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Oh, What Fun it is to Skate

The new Color Burst Ice Rink at Merriweather District is opening for the 2020 – 2021 season! We’re excited to bring more joy to Downtown Columbia this winter with a safe and enjoyable outdoor experience for the entire family. Our rink welcomes you with festive décor – the perfect place for date nights and family outings. There will be plenty of celebrations and themed events throughout the season, as well as music and food trucks. Skate up an appetite? Head over to a local restaurant for a great, safe indoor or grab-and-go meal. See you on the ice!

For the safety and convenience of all guests, a limited number of visitors will be admitted to the ice rink every 30-minutes.  All visits must be reserved in advance by purchasing a timed ticket(s) online. All visitors will receive a confirmation email with a safety waiver and a receipt.  Entry is not guaranteed to those who walk up to purchase tickets. 

Those who attempt the “walk-up” purchase of tickets in-person, will be shown a QR-code to  purchase tickets on their smartphones; if the present time is fully-booked, the guest will be shown other available times to skate.

Upcoming Events

Friday, January 22, 4-9pm

CURED/DTC PARTNERSHIP FOOD & BEVERAGE POP-UP — Cured/18th & 21st will be onsite with hot chocolate and hot cider (both spiked and regular available), lite bites, holiday treats and additional beverages available for purchase.

Saturday, January 23, 12-8pm

CURED/DTC PARTNERSHIP FOOD & BEVERAGE POP-UP — Cured/18th & 21st will be onsite with hot chocolate and hot cider (both spiked and regular available), lite bites, holiday treats and additional beverages available for purchase.

Sunday, January 24, 12-7pm

CURED/DTC PARTNERSHIP FOOD & BEVERAGE POP-UP — Cured/18th & 21st will be onsite with hot chocolate and hot cider (both spiked and regular available), lite bites, holiday treats and additional beverages available for purchase.

Sunday, January 24, 8:30pm

PERFORMANCE BY COLUMBIA FIGURE SKATING CLUB — The Columbia Figure Skating Club will be putting on a special choreographed performance!

Monday, January 25

HALF OFF FOR HOCO — Howard County Government employees, first responders, and their immediate family members skate for only $7! Employee ID required and must be presented when entering the rink. Tickets include skate rental.

Tuesday, January 26

CHEAP SKATE TUESDAY — Everyone skates for just $10! Tickets include skate rental.

Wednesday, January 27

OAKLAND MILLS ONLINE DISCOUNT SKATE DAY — Oakland Mills Online community members and their family skate for $7!

Thursday, January 28

DISTRICT MOTHERHUED DISCOUNT SKATE DAY — District Motherhued members and their family skate for $7!

Monday, February 1, 2021 // 4-9PM

Half- Price Skating Admission ($7)

Come celebrate our final day with a family-friendly event honoring the birthday of poet and Busboys and Poets namesake, Langston Hughes. Poetry on Ice will feature live music, spoken word performances, a pop-up bookstore, prizes and more.

Get a taste of what’s coming to Merriweather District in 2021 with food and beverages by Busboys and Poets and cocktails sponsored by The Downtown Columbia Partnership.

Another treat? Skating admission is just $7!

Must purchase an Ice Skating Pass to Attend. Rain Date February 2nd.

Before you Lace Up

LOCATION: Color Burst Ice Rink is located at Color Burst Park in Merriweather District, Downtown Columbia. It is a 6,000 square-foot rink. Color Burst Ice Rink will operate at reduced capacity, in compliance with recommendations for outdoor activities from the State of Maryland and Howard County.

HOURS: You will have a 75-minute skate period beginning when you enter the rink

  • Monday – Thursday 4 – 9PM
  • Friday 4 – 10PM
  • Saturday Noon – 10PM
  • Sunday Noon – 8PM

TICKETS: Tickets are required and guests are strongly encouraged to purchase in advance of your visit. For any ticket-related requests or questions, please email #ob#pbybeohefgevax#at#vaprevaxriragf.pbz#ob# or call (941) 718-8133.

  • Adults $14
  • Kids $14

EVERY MONDAY: Half Off for HoCo! All Howard County Government employees, first responders and their immediate family members skate for $7 each!

EVERY TUESDAY: Reduced ticket price of $10 for kids and adults!

Price includes admission and skate rental. Walk-up admission is permitted; however, you will need to scan a QR Code onsite to find the next available skate.

Children skate-aids are now available onsite to rent for $5 for the duration of your 75-minute skate period (credit card preferred but cash is also accepted).

SEASON PASSES: Season passes are now available for $150 and valid through 1/31/21. Passes are available for purchase directly through the rink operator or by emailing #ob#pbybeohefgevax#at#vprevaxriragf.pbz#ob#.

RENTALS: For private rink rental inquiries, please contact #ob#pbybeohefgevax#at#vprevaxriragf.pbz#ob#

PARKING: Free parking is available at Symphony Woods Garage located at 6275 Mango Tree Road, Columbia, MD 21044

FAQs: Download our PDF for frequently asked questions.  For easy reference, here is a summary of our COVID-19 guidelines:
The health and well-being of our guests and staff remains our top priority and we’ve implemented changes to keep you skating safely during the current pandemic.

  • Tickets must be purchased online in advance, with a specific reservation time, to reduce person-to-person contact.
  • Only skaters and one non-skating parent/guardian are allowed into the ice rink venue.
  • Ice rink capacity has been reduced significantly to allow for social distancing.
  • Staff and skaters will be required to wear a mask or face covering at all times.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available for guests throughout the venue.
  • High-touch points and equipment will be frequently disinfected.
  • Ice rink staff procedures have been revised to allow for social distancing and monitoring.

CONTACT: For additional questions or inquiries, please contact #ob#pbybeohefgevax#at#vprevaxriragf.pbz#ob# or (941) 718-8133.

Customers and Employees must remain 100% masked at all times.

We have installed hand-sanitizing stations at the skate rental counter and ticket exchange. Our comprehensive cleaning program includes hourly wipe downs of equipment and high-touch areas and disinfected skates after each use. Benches and queue lines will be socially distanced by 6 feet. Online E-ticket system allows for 36 tickets per hour to avoid large gatherings at the entrance.

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