“Penguins Pond” Opens To Public On South Side

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — There are plenty of winter-themed activities going on around Pittsburgh this weekend, including the opening of the “Penguins Pond” on the South Side.

The Penguins’ outdoor rink opened to skaters Friday evening, but an official grand opening ceremony was held Saturday morning at 11 a.m.

The rink is located at the intersection of 26th and Sidney Streets in the South Side Works complex, and will operate daily through Jan. 8.

KDKA’s Ross Guidotti reports:

Last year’s outdoor rink was built on the North Shore as part of the Winter Classic.

It was so popular, the Penguins, Highmark, the Urban Redevelopment Authority, rink operator Magic Ice USA and the Soffer Organization decided to do it again this holiday season – this time on Pittsburgh’s South Side.

Photo Gallery: NewsChopper 2 over the ice rink!

The boards and glass are part of Penguins’ history; they are from the old Civic Arena.

No. 19, he’s part of hockey history, too. Former Penguin, hockey Hall of Famer and seven-time Stanley Cup champion Bryan Trottier hit the sheet Saturday afternoon as well. It was a far cry from his first backyard rink in western Canada.

“We didn’t have like these really cool boards and the glass,” said Trottier. “We had chicken wire around our little rink and the boards were made out of, I think, one by four – it might have been pine or something. We were constantly fixing it.”

Joining Trottier at the grand opening were Pens’ mascot Iceburgh, the Penguins’ Ice Crew and Penguins’ fans of all ages.

Public skating will be available at the rink every day, and Trottier recommends trying it out.

“It’s a sense of freedom,” he said of skating outdoors. “I’m 8-years-old all over again. This is really kind of a fun day for me.”

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  • jerry

    It is a nice skating rink for everyone that the penguins gave for the people of Pittsburgh and Allegheny county. I am a loyal Penguin fan, but I do NOT understand why they (pittsburgh penguins)NEVER do anything for the fans that support and live in WESTMORELAND county.Thank you .

  • Chris

    Probably because they are not the Westmoreland Count Penguins…idiot.

  • jerry

    They are not called THE ALLEGHENY COUNTY PENGUINS either.DUMMY…………………..THANK YOU>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  • ev

    would be nice if the rink was open all winter

  • Critter

    At least a certain element do not ice skate so no crime.

  • Paul Steigerwald

    Hey guys, let’s try to refrain from the name calling. The Penguins are everyone’s team. Did you see our feature on Elk County last night? Even the good folks up there are Penguins fans and we are happy to have them.

  • Lotsoching

    How much does it cost to skate on the rink?

  • ev

    $7 for adults and $6 for seniors and kids.. check the penguins website for hours. and you probably have to pay to park onstreet or a garage

    and remember this rink olympic sized not like the small rec rink at PPG

  • austin

    im playing here for my high school hockey game and i cant wait it looks so awesome!

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