The demolition of the Main Street Arena on the Charlottesville Downtown Mall is scheduled to begin next week.
The city has already shut down a portion of the Water Street sidewalk, and construction vehicles are parked nearby.
The ice rink is being removed to make way for a large office complex that will take two years to build. The finished structure will have more than 140,000 square feet of office space.
A group called Friends of Charlottesville Ice Park is working to build a new ice rink in northern Albemarle County.