A community fixture since 1974, Eagles Ice-A-Rena’s two skating rinks host blade-mounted competition and recreation for skaters of all stripes. The subzero surfaces train novices with a bevy of beginners’ classes geared towards both general skating skills and hockey-specific abilities, preparing pupils for games in the rinks’ youth, high school, and adult hockey leagues and Lilac City Figure Skating Club competitions. Guests can cruise around the rink during public skate sessions, or reserve one of the zamboni-smoothed surfaces for a private hockey, broomball, or free skate session. The rink graciously rents out skates for $1.50 a pair, but guests must provide their own optional protective gear, such as helmets or Kevlar unitards.
When a fire destroyed the skating rink owned by Evelyn Pattison's father, she and her husband tenaciously forged ahead and opened a new facility, Pattison's North Family Skating Center. This happened more than 60 years ago, and since then the Skating Center has become a reliable destination for families in search of a little fun and a lot of really shiny floors.
The center has acquired a venerable inventory of brand-name skates and inline speed skates, and staffers at the pro shop outfit patrons before teaching roller or inline basics at group and private lessons. Throughout the week, guests can also skate at after-school sessions, private parties, or Sunday retro nights, where they must weave their way through the rink's Civil War reenactments.
Mountain View Ice Arena’s glassy surface plays host to public-skate sessions, lessons, ice-exercise classes, and broomball games year-round. Public skate is offered more than 35 hours per week, welcoming placid skaters of all ages to practice spins, lazily loop around the edges, or carve love letters into the frozen surface in hopes of wooing a lonely zamboni operator. Birthday-party packages accommodate groups of varying sizes, treating guests to a quick group skating lesson, food, favors, and other festive essentials, whereas adult and youth hockey leagues give players the space and sticks necessary to scratch their competitive itches.
Everett Skate Deck entertains visitors with more than just a polished floor to skate across. Parents can catch the game on the center's large-screen TV while children scamper around cushioned obstacles on Everett's inflatable play structure. Arcade games challenge players to conquer difficult levels in between sips of slushies bought from the onsite snack shop or melted off a passing glacier. But when the live DJ spins their favorite songs, roller skaters and inline skaters are free to strap on a set of rental wheels and glide across the center's rink beneath a disco ball and beams of colored lights flashing off the walls.
With hands shyly clasped, two middle-schoolers glide around a gleaming floor to a soundtrack of contemporary hits and ’80s classics. It’s a familiar nostalgic sight at Rollin' 253 Skate Center. The classic pastime gets a modern look at the newly renovated roller-skating haven, where guests of all ages whisk across the rink during public skates and birthday parties. Skills are further honed during lessons covering the finer points of hockey, speed skating, artistic skating, roller derby, and executing really cool-looking twirls.
Despite its wintery moniker, Kent Valley Ice Centre doesn?t just thrive in the colder months. The public ice skating site and home of the Kent Valley Hockey Association also teems with warm-weather activities, housing miniature golf and batting cages on its sprawling facilities. In addition, the family-friendly sports emporium invites guests to a full-service cafe and bar and a pro shop where visitors can purchase hockey equipment, ice skating gear.