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Denver Feels the LUV with Second Season at the Skyline Rink

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Thanks to Southwest Airlines, LUV was in the air in Downtown Denver this winter!  For the second straight season, the Downtown Denver Partnership was proud to work with Southwest Airlines and Denver Parks & Recreation to bring the Southwest Rink at Skyline Park to our city center. 

We closed out the 2011-2012 season on Southwest Airlines’ favorite holiday—Valentine’s Day! We encouraged skaters to take a free photo in the LUV-themed photo booth to be entered to win one of ten pairs of roundtrip tickets to any of Southwest’s 73 destinations, including new service to Atlanta. 

2011-2012 Season by the numbers:
This season at the Southwest Rink was a huge success: even more days of skating, even more skaters, even more marriage proposals and even more free skating lessons! A few highlights –
  • Total Attendance: 42,826 (that’s more than 11,000 skaters over last year’s total!)
  • Kids 12 and under who skated free on Sundays: 3011
  • Adults and kids who participated in the free Learn to Skate Lessons on Saturday mornings: 364
  • Adults and kids who skated FREE from various coupons, through their schools and special events: 4719
  • Marriage proposals: 8
  • Broomball Challenge
    • 24 broomball teams during the 2012 Broomball Challenge
    • 87 goals scored in 12 games
    • $5,100 raised for charity (Volunteers of America and Parade of Lights)
  • Skating Mascots: 1 (Miles the Broncos Mascot)
  • Skating fruit: 1 (Georgia Peach promoting Southwest Airlines new DEN-ATL route)
  • Live animals: 2 (Pete & Penny Penguin from Sea World San Diego) 
Pete
 
  • Skate N’ Flicks Movies shown: 5
  • Photos Taken in Photo Booth: 2628
Laura Karissa
 

Surrounded by Denver’s urban core, the Southwest Rink was located in Skyline Park next to the historic Daniels and Fisher Clock Tower near the intersection of 16th Street and Arapahoe. With FREE skating for the public with the option to bring skates or rent a pair for just $2, the Rink played host to families and friends enjoying a free or low-cost afternoon.

The Southwest Rink has contributed to a vibrant Downtown atmosphere through activities for all ages, from Learn to Skate for kids and adults to Broomball Challenges for the business community. Thank you to Southwest Airlines for LUVing Downtown Denver for the second skating season!