’s sweeping the nation. Lessons are rain or shine! Tickets are $20 and will be available on Eventbrite at a later date. Space is limited to 30 participants per session.

First Responders Appreciation Days | December 3–4, 2018 | 12–5:30 p.m.

Come out to celebrate the people who give their all—during the holidays and every other day of the year! The Winter Park is pleased to honor all first responders during the holidays. Each first responder, along with one guest, will receive free admission with proof of ID when presented at the ticket window. Each additional guest will receive $1 off admission. Advance ticket purchases are not available on Eventbrite; free admission and discounts are only available on December 3-4 at the ticket window.

iHeart Wednesdays| Wednesdays: December 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2018| 6–10 p.m.

iHeartRadio is tune-ing up the heat! Every Wednesday night in December, iHeartRadio will host two skating sessions dedicated to a well-known and well-loved musical artist or genre, including: Justin Timberlake Night (December 5), Divas Part I Night (December 12), ‘80s Night (December 19) and Divas Part II (December 26). Take it back to the ‘80s (and ‘90s and early 2000s) at these special on-ice events at The Winter Park at Civic Center in San Francisco!

Xfinity Free Skate Night | Friday, December 7, 2018 | 6–7:30 p.m. & 8–9:30 p.m.

Xfinity is providing free skating and ice skate rental at these select sessions. There will also be free games at the kids zone, a photo booth, giveaways & raffles. First come, first serve. Limited to the first 400 people per session. No rainchecks.

Holidaybreaker | Saturday, December 8, 2018 | 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

The global Daybreaker movement brings wellness, dance and community together to help people start their day with energy and intention. Join us for our own Holidaybreaker yoga and dance party and let it all out – on and off the ice!

Socks in the City | December 21–23 | 12–10 p.m.

Together with St. Anthony’s Foundation, help us provide new socks for those in need. In the spirit of giving, bring in a pair of socks (or two!) to donate when you come to skate.

Sponsors of The Winter Park

Xfinity, VOLTA by Cirque du Soleil, Diageo, Eventbrite, Cova Hotel, Phoenix Hotel, Tilden Hotel, John’s Grill, Clif Kid, Bare Snacks, NBC Bay Area, BART, SFMTA, STAR 101.3, 98.1 The Breeze, 106.1 KMEL, iHeart80s @ 103.7, WiLD 94.9, Real Talk 910 and Telemundo 48.

The Winter Park Social Media Links

Official Hashtag  #WinterParkIceRinkSF


Twitter @WinterParkRink

Instagram  @WinterParkRink


Ice Skating B-Roll Video

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About The Winter Park at Civic Center

The Winter Park at Civic Center is celebrating its inaugural year. In partnership with the San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department, Willy Bietak Productions is working to enliven Civic Center and make it a family-friendly holiday destination for locals and visitors alike. This festive, winter wonderland includes an ice rink and track which will weave through a lighted tree forest. It will continue to expand, evolving into an adventure park on ice over with new interactive elements for the whole family added each year. Ticket prices for regular admission are $20 for adults and $5–15 for children eight years old and under (based on time of skating session), with figure skate or hockey skate rental included in the cost of admission. Ice rink hours are from 12–10 p.m. daily. For tickets or more information, please visit or call 415-757-0014.

About Willy Bietak Productions

Santa Monica-based Willy Bietak Productions is a full-service production company specializing in the development and production of high quality family entertainment. With a staff of award-winning designers, directors, choreographers and musical arrangers – backed by a talented production and management team – Willy Bietak Productions conceives, packages and tours international entertainment spectaculars as well as special events. For more information, please visit

About the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department

The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department currently manages more than 220 parks, playgrounds and open spaces throughout San Francisco, including two outside city limits—Sharp Park in Pacifica and Camp Mather in the High Sierras. The system includes full-complex recreation centers, swimming pools, golf courses, sports fields and numerous small-to-medium-sized clubhouses that offer a variety of sports- and arts-related recreation programs for people of all ages. Included in the Department’s responsibilities are Golden Gate Park, Coit Tower, the Marina Yacht Harbor, the San Francisco Zoo and Lake Merced. In 2017, San Francisco became the first and only city in the nation where all residents have access to a park within a 10-minute walk, a direct result of the Department’s commitment to increasing and improving parkland in the city.


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