We don’t always have the luxury of saying the winter is going fast in Mpls, but that’s the case here in the 2017. We’re looking at March in two days, folks, and if my calendar is correct that means December, January and February are pretty much in the rearview mirror.

Hard to believe, isn’t it?

And while it’s always fun to welcome spring and the dawn of nice weather, it does mean that some of our favorite winter activities are nearing completion for another year.

That includes the Wells Fargo Mpls WinterSkate in Loring Park.

The WinterSkate has been a fun piece of our downtown winter this year. It’s hosted 36 events and has been open daily (with the exception of a few holidays) since November 23. It has welcomed television and radio personalities like WCCO-TV’s Mark Rosen and BUZ’N 102.9 FM’s Paul Koffy, Team USA Miracle on Ice legend Dave Christian, last year’s Minnesota State High School League boys and girls champions Wayzata and Eden Prairie, local urban youth hockey programs like the Minneapolis DinoMights, the Figure Skating Club of Minneapolis and more.

It is a destination for residents in the Loring Park area to come and skate after work or on weekends, and it began welcoming regulars daily who stop by and exercise on the ice. It offered free skating daily and included the option to skate at Holidazzle in November and December, free skating lessons, community skate days, a Valentine’s Day date night, a Mighty Ducks movie skate on Hockey Day in Minnesota and a Skate with Nordy—the Minnesota Wild’s mascot.

Skaters could take photos at the Wells Fargo Mpls WinterSkate Instagram frame and share their memories on social media using the hashtag #mplswinterskate. It’s been an interactive opportunity and a fun way to spend the winter outdoors.

There are still three days remaining to skate at the rink, so if you have time now through March 1 come down to Loring Park and spend some time on the ice. As always, you can bring your own skates or enjoy a complimentary pair in the Warming House presented by CenterPoint Energy.

Don’t miss out on one last chance to skate outdoors this winter season. We’ll see you at the Wells Fargo Mpls WinterSkate this week.