Fitness, arts, and cultural programs broaden horizons at the Vollmer Culture and Recreation Complex, which stands as a haven for continued learning and active lifestyles. The facility is well equipped to meet its expectations—there are 22 soccer pitches, two NHL-worthy ice surfaces, areas set aside for seniors, and landscaped nature trails outside the building. An indoor walking track wraps around the fitness centre, which the staff stocks with cardio and strength-training machines, as well as ROC-IT circuit-training machines and free weights. They've also set a group fitness area apart and cleared space for stretching.
The staff continues to get bodies moving with low-impact aqua fitness classes in the indoor aquatic area. A wave pool and lazy river beckon guests to relax or read messages from bottles thrown by someone very near them. The staff also hosts clubs, meetings, and gatherings for organizations such as the LaSalle Minor Hockey Association and events such as wedding receptions.
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.
Skaters of all ages and arabesque abilities soar across Monroe Multi-Sports Complex's vast rink—the former home to 2011 NHL recruit Matt Mahalak. Though the rink acts as the complex’s nucleus of activity—hosting hockey games, figure skating exhibitions, skating lessons, and public skate sessions—, an adjacent field house promotes more land-based sports, including youth and adult soccer, dodge ball, and flag football. Additionally, a collection of springy inflatables allows young visitors to bounce for up to a full day or until they finally convince gravity to permanently reverse.
Passionate staffers stay on hand to offer skating tips during public sessions, assist guests as they sign for one of the soccer leagues, or be of assistance in case of a hot-chocolate overdose. In keeping with their commitment to physical education, the complex’s team of instructors also coach home-schooled children for credits, as well as give birthday children the gift of adrenaline-pumping exercise during party packages.
Mount Clemens Ice Arena houses a duo of indoor, NHL-regulation-size ice surfaces for laced-up gliders of all levels to enjoy during myriad public skating sessions. Try out new moves and twirls, skating solo or alongside an imaginary doubles partner, or rest up from successive triple Lutzes in the 5,800-square-foot lobby. Noon skates mix up the lunch hour on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and Friday evenings in the summer pulsate with the Dave and Buster’s DJ skate and light show. Pop in throughout the year for themed skates, such as Skate with Santa, Valentines Skate, and Halloween Scary Skate, where skaters try to spin away from ghoulish tax documents.
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 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.