By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Jan 20, 2022 at 1:31 PM

The Milwaukee Public Market will soon open what may be the city's smallest public ice skating rink, aptly named "The Dinky Rink."

The rink is set to open Friday, Jan. 21 – weather permitting – and will be located outdoors on the north side of the Public Market building and inside its Parking Lot Patio tented seating area.

Reservations will be taken online  for 90-minute sessions during regular Public Market hours. A maximun of eight people can skate per session.

Attendees must be at least 3 years old and bring their own skates to the rink.

“This time of year shouldn’t be thought of as a reason to hibernate and avoid the cold,” said Paul Schwartz, executive director of the Milwaukee Public Market and Business Improvement District #2. “Developing fun and unique amenities during the winter months only adds to the experience at the market and the greater Historic Third Ward neighborhood, and The Dinky Rink is a perfect example of that.”

Milwaukee Admirals mascot, Roscoe, will offer a ceremonial “first skate” on Friday, Jan. 21 at 10 a.m. followed by a stroll inside the market building to take photos with fans.

The 770-square-foot rink was developed in response to an increased interest in outdoor activity during the winter months. The rink area will feature covered seating, outdoor heaters and access to food and drink options from market vendors.

For more details about the Milwaukee Public Market, please visit or call (414) 336-1111.

Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.

Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.