It has truly been a rough winter for the volunteers for Ice Alaska. There's still plenty of construction going on, and walking into Building 12, the shop that's been converted into the new Ice Alaska Office space, it has the appearance of a busy bee hive. Everyone has been working round the clock and we can say that the Ice Park will be ready for the first small visitors Monday, February 20, when the Kids Park officially opens!
We have numerous slides, bowls, a full maze, the Ice Cabin is back, Sea Horses pulling a sleigh, all the kids love to pose on the Ice Race Cars. The Playground is definitely ready for the little ones!
Weather permitting, the Ice Park will be open until March 31st. You may now purchase your season tickets online Come see the Ice Park! Next week we begin the first competition, the ADP Single Block Classic. This is a big year for the Single Block, because this year it doubles as a qualifying event for the 2018 Winter Olympics Arts Festival.
6 DAYS AND COUNTING DOWN to opening the Kids Park!
What's the Kids Park about? It's a playground made of ice! What should you bring? Dress for snow and ice, boots, snowsuits, hats, gloves. Don't forget to bring your toboggan!
The Kids Park opens Monday, February 20th
Now is the time to purchase your Season Ticket Weather permitting, the Ice Park will be open for 40 days. The season passes cost less than 4 single day passes. The Season Passes grant you unlimited visits to the Ice Park. That means even if you only visit one day per week, you're getting a fantastic deal!
That's right folks! Just 8 more days and we open the 2017 Kids Ice Park on February 20!
What will you see at the Kids Park? Well, it's a playground made of ice! All sorts of kid friendly slides, spinners, ice rink, ice house, and the maze can be found in the Kids Ice Park.
Then the following week, February 27th, we begin the annual 2017 ADP Single Block Classic. As of this update we have all 50 sites registered with many returning world champion Ice Sculptors.
We thank our generous supporters and the Fairbanks Community for assisting us this year. This is an annual event, and we can't do it without our friends! We continue to accept volunteer applications
We also thank the many folks who have send in their contributions via our GoFundMe Page.
This year, new to our website is the option to purchase your pass in advance using our online ticketing manager.
Have an Ice Day and we'll see you soon at the Park!
Stop by our Park Admissions Page to purchase your tickets online
Visit our EVENT SCHEDULE PAGE and see what dates you want to visit the Park. Or, just purchase a SEASON PASS and come and go on your own schedule!
We have just 14 more days until the opening of the Kids Park, and 21 days before the start of the GCI Single Block Classic. We have a full field, that's 50 teams signed up to compete in this year's Single Block. It's going to be a fantastic event!
16 DAYS TO OPEN PARK...
I wonder what's going on behind this ice wall?
I bet it's going to be aMAZEing!
What a beautiful day today, bright, sunny, and not too cold! The Park was abuzz with all sorts of activity. A crew was down on the pond harvesting what looked like about 200 blocks of beautiful 30inch ice blocks.
The Giant Slide is finished and several kids slides are done, and a bowl. The Team from China are roughing out a new maze.
The lanes are plowed and compacted along the Single Block and Multi Block exhibit routes. They just need to have the individual sites cleaned out.
We're going to have a fantastic event, and we have you our friends and supporters to thank for helping us get the ice moving on this annual Fairbanks tradition!
Board of Directors and Volunteers are meeting this Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Time 5:30 p.m.
Location 1427 Gilliam Way, Fairbanks Alaska
The Board will present the plan and prioritized list of most critical needs.
This meeting is open to ALL Volunteers for rebuilding and preparing the Ice Park for upcoming events.
To quote Mr. Brickley, "ICE DON'T BURN!" We will open the Annual Kids Ice Park on time February 20, 2017 and we will begin the 2017 BP World Ice Art Championships on time February 27, 2017
We will continue to publish updates as information is received.
It was reported to me on Dec 5th that Andy O'Grady was involved in a single truck accident north of Fairbanks and did not survive. Andy was a founding member of Ice Alaska. Andy was an inspiration to the organization and especially loved operating his forklift. Over the past 28 years, I am confident, Andy lifted, moved and stacked over a billion pounds of ice. I feel blessed knowing I had the opportunity to spend so much time with this special person. In fact, on Dec 2nd , I spent the majority of the day with Andy. We had breakfast at the Bakery Restaurant around 7 am. We planned what we would do for the day. Andy and I met at the Ice Art Park around 1:30 pm to lay in the initial driving route for our First Annual Musical Light Display. I led the way in my truck and Andy followed in his 460 forklift towing the drag for the road. We made numerous passes to insure the snow would setup properly. We took a break around 3:15 and went to Denny’s for a snack. We returned to the Ice Art Park at 4 pm and made more passes over the route. The full Display route is a bit over 3 miles. Finally around 5:15, Andy parked his forklift perfectly in his spot in the garage and departed in his Chev truck for home at around 5:30 pm. I saw him driving east on west Phillips Field Road and was the 2nd to last person to see him. The last person to see Andy O’Grady was An, Zhe who saw Andy cross Peger Road heading east on Phillips Field Road which passes the old Ice Art Park on ARR property. Special about this is that the last person to see Andy O’Grady alive was the person An, Zhe that asked Andy O’Grady 4 years earlier for permission to be called Andy as well. An, Zhe had so much respect for Andy that he wanted his American name to be Andy as well. We all know An, Zhe as Andy and have for the past 4 years.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Pearl and the entire O’Grady family. I apologize if I missed someone but if I did please the word along yourself.
P.S. I will forever be comforted when I drive by O’Grady Pond on the ARR property, just inside of Chena Landing Loop Road. It was named after Andy because it was his idea to help the ARR get the wetland permit. Bob Thomas was the design engineer that took Andy’s suggestion and completed all the paperwork for the Corp of Engineers approval; or when driving by the Ice Art Park harvest pond which as of this day is officially named, R.A. O’Grady Sr. Pond Too. That was always the way Andy signed checks. Finally, and most importantly, each time driving through the Musical Light Display because I know the route was the last thing built on earth by my friend Andy O’Grady. I am confident he will be helping the Lord build many things in Heaven.
Thanks Dick Brickley, Chairman of Ice Alaska.
Drive by the Ice Park and it looks quiet and empty. But really, now is the time the folks are planning the next big thing for 2017!
Work is underway in the back lot at Ice Alaska to build a perminant sled dog kennel and staging area. We are happy to welcome Laura Alway and Calli Gavora of Golden Heart Dog Tours.
Their target date is December 1 to begin operating sled dog rides through the Park area.
WEEKEND FLEA MARKETS AT THE ICE PARK!
Hey Fairbanks! Beginning this weekend, May 27th, the folks at Ice Alaska are opening up the park for Craft and Flea Market experience. Do you have a cool craft you want to sell? Each Friday / Saturday / and Sunday you can rent an outdoor space ($25/day), what ever you can fit in your car, and set up "shop"!
**Please note - nothing inappropriate for a family friendly venue**
Contact the Ice Park: 451-8250 x3 for more information.
Congratulations and well done to all the fantastic artists participating in this year's Ice Alaska and BP World Ice Art Championships.
We've tallied all the visitor ballots and here are this year's Peoples Choice Winners:
Walt Coty People Choice Award
SB Classic Realistic—Team Mongolia, Lkhagvadorj Dorjsuren and Enkh-Erdene Ganbataar—each artist receives $150.00
SB Classic Abstract—Tm Texas, Buddy Rasmussen and Dean DeMarias each artist receives $150.00
MB Classic Realistic—Tm SC/AK, Edwin Hutchison, Angeleto Baban, Daniel Howell, Heather Brice. each artist receives $100.00
MB Classic Abstract—Tm OR/AK James Stugart, Robert Stugart, George Rosa, Kyle Nailing each artist receives $100.00