Like the best-tasting pieces of Halloween candy, shoes are better when they have blades attached to them. Engage in serrated skating with today's Groupon: for $7, you get public skating admission for two at Veterans Memorial Ice Skating Rink (up to a $13.50 value).
Pairs of blade runners head to Veterans Memorial Ice Skating Rink to pirouette and glide through 60- to 90-minute open-skate sessions held in a climate-controlled environment. The 200'x85' rink is regulation NHL size, allowing skaters to recreate the quadruple axel Wayne Gretzky used to do as he crossed the endzone. An electric-powered zamboni handles all smoothing-related concerns, ensuring the air is free of emissions. Visitors must bring their own skates or acquire a pair of Riedell soft skates from the rental shop for $4. Stop by the arcade to sharpen hand-eye coordination, or visit the snack bar and skate shop for a snow cone served inside a hockey mask. Check the schedule for open-skate days and times.
Veterans Memorial Skating Rink
Since 1968, the NHL-regulation ice surface at Veterans Memorial Skating Rink has hosted skaters for a bevy of blade-footed endeavors that range from recreational public-skate sessions to speed-skating lessons. For year-round open skating, participants can bring their own skates or don a pair of comfortable Riedell Soft rentals before carving figure 8s and chiaroscuro sketches of Wayne Gretzky into the ice surface. Other ice offerings include hockey and figure-skating lessons, and after skating sessions, a battery-powered Zamboni and electric edger smooth the ice's surface with minimal impact on the environment.
56 Buena Vista Rd. W
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