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The Royal Oak Rink opens Saturday at Centennial Commons.

Detroit’s downtown ice rink at Campus Martius Park isn’t the area’s only outdoor rink.

This year, downtown Royal Oak will also have one.

The Royal Oak Rink opens at Centennial Commons at 11 a.m. Saturday with a weekend of free skating, rentals, marshmallow roasting, and more.

The rink will host performances from the New Edge Skating Club in Royal Oak and the Detroit Skating Club in Bloomfield Hills on Saturday. There will also be live music from James Wailin and Bobby East of The Reefermen and Detroit R&B artist Alise King on Saturday, with the Oneders performing two sets on Sunday.

The rink measures 60 feet x 90 feet and can accommodate up to 250 skaters at a time. The attraction will be open until February 19, 2023.

The rink is sponsored by M3 Investment Services.

“One of the main reasons M3 Investment Services calls Royal Oak home is the tremendous sense of community here,” said CEO Mike Pesendorfer. “When we were asked to support the new Centennial Commons skating rink, we jumped at the chance. It’s the perfect winter spot for family gatherings, as well as a special attraction that will encourage people to support our downtown retailers and restaurants, while adding to the seasonal vibe of downtown Royal. Oak and creating vacation and winter memories that will last for years.

Admission is $10 and skate rental is $5. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday through Saturday.

Last year, Detroit’s long-running Winter Blast festival moved from Campus Martius to Royal Oak due to funding issues. Organizers replicated many Winter Blast attractions in Royal Oak, including an ice rink built by M3 Investments in the parking lot of the Royal Oak Farmers Market.

Winter Blast debuted at Campus Martius Park in downtown Detroit in 2005, before the city hosted the 2006 Super Bowl.

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