With finishing touches, yet to be put on the renovation of what was once Oregon’s largest shopping center, the Lloyd Center opened its new ice-skating rink with a ribbon-cutting in mid-November.
The new, smaller oval rink gives skaters and spectators the feel of being more a part of the overall shopping experience compared to the larger rectangular rink which seemed to be down in the basement.
In addition to the different oval shape, the rink was shifted to the east, becoming a more central attraction of the newly revamped Center Court. Labeled “Lloyd Center Ice,” the rink is visible from all three levels of the shopping center where balconies overlook from three concentric oval cut-outs in the floor plan. Original ice-making equipment dating back to the opening of the mall was upgraded to new, energy-efficient technology for optimal efficiency.
Gracing the middle of the rink on opening day was a 50-foot Christmas tree. The tree complements the giant tree decorations that hang from the new translucent glass ceiling, additions that will remain for the holiday season. Adding to the outdoor feel of the rink will be magical indoor snowfalls to make the skating experience truly memorable.
Lloyd Center general manager Robert Dye expressed his pride, “We are excited to celebrate this moment with Portland – a tremendous amount of work has been dedicated to restoring this classical element of Lloyd Center’s history. It is truly Lloyd Center’s centerpiece!”
One of the first events to take place on the ice will be an appearance by Olympian Brian Boitano an Saturday December 3 at 11:00 A.M. Billed as a “holiday performance,” Boitano will skate to “Silent Night” and greet fans afterwards.