An Outdoor Skate Rink in Wilmington?

by Nov 20, 2018Across the Cape Fear, Wilmington

Outdoor Ice Skating Comes to Wilmington

A synthetic ice-skating rink guarantees family fun for the 2018 holiday season.

Yes, you read that right. An outdoor skating rink will open in Mayfaire Town Center on Wednesday, November 21 at 10 am and will be there through January 1, 2019.

Outdoor Ice Rink at Mayfaire Wilmington North CarolinaThis all started several years ago when Ben Rhodes saw his hometown of Rockingham, N.C., put together a similar facility. “They did it for three years, and it looked like such a good idea, I had to go check it out,” Rhodes says. “I thought this could definitely work at the beach.”

Rhodes, who owns Cape Fear Beach Rentals and is an officiant for high school football, basketball and lacrosse, has two other partners in the skating rink venture: Megan Petruska, owner of Petal Provisions, a floral and event company; and Clark Shay, a real estate agent and owner of Sport City, which hosts a local series of intramural adult recreation leagues.

The three of them have been working on getting the Holiday Skate Rink together since August and are excited to be able to provide this service for the Cape Fear Region.

“We are just excited about bringing something that the family can enjoy doing together around the holidays,” Rhodes says. It will be a great activity for friends and family, but Rhodes is also open to large groups booking events for birthday parties, corporate team building, church outings, etc. “We really want to get everyone to come out and give it a try,” he says.

How Is Mayfaire’s Synthetic Ice Rink Put Together?

Wilmington Outdoor ice skatingBasically, it looks like cutting board material. Once the panels are in place, pegs hold the bottom floor together. Then the sides are constructed to complete the structure of the rink. It took Rhodes, Petruska and Shay, with the help of others about five hours total to construct the panels and sides. The synthetic ice is a solid polymer material that is designed for skating and uses normal metal bladed ice skates. 

Know Before You Go: All About the Holiday Skate Rink at Mayfaire

  • The skating surface is 40 feet by 80 feet.
  • Maximum amount of skaters allowed in the rink at one time will be 75.


  • Minimum age to skate is 4 years old, and anyone younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult on the ice.
  • Skaters should arrive at least 20 minutes early prior to their skate time to sign a waiver and get skates on. Everyone MUST sign a waiver.
  • Waivers will be signed onsite; an online waiver will not be available.
  • You can bring your own skates, or book them online for $5.
  • Cost is $10 for 50 minutes of skate time. You can book your time to start on the hour or half hour.
  • It is recommended to make a reservation for your skate time online at
  • The rink is located on International Drive in the parking lot across from Belk.

Hours Open to the Public

Hours are 5 to 10 pm Monday through Friday, 10 am to 10 pm on Saturdays and 12 to 9 pm on Sundays from November 21 until December 14. From December 15 to January 1, hours are 10 am to 10 pm every day.

The Ice Rink Benefactors

The Holiday Skate Rink at Mayfaire is sponsored by Cadence Realty, Sport City Rec, Noelle Agnew with Don Bullard Insurance, The Humphries Law Firm, Coastal Massage & Spa, The Lea/Shultz Law Firm P.C., A Structure Guy, A-1 Tree Service, Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators, Cloudwyze, Cape Fear Beach Rentals, Designs by JMB, Elite Electric, Glam & Grace, Heavenly Kettle Corn, Petal Provisions, On Q Financial and Surfside Express.

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Holiday Skate Rink at Mayfaire

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