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Panther island Ice to Host
FWISD Schools on Skates Program


November 12, 2018

Panther Island Ice to Host FWISD Schools on Skates Program

Schools on Skates Media Day to be held on November 14th from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

FORT WORTH, TX – Thanks to a partnership between the Trinity River Vision Authority, Bank of Texas and Blue Zones Project – Fort Worth thousands of FWISD elementary students will get the opportunity to experience Fort Worth’s only outdoor ice skating rink, Panther Island Ice.

FWISD Schools on Skates is a program which will allow students from 23 FWISD elementary schools to experience ice skating at Panther Island Ice. The media is invited for photo and interview opportunities on Wednesday, November 14th from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. to kick off the Schools on Skates Program with students from Greenbriar Elementary.

The Trinity River Vision Authority has partnered with Bank of Texas who have generously covered the cost of student transportation for the FWISD Schools on Skates program. “We are proud to partner with Trinity River Vision Authority again this year to support Fort Worth ISD and ensure as many children as possible have the opportunity to enjoy Panther Island Ice,” said Mark Nurdin, Fort Worth Region President and CEO for Bank of Texas. “Panther Island Ice is becoming a holiday tradition for families in our community and we are looking forward to another exceptional year.” Blue Zones Project – Fort Worth has also partnered to donate healthy snacks for students while they are at the ice rink.

According to FWISD the majority of schools participating in the program are considered Title I schools which mean they serve economically disadvantaged neighborhoods. “We are so excited to launch this program with the Trinity River Vision Authority and give some of our very deserving students a chance to experience one of Fort Worth’s newest holiday traditions,” said Tobi Jackson, FWISD Board President. “Without the program most of these students would not have had the opportunity to experience the ice rink,” she said.

Panther Island Ice is located at Coyote Drive-In and will have the Downtown skyline as a picturesque backdrop. The ice rink is separate from the drive-in and a ticket to Coyote is not necessary to skate. However, Panther Island Ice patrons can still utilize the ample parking along with other Coyote amenities such as restrooms and the popular Coyote Canteen.

Admission is $12 and includes skate rentals and sales tax. Tickets can be purchased online in advance or at the rink. Discounts are available to active-duty military, Guard, Reservists, veterans and their families. Additional discounts are available online, visit for more information. Group discounts are also available for parties of 15 or more but advance arrangements must be made. Panther Island Ice is open seven days a week including holidays such as Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Panther Island Ice is made possible from generous contributions by our sponsors including: silver level sponsors Blue Zones Fort Worth, Lockheed Martin, Tarrant County College, Tarleton State University – Fort Worth Campus, Bank of Texas and our media sponsors 92.1 Hank FM, 95.9 The Ranch, and Guide Live. Panther Island Ice benefits TRVA’s continued programming and river recreation initiatives.