Crews installed the wooden foundation Monday morning and brought in the tiles of synthetic ice. 

The rink was almost completely installed by this afternoon after they wrap up construction, the rink staff will be trained and the ice will be tested before the big opening on Small Business Saturday. 

Dave Tamulonis of the Erie Downtown Partnership said this was just one of the many attractions they'll have this holiday season.

"Opening day is this Saturday, we also have Free Skate Sunday with Erie News Now, we have Downtown Delights Friday, December 2nd starting at 5 p.m.," said Tamulonis" It's our big tree lighting, so we have tons of great holiday winter activities throughout the season."

The Erie Downtown Partnership aspires to draw people downtown, and hopes the new ice rink will help do just that. 

Erie News Now and Erie Bank Sports Park are proud sponsors of this event.