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Find indoor ice hockey and outdoor ice hockey rinks in the Hudson Valley. Many ice rinks offer Youth Hockey and Adult Hockey. Visit ice rinks in Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Ulster, and Westchester County.
Hudson Valley outdoor ice skating is available in many local parks. Many town parks offer invigorating outdoor ice skating for Figure Skating, Public Ice Skating sessions, and Adult and Youth Hockey. Ice Skating outdoors can be fantastic, and many parks offer refreshments and indoor areas where you can warm up with a cup of hot chocolate. Or, bring your own thermos of hot drinks.
Also, enjoy year round ice skating and ice hockey at the indoor rinks available throughout the Hudson Valley. There are many ice skating rinks through the Hudson Valley offering ice skating, ice skating lessons, figure skating, figure skating lessons, free style skating, public sessions, and skating camps. For all the hockey players both young and adult, most indoor ice skating rinks also offer ice hockey sessions, youth hockey camp, hockey lessons for adults, youth hockey lessons, and lessons for adult beginners.
Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks
Important Ice Skating Safety Guidelines
Never ice skate or walk on any frozen water or water surface unless official signs are posted as to the safety of these areas.
Children should never be left unattended near any ice or frozen water.
If you hear cracking while on ice, lie down immediately and try to distribute your weight.
If you witness someone falling through ice, never attempt to make a rescue by yourself. Call 911 and notify the proper authorities.
Both indoor and outdoor Ice Skating rinks offer many activities and great exercise. Some ice activities include public skating, freestyle skating, ice hockey, open hockey, stick time, and birthday parties on the ice. If you're looking for a fun birthday party, take the children to an ice skating rink. Both young children and older kids enjoy an ice skating party.
History of Ice Skating in New York City Parks
The Lake in Central Park was the most notable case of this use. Before Central Park was completed in the 1870s, this section was opened to ice skaters and quickly became a top attraction. In order to ensure proper skating conditions, the Lake was drained to a level that eased the freezing of ice each year. The Lake, then and now, is connected to the City's water system.
Ice Skating beyond Central Park
Building a Manmade Rink in Queens
Although the New York City Building was temporarily used as a site for the fledgling United Nations, October 1946 to 1950, the Building once again became an ice and roller skating rink in 1952. The New York City Building became a major World's Fair site again during the 1964-65 event when Olympic figure skating champion Dick Button organized "Ice-Travaganza" performances within the facility. After the Fair ended, the Flushing Meadows-Corona Park rink became the first year-round skating facility in the park system.
The Ice Skating Rink in Central Park
The Wollman Rink opened in 1950 and is located in the southern part of Central Park. Its creation ushered in a new era of ice skating unbound by fickle weather conditions. As the Parks Department publicity materials boasted, the new rink guaranteed access to safe skating for New Yorkers "who have been deprived of the pleasure of regular, uninterrupted outdoor ice skating throughout the winter half year because of vagaries of our climate."
With midtown Manhattan as its dramatic backdrop, Wollman Rink was a success from the day it opened; over 300,000 skaters glided across the ice in its first year of operation. The facility features three-quarters of an acre (28,000 square feet) of ice and 16 miles of 1 1/4 " wrought iron pipe.
Wollman Funds Additional Rinks
Ice Skating Continues to Grow
The War Memorial Rink in Clove Lakes Park, an outdoor rink, also opened in 1970.
Recently, a concession at Bryant Park has offered ice skating free of charge, providing New Yorkers with an economical way to explore this enjoyable winter pastime.
The American Museum of Natural History opened a state-of-the-art skating rink, located within Theodore Roosevelt Park, made from a recyclable synthetic surface.
History of Ice Skating in New York City parks by NYC Department of Parks & Recreation