Efforts are underway to rebirth Newport's treasured ice skating rink for another season of frosty family fun after its unfortunate closing proceeding the sale of Newport Yachting Center. Locals and visitors alike mourned the loss last year of Newport's 9,000 square foot ice skating rink, which for 14 years has occupied the downtown area at the Newport Yachting Center. Today, however, Newport Waterfront Events, a division of Waterfront Productions LLC, in collaboration with Scotts Wharf LLC and Newport Harbor Corporation have happily announced that most of the key pieces are in place for the Newport Skating Center to return to its former location this upcoming winter season with one exception: corporate and community support necessary to finance the rinks operations. What does this mean? Newport Waterfront Events is seeking corporate sponsorships and direct business and private donations. More importantly, what does this mean for you? Well, a crowd sourcing campaign has been established so that you, the community, can learn more and pledge funds. Here's how to get involved. These efforts are made possible in part by the Newport Harbor Corporation, which has agreed to donate the skating rink equipment and assets to Newport Waterfront Events while Scotts Wharf is providing the Newport Skating Centers former space at the Newport Yachting Center. The parties involved are working to create a full schedule of events and activities including Family Fun Nights, Skates with Santa, Learn to Skate Camp, community partnerships with non-profit groups including the Boys & Girls Club and the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center and the grand opening and traditional Tree Lighting ceremony. I want to thank Newport Harbor Corporation and Scotts Wharf for making the return of the rink for this upcoming season a distinct possibility, said Michele Maker Palmieri, President and CEO of Waterfront Productions, the parent company of Newport Waterfront Events, and former General Manager of the Newport Yachting Center. It is both exciting and comforting to know that the winter wonderland could return along with the vibrancy to downtown that the rink helps to create. However, the final, critical piece to make this a reality is to garner financial support from corporate partnerships and the community to help fund the rinks operations. The rink operates at a loss annually due to the extensive expenses to maintain it. In order for Newport Waterfront Events to take this on as a new company we need extra help this year. Thank you to the corporate sponsorships that have thus far been secured: Cox, Stop & Shop, Viti Auto Group, Rob Levine & Associates and Think Thin. The Newport Skating Center offers skate rentals, hot beverages, comfort foods, lighting for night skating, regular admission discounts, FREE parking and viewing spaces for the public are also featured at the rink. For more information on sponsorship and donation opportunities visit skatenewport.com, or contact Michele Maker Palmieri, President and CEO of Waterfront Productions LLC at mmaker@newportwaterfrontevents.com or call (888) 900-8640, Ext. 709. Those interested can also follow along on social media: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter skating rink_credit Erin McGinn