When You Can Skate with Iconic Pittsburgh Mascots
Hit the ice for a fun night with Iceberg, the Pirate Parrot and other local mascots at Schenley Park.
What happens when Iceburgh, Kenny Kangaroo, a Smiley Cookie and Steely McBeam all enter an ice skating rink? To find out, you’ll need to head to Schenley Park.
Pittsburgh’s 33rd Annual Mascot Skate takes place from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 1 at the newly renovated Schenley Park Skating Rink in Oakland. Featuring more than 30 local characters from radio stations, sports teams, businesses and colleges, the mascots will cover the ice.
“We’re excited to welcome back so many mascots year after year, and we’re pleased to add a few new names in 2020,” says event organizer Bill Backa. “Often at sporting events, a favorite mascot is on-site but very far away. The City of Pittsburgh’s Mascot Skate provides a wonderful opportunity for people to actually see their favorite mascots up close and have a chance to interact with them and take photos.”
More than 75 mascots have made an appearance throughout the event’s history. While well-known mascots such as the Pirate Parrot have appeared all 33 years, the event also brings in newer mascots, including Finn the Irish Wolfhound, from the city’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and Bobber the Water Safety Dog, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers mascot.
The event coincides with the reopening of the ice rink after a months-long, million-dollar renovation project. Funded in part by the Allegheny Regional Asset District, alongside city capital funds, the project included the installation of new LED lighting, ice surfaces and a mechanical system.
There also are new hockey rink markings, bleachers and players’ benches. A grand reopening ribbon-cutting ceremony is set to take place at 6 p.m., Friday, Jan. 31.
Saturday’s event also will include music from WISH 99.7 during the skating sessions and opportunities to spin a prize wheel. Smiley Cookies will be served during intermission.
Admission for the Mascot Skate is $5.50 for adults, $4.40 for seniors and $3.30 for youth ages 17 and younger. Skate rental at the park is an additional $3.30.