The 2010 Olympic mascots — Quachi, Sumi and Miga — were among the first skaters to test the new rink at Robson Square yesterday when it officially re-opened after nine years.

Olympic gold medal-winning speedskater Catriona Le May-Doan and Premier Gordon Campbell joined throngs of spectators and media off-ice for the kick-off celebration.

“This revitalized plaza will be a fun and free place for people of all ages to gather and share in the Olympic spirit and celebrate during the 2010 Games,” said Campbell.

“The GE Plaza will also play an important role as we showcase British Columbia to the world through events at Robson Square during the Games.”

The $2-million ice rink renovation is part of the province’s larger $11-million upgrade to Lower Robson Square, which includes larger, more open domes and the installation of energy-efficient lighting.

The rink will open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, not noon to 9 p.m. as reported yesterday.

Skate rentals are $3 and free for children 12 and under, and skating is free for people who bring their own equipment.