Winter Park Won't Return This Year

Julanne Hohbach
The Columbus Blue Jackets' mascot, Stinger, skates with children at Winter Park.

The Columbus Blue Jackets have put their popular Winter Park event on ice.

A post on the team’s website announced that the annual event, typically held between late January and February, will not take place this season.

For the past four years, Winter Park, sponsored by Worthington Industries, has allowed Central Ohioans to lace up their skates at an NHL-sized outdoor ice rink in the Arena District, watch a CBJ practice and watch the team play on an outdoor screen. The event debuted as part of the NHL All-Star Celebration in 2015, when it also included a large manmade sledding hill on Nationwide Boulevard.

But the multiweek event, which took place in McFerson Commons, became a victim of Mother Nature. “Poor weather the past two years resulted in cancellation of more than [one-third] of the scheduled operating hours so the decision was made to not bring it back this winter. No definitive decision has been made about a possible return in the future,” said Karen Davis, director of communications for the Blue Jackets, via email.

The 5th Line 5K Race, which has been held in conjunction with Winter Park, will continue. For more information on the Feb. 9 event, go to