Free ice skating, free skate rentals, free learn to skate classes and more in Bushnell Park.

Winterfest Hartford

Winterfest Hartford opens for free ice skating, free skate rentals, free learn to skate classes and more on November 24, 2017. 

Winterfest Hartford is back for 2017-2018, presented by

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After almost five months of fundraising, the iQuilt Partnership has raised the minimum of $230,000 needed to open the Winterfest rink in Bushnell Park for free ice skating, free skate rentals and free learn to skate classes from November 24, 2017 to January 2, 2018. 

“Today, the United Bank Foundation helped us get to our minimum fundraising goal of $230,000.  Without their support and commitment, we would not be able to bring this amazing family activity back to the capital city,” said Jim Carter, Chair of the iQuilt Partnership’s Board of Directors.

The iQuilt Partnership formally contacted United Bank last week to discuss the opportunity for the Bank to become a sponsor of the 2017 Winterfest rink. Within 24 hours United Bank’s CEO, William H.W. Crawford, IV, and the United Bank Foundation, responded with a financial commitment of $30,000 to ensure the rink in Bushnell Park would be opened on time. United Bank Foundation will be the “Naming Sponsor” for the event.

United Bank moved its Corporate Headquarters to the Goodwin Square Office Tower in October in downtown Hartford and recognized the importance of joining other corporate sponsors in making sure Winterfest goes on as planned.

“United Bank is thrilled to join iQuilt and all the event sponsors who once again answered the call to make sure so many families in Hartford and throughout the region will enjoy Winterfest Hartford and free ice skating in Bushnell Park,” said William H.W. Crawford, IV, CEO of United Bank. “For area residents, United Bank employees and so many others, they not only can look forward to taking their kids downtown to skate at the rink but they can make a day out of it in our Capital city. So thank you to iQuilt for their commitment to this holiday tradition – it certainly puts true meaning to ‘Hartford Has It’.”

“Winterfest is a great Hartford tradition, and I’m proud and grateful that so many individuals, businesses, and foundations from throughout Hartford and the region stepped up – once again – to keep the tradition going,” said Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin.

“We are so thrilled with the response from corporations, foundations and individuals,” said Jackie Gorsky Mandyck, Managing Director of the iQuilt Partnership. "We have some true Hartford heroes."