What Happened to The Blue Jay Ice Castle?
The Blue Jay Ice Castle among other things has helped shaped the identity of our mountain community. The Blue Jay Outdoor Ice Skating Rink began as a seasonal rink in the 1930's. By the 1940's it became a year-round phenomenon beloved by visitors and locals alike. The Rite-Aid is now located where this rink originally stood. The Ice Castle eventually found a home at the entrance of Blue Jay Village. The grand opening took place June of 1983. Complete with Grand Opening ceremonies including a gala entitled "Symphony on Skates" which rose over $310,000 for the Mountain Community Hospital's Intensive Care Unit. The rink was a popular gathering place for over 50 years.
As a RE/MAX agent who specializes in Lake Arrowhead Real Estate clients still enquire about The Blue Jay Ice Castle. A lot of the time the answer is, "The ice Castle is gone, and it collapsed years ago." However this answer is not entirely true. Yes the rink is now gone and in its place sits a commercial building. But for those who still yearn for that Blue Jay Ice Castle experience, just one mile from Lake Arrowhead Village sits the Ice Castle Training Center located at 401 Burnt Mill, Lake Arrowhead CA.
The Ice Castle Training center features an ice surface measuring 85x185 feet. There are no hokey boards, giving the rink an open and spacious feel, a figure skaters dream. The Ice Castle Training Center schedule is almost entirely devoted to freestyle sessions, graded by ability level and by discipline (singles pairs, and dance). For casual skaters interested in an afternoon or evening on the ice, Recreational Skating sessions are offered and open to the public. Rental Skates are also available.
For a complete schedule of sessions and more information