Providence renames city center, ice skating rink

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The ice skating rink in Providence officially has a new name.

What was formerly known as the Alex & Ani City Center will now be called the BankNewport City Center.

“Providence is growing as a regional and global destination due to our thriving culinary scene, historic architecture, vibrant arts community, and range of free and family-friendly activities,” Mayor Jorge Elorza said. “Whether you live in Providence or are just visiting, the Creative Capital offers something for families and people of all ages to enjoy.”

BankNewport is paying approximately $275,000 to the city for the name change.

“The opportunity to have BankNewport’s brand presence in downtown Providence is the perfect complement to our entry into the Providence metro and statewide markets,” BankNewport President and CEO Sandra Pattie said. “The BankNewport City Center will continue to play an integral role in the heart of the City’s cultural downtown. It’s a space where our community gathers for all kinds of events, programs and celebrations, and we look forward to the benefits this new partnership will bring to BankNewport, the City of Providence and our neighbors across Rhode Island.”

Under its new name, the rink was reopened for the 2019-2020 season Thursday.

The rink will be open for ice skating daily between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. Information on pricing and season passes can be found online. Providence residents can skate free on the first Saturday of each month.

Ice bumper cars will also be making a return this season and will be available Monday through Friday from 4-8 p.m. and on weekends from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It costs $12 per person for 15 minutes.

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