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The Ribbon, supported by the Hylant Family Foundation, is a 1,000 foot loop trail featuring rolling hills and soft curves for a uniquely Metroparks winter ice skating experience. The Ribbon is connected to a 5,000 square foot skating pond that offers a traditional ice rink experience for beginners and a series of special events and programs.

Ice skating is available throughout the cold weather season with the inaugural skating season set to open in November 2023 through February 2024. Admissions and skate rental will be available at the Market Hall building located near The Ribbon.

Metroparks Announces Special Ribbon Preview!

The community is invited to be the first to skate at The Ribbon at Glass City Metropark during limited behind-the-scenes preview days this February. During this special preview, capacity will be limited and advanced reservations are highly recommended. Preview prices, including skate rental, are $8 for adults and $6 for children. The experience is free for children 3 and younger.

Click the link below to make your reservation. Click Here to view the skate size chart.

Reservations

Advanced Reservations Required.

Preview Event Map [download]

Reservations are SOLD OUT for the following dates:

  • Saturday, February 4
  • Saturday, February 11 (Reservations are still available for the February 11 Valentine’s Skate sessions Register)

Ice Skating Contact Information 

Call 419-407-9717 or rinkmanagement@metroparkstoledo.com 

 

Programs & Special Events

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Valentine’s Skate at Glass City

Skate into Valentine's Day at Glass City's newest attraction! Bring yourself, your love, or your best  buds to glide around the new ice skating ribbon under the night sky. Warm up with hot chocolate inside beautiful Market Hall and get a first look  at what Glass City Metroparks Phase II has to offer. Make a tasty gourmet s'more, challenge yourself to love-inspired trivia and find out what your future holds with a game of MASH. Snap a pic at the selfie station to remember this night forever! Registration includes skate rental, Fee: $20 per person.

PARENT’S NIGHT OFF! (open to kids ages 5-12)

Located at the nearby Glass City Pavilion, our Kid’s Drop Off event will feature Metroparks staff taking kids, ages 5-12, to discover the fun of February and learn to love nature at Glass City Metropark while you enjoy a special Valentine’s skate at The Ribbon!  Spend the evening exploring the wonders of winter wildlife and nighttime nature through education-based stations, including crafts, games and self-guided free play activities. Activities are continuous throughout the session. Drop-off and pick-up can take place anytime during your time slot, and you may sign up for one or both sessions. Registration to the Kid’s Drop Off event includes a dinner of cheese pizza and hot cocoa. Fee: $18 per child.

Saturday, February 11, 5 to 6:30 p.m. or 7 to 8:30 p.m. Register

 

Ribbon Preview Days Open Skate Information

Open Tuesdays through Sundays, February 4 through February 20, 2023. Advanced Registrations Required.

Reservations

 

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About The Ribbon

The 1,000-foot long Ribbon is a paved, loop trail that is refrigerated in winter to provide 25,000-square-feet of ice skating surface with rolling hills and soft curves. It includes a 5,000-square-foot ice skating rink called the Pond that is suitable for beginning skaters and events. Fourteen miles of tubing under the pavement supplies refrigerant to the surface, while a Zamboni ice resurfacing machine will maintain a smooth skating surface.

In warm weather, The Ribbon will be a multi-purpose trail that will be free to use for walking, roller skating and scooters.

During the winter, the site will be managed by Rink Management Services Corp., the largest operator of ice skating facilities in the U.S. The company operates a variety or sports facilities nationwide, including the ice ribbon at Maggie Daley Park in Chicago.

Park Opening in Spring

A grand opening for the addition to Glass City Metropark is being planned for this spring. The park will include three, nature-themed playgrounds; a plaza for winter and summer activities; all-purpose trails for walking and bicycling; six cabanas beside The Ribbon that can be rented for small, private gatherings; and Market Hall. A restaurant operated by local company Poco Piatti will open in Market Hall when the park addition opens. A campground is expected to open in fall 2024.

Support The Ribbon

Partner with Metroparks Toledo to provide high-quality outdoor activities while generating awareness of your brand through unique opportunities. To discuss partnership opportunities please contact Ally Effler at 419-407-9708 or email Ally.Effler@metroparkstoledo.com.

Become a Metroparks Member

Become a Metroparks Member to support important Metroparks initiatives at The Ribbon and other programs throughout the district.

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FAQs

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