Shaw is getting an ice skating rink

October 15, 2013

Don't lace up your skates quite yet, D.C. residents, but here is one more rink coming to the District this winter.

The Lake Shaw Ice Rink is set to open in December at the Old City Farm and Guild, a nonprofit garden retail center that offers gardening and green living programming for students and city residents. Old City is located at 925 Rhode Island Ave NW, home of the shuttered Shaw Junior High School building.

Old City owner Frank Asher and Urban Neighborhood Alliance president Lee Granados are raising funds for the construction of the rink, which will be built inside the Old City's amphitheater. Asher said the ultimate goal for the rink is to raise funds for Old City's student programs.

"Shaw Junior High School has been closed for several years," Asher said. "We've occupied it as a green space. This is really a combination of us bringing our minds together to figure out how to raise money for schools and education."

Asher said the rink is set to open when Old City will be getting their Christmas trees.

"This really extends our community space for winter," Asher said. "People can ice skate and take home  a tree."

The Web site for the rink is still under construction. For more indoor and outdoor rinks, check our list of the best in the area.

Margaret Ely is a producer and reporter for Local Living and Weekend. Previously, she was an intern for the Post’s Metro section.
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