Panther Island Ice to Host FWISD Schools on Skates Program
by Royce Redfearn | Nov 16, 2015
This year students from 18 FWISD elementary schools will skate at Panther Island Ice, free of charge. FORT WORTH, TX – Thanks to a partnership between the Trinity River Vision Authority, The Fort Worth Chamber, 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 FWISD elementary schools to experience ice skating at Panther Island Ice. TRVA is hosting 18 schools this year with hopes to expand in future years to include additional schools. The program will kick off tomorrow from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. with students from Meadowbrook Elementary. “We are so excited to be able to work with FWISD to give our hard-working kids this special opportunity,” said Trinity River Vision Authority Executive Director, J.D. Granger. “We look forward to continuing the tradition in the years to come and giving additional elementary schools in FWISD this opportunity,” he said. The Trinity River Vision Authority has partnered with the Fort Worth Chamber and Bank of Texas who have generously covered the cost of student transportation for the FWISD Schools on Skates program. Blue Zones Project – Fort Worth has also partnered to donate healthy snacks for students while they are at the ice rink. “The FWISD Schools on Skates Program is a great example of a public/private partnership to get our kids outside and moving naturally- which is a key component of the Blue Zones Initiative,” said Suzanne Duda, Vice President for Blue Zones Project, Fort Worth. “We’re thrilled that we can provide a healthy snack – another component of our well-being initiative – to fuel students around the ice rink,” she said. 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 Trustee – District 2. “Without the program most of these students would not have had the opportunity to experience the ice rink,” she said. Back for its third year, the rink at 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 $11 and includes skate rentals and sales tax. Discounts are available to active-duty military, Guard, Reservists, veterans and their families. 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.