The sun was shining, the air was unseasonably warm and a flurry of ice skaters glided across the ice on Friday at the opening of the inaugural Winter Park at Civic Center Plaza, a temporary public skating rink in front of San Francisco City Hall.
The kickoff event featured comments by Mayor London Breed and Olympic gold medalist Brian Boitano, who "cut" the ribbon by driving through it on a Zamboni (technically called an ice resurfacer). Figure skaters and ice dancers from Yerba Buena Ice Skating and Bowling Center and San Francisco Ice Theatre performed routines before the rink was opened up to the public.
In her remarks, Breed called the rink a "jewel to add to what will be an incredible holiday season," noting that the park is part of a larger initiative to make Civic Center and the surrounding areas safer and "more inviting."
The rink will be open daily from noon-10 p.m. through Jan. 6, 2019.