The Humboldt Ice Rink committee is bringing back the temporary ice rink to Humboldt County. The rink is scheduled to be in Fortuna, California located at the Newburg Park for the second year, November 13th, 2016 through January 8th, 2017. The rink will serve Humboldt County for an eight week period. Public skating hours when school is out 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday - Thursday and 10 a.m.-10pm Friday! When school is in session we will be open to the public 2pm to 8pm Monday through Thursday, 2pm to 10pm Friday, 10am to 10pm on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Please see our pricing and hours tab for more information. We are counting on this amenity to be another magical attraction to spending your holidays in Humboldt. We want to enhance the quality of life in all of Humboldt County by providing a unique attraction that all walks of life can enjoy. This year we have holiday decorations, holiday music, smiles, laughter and more. A group of local business owners started working on this project in September of 2014. These dedicated business owners have spent countless hours working to bring something new to Humboldt County during the winter months.
The rink will be staffed by local community groups, including various school clubs and sporting teams, local service clubs, and more. Each organization that staffs 7-10 people per a 6-hour shift will receive a $300 donation to their organization. Each service organization must sign up to work at least two shifts in order to receive the donation. There are shifts available if you are interested. In the spring of 2015, an HSU intern study was done on the Humboldt Ice Rink. Based off their findings, 55% of Humboldt County could afford to utilize the rink at least once during the 6 week period. Being conservative, the Humboldt Ice Rink committee projected 11,000 ice skaters over the 6-week period versus the 65,000 projected by the HSU interns.
We are currently looking to book schools in the mornings from 9 am-11 am & 11 am-1 pm and some schools will be using this as a physical education field trip; while other schools use the rink as an incentive field trip. Our county teachers and administrators are beyond excited for the opportunity to bring their students back to the Humboldt Ice Rink. Due to the overwhelming school turnout, the rink will not be open to the public during the schools' skating time slots. This year, the rink will be open for school field trips December 4th-8th, 11th-15th, and 18th-23rd. Due to the limited space available for school field trips, we will be requiring full payment to secure your booking. To keep it simple, it will be $5 per student in your class. If you arrive on your field trip with less students, we will issue you a refund.
In the last two years, the support from our businesses community, throughout the county, has been beyond motivating. We have had over 70 sponsors, some of which were two year sponsors, that have contributed over $70,000 to the Ice Rink. We are currently seeking this year's thirty plus sponsors to hit our much needed number of $30,000+. We also had a number of businesses that have supported this endeavor by offering services for the rink. We would not have been able to offer the rink the last two years with out the help of Spencer Electric.
The first year the rink required a $7,000 electrical upgrade to Newburg Park as it was not ready for the power needed for an ice rink. Last year we ordered a larger rink and unbeknownst to us we would need an additional $7,000 upgrade. In addition to Spencer Electric $2000 donating for 2015-16, they offered to donate almost all of the $7,000 that was required for last year's rink!!!! Humboldt Ice Rink is so grateful for the support from Spencer Electric.
Currently, we are still seeking sponsor for the 2017-18 Humboldt Ice Rink. For more information or to see a list of our 2016-17 sponsors please click here! All proceeds made from the 2017-2018 Humboldt Ice Rink will go directly into the bank to fund the rink for 2018-2019. This committee is focused on creating an outdoor winter activity to serve the children and families of Humboldt County and our surrounding areas. If you have any questions please call 707-672-6820 or email us
Thank you so much for your support. We all understand we cannot do this by ourselves, and appreciate all your help.