The City of Melvindale's Civic Ice Arena is home to two rinks of ice for skaters to glide across during figure skating classes, hockey leagues, or open skate sessions. Novices can get their start toward bladed glory through a Learn to Skate class, wherein a skilled and patient instructor breaks down the activity's basic techniques for eager students. With entry-level skills firmly in their grasp, the skaters can enroll in a hockey league for adults or youth in order to add the skills of checking, scoring, and dodging hurled octopi to their repertoire.
Since 2002, the instructors at Hazel Park Learn to Skate have honed hockey-skating abilities and figure-skating techniques throughout the year, regardless of outdoor temperatures. They hold court inside the Hazel Park Municipal Viking Arena, allowing students of all ages to get acquainted with a full-size, well-maintained surface. Figure-skating sessions follow the U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills curriculum, whereas the hockey curriculum focuses on speed and agility, allowing athletes to win the referee's favor without learning how to care for his orchid patch. Basic-skills courses provide beginners with fundamentals required for progressing into specialized skating areas. For preschool-aged skaters, Snowplow Sam sessions help develop the basic coordination and strength necessary to maneuver on the ice.
The glassy sheet of ice inside John Lindell Ice Arena sets the stage for dramatic spins, casual glides, and furious hip checks. Their full schedule of ice-skating programs as well as open-skate sessions held most days of the week help them cater to skaters of all skill levels. First-timers can learn to balance and make graceful strides up the learning curve through the Learn to Skate program. Alternatively, more experienced skaters can enroll in the arena’s freestyle or hockey-skating programs, which can help them achieve their dream of sleeping surrounded by an army of tiny gold hockey players.
The Great Skate's been going in circles for 22 years. That's how long this indoor rollerskating and in-line skating rink has provided a safe, clean, and lively atmosphere for kids and adults. The rink offers open skating sessions for all ages, as well as special events such as adult-night skates and all-night skating for scouts, which includes dinner and breakfast and a chance to shake-up typical sleepwalking habits. The Great Skate also hosts skating lessons, birthday parties, and fundraising events for organizations such as D.A.R.E and the PTA.
The City of Southfield Parks & Recreation department helps the community?s citizens stay active year-round by maintaining a network of both indoor and outdoor facilities. At the Beech Woods Recreation Center, more than 17,000 square feet of gymnasium space host youths playing pick-up basketball, aerobics classes working off extra inches, and tennis players honing their fly-swatting skills. Outside, the Southfield Sports Arena boasts a 120-foot waterslide, and flower gardens perfume weddings and concerts held at Burgh Historical Park's gazebo. In the winter months, an ice-skating rink offers open skate hours and drop-in hockey activities.
A lap around Skateland West’s sea-foam-green floor transports inline skaters back in time with psychedelic rainbow lights, arcade games, and music. Despite the retro-chic atmosphere, Skateland West keeps things modern with activities such as freestyle-skating sessions and inline-skating lessons. The center also has a staff of fitness instructors who run patrons through fun and challenging Zumba, kickboxing, kids’ dance classes, and yoga workouts to help patrons stay in better shape than a buff geometry teacher. The skating rink also hosts kids’ birthday parties and has a snack bar where skaters can refuel with sodas and pizza.