This week I was happy to be able to announce Providence's five-year partnership with Rhode Island's own Alex and Ani for sponsorship of The Providence Rink. On Thursday, representatives of Alex and Ani joined with officials from our departments of Arts, Culture & Tourism; Parks & Recreation; and Economic Development for a ceremony and ribbon cutting to officially rename the city's 14,000 square foot skating rink and entertainment venue Alex and Ani City Center.
The center is truly one of our city's jewels which has brought joy and spirit to hundreds of thousands of local families and out-of-town visitors since its opening in 1998. The Rink is twice the size of the rink at Rockefeller Center in New York City and has seen more than 750,000 skaters glide over its surface.
The newly-named Alex and Ani City Center operates year-round. Ice-skating begins in late November and runs through mid-March. From April to October the venue is open as a community-event and programming center. Events such as the RISD Artists Ball, and international events such as the Bolivian and Day of Portugal festivals have been held there.
As part of the partnership, Alex and Ani will have the opportunity to host events at the venue year-round, which will work to draw additional attention and visitors downtown and to Alex and Ani Center.
We're excited to have Alex and Ani lend its name to this vibrant community center. With their tremendous track record of excellence in products, promotion and performance we look forward - not only to additional programming - but to attracting even more people to our fine city and sharing with them all that Providence has to offer.
(Photo (L-R): Allison Spooner, Marketing and Events for The Providence Rink; Rick Simone, Vice President of Sponsorships and Partnerships for Alex and Ani; Jayne Conway, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for Alex and Ani; Mayor Taveras; James Bennett, Director of Economic Development; Robert McMahon, Parks and Recreation Superintendent; Lynne McCormack, Director of Arts Culture & Tourism)