2014-01-02


Ice Maze Grand Opening & Snow Sport Safety Event This Weekend at Boyce Park

PITTSBURGH – The Allegheny County Parks Department will host several winter activities and events at the  World Wide Web Icon Boyce Park Four Seasons Lodge this weekend, including the grand opening of the park’s first ice maze and a snow sport safety event. The Boyce Park ski slopes and snow tubing area will also be open.

“We have a great weekend of winter fun for the whole family at Boyce Park,” said Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. “Come out and walk through the beautiful ice maze, get your photo on a giant ice throne, learn about snow sport safety, and enjoy free, kid-friendly entertainment. And of course, there’s plenty of snow for the skiers, snowboarders and snow tubers.”

The ice maze was designed and created by Master Ice Carver and Ice Creations Owner Richard Bubin. It is constructed of 325 blocks of ice and weighs 90,000 pounds. The maze covers an area of 1,200 square feet, and its walls are five feet tall. The labyrinth ends in a nearly 200-square-foot room complete with two seven-foot-tall ice thrones, which provide great photo opportunities for visitors. The entire installation has a footprint of 3,600 square feet. The maze was part of First Night Pittsburgh. It was disassembled, moved and reconstructed at Boyce Park, where it will remain as long as weather and conditions allow.

County Executive Fitzgerald will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the ice maze at 12:00 noon on Saturday, January 4. The maze will then be open to the public following the same schedule as the Boyce Park ski slopes: Monday-Friday, 3:30-9:30 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Admission to the ice maze is free of charge.

To raise awareness about snow sport safety, Allegheny County will provide free use of ski helmets throughout the weekend with all ski or snowboard rentals, as well as ski or snowboard lessons. Boyce Park’s new ski helmets were donated by Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. The helmets will be available for rent beginning on Monday, January 6.

Visitors will also enjoy free balloon art, face painting, caricatures and a magician from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Radio Disney will also be broadcasting live. Be sure to enter the free raffle drawing for a chance to win ski helmets, lift passes, and skiing or snowboarding lessons.

The Parks Department is also sponsoring a winter fun photo contest beginning Saturday and continuing throughout the month of January. Prizes include ice skating and skiing passes. Take a photo of you, your family or friends enjoying the Boyce Park ice maze, ski slopes and snow tubing area, North Park or South Park ice rinks. Submit your photo on Allegheny County’s Facebook page or via Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #ACWinterFunPhotoContest. Then go and check out all of the submissions and vote for your favorite. Contest winners will be selected by popular vote on Facebook.

For information on winter fun, events and activities in the Allegheny County Parks, including facility locations, hours and admission rates, go to www.alleghenycounty.us/winterfun.

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photo of the mural