The Tarrant Regional Water District announced the Panther Island Ice skating rink in Fort Worth will not operate this year as an unrelated ice rink was planned by a private-sector entity.
Since 2013, the nearly 4,000-square-foot ice skating rink had seen around 350,000 people take part in the winter tradition.
“For the last nine years, we were able to bring a beautiful winter wonderland dream to Fort Worth and it was a great run,” said Dan Buhman, Tarrant Regional Water District general manager, in a press release. “The concept proved to be so successful and grew in such popularity that it is now being picked up by the private sector. We’re glad to have provided the Fort Worth community with a great family-friendly destination that will continue to be available through other venues in Tarrant County.”
The skating rink was not part of the district's budget approved last month, according to the release. Other events cut for the upcoming fiscal year were Oktoberfest, Fort Wurst, Marine Creek Health and Safety Fair, and Sunday Funday.