Blue Cross RiverRink marks 20th anniversary

SOUTH PHILADELPHIA - November 29, 2013

Skaters laced up and hit the ice for the first time this season and the Blue Cross RiverRink.

Zane Tillery was ready to go, eager to show his stuff and after one lap he was a success.

"We come out here every year," said Zanyah Tillery.

Coming out here is a tradition for Zane and his cousins.

However this year's a little different - there is more than just ice skating.

"There's so much more to do now, there's everything for everyone," said Jodie Milkman, Blue Cross RiverRink.

Organizers are hoping the thousands they get during their season grows to even more.

They've added a new pop-up restaurant, a sitting area with smoke pits to toast smores and some pop-up shops.

Patrons can even pick up their Christmas tree all right here.

"Every night at 5 we'll have a special light show unlike anything anyone has seen in this area," said Milkman.

The changes didn't go unnoticed during Friday's Grand Re-opening.

"It was really festive when I walked in," said Alanna Delgado.

"It's really pretty, feels like Christmas," said Julia Mumbower.

Many like the Strauss' say they don't need all the fanfare.

"It's great to be outside by the river skating," said Ed Strauss.

The Strauss family calls this their home rink and say no bells and whistles are needed just the ice and friendly people.

In honor of their 20th anniversary, anyone who is a Blue Cross card holder skates for free, and after next weekend you can skate with Santa every weekend.

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