Ice Skating Fun Returns

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The Dayton region’s largest outdoor ice skating rink is open for season-long, family-friendly fun on the banks of the scenic Great Miami River in downtown Dayton. Admission to the MetroParks Ice Rink at RiverScape MetroPark (237 E. Monument Ave) is $5 daily, and visitors can rent ice skates for $2.

The MetroParks Ice Rink is presented by Mikesell’s and will be open through Tuesday, February 28, 2017, including special holiday hours. The rink also will be open during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, as well as during other holidays throughout the season. Visit metroparks.org/icerink for the complete schedule.

Season passes are available: $75 family passes cover season-long admission and skate rentals for up to five people, and $40 individual passes cover the same costs for one person. Buy season passes before Friday, November 25 and receive 20 percent off your purchase. Gift certificates are available.

For those who wish to spend their evening on the ice, the MetroParks Ice Rink hosts Star-Late Skates each Saturday throughout the season from 7 to 10 p.m. Every Friday evening in January will be devoted to a genre of music. All events are held from 7 to 10 p.m. Themes include: January 6 School Pride Night, January 13 Michael Jackson Skate, January 20 Top 40s Hits Skate, and January 27 Frozen on Ice.

While at RiverScape MetroPark, visitors can warm up by the fire and grab snacks, hot chocolate and more at the adjacent snack bar which will be open during rink hours.

Skating lessons for adults, children and teens are held at the rink throughout the season and cover basic skills that will have participants moving comfortably on the ice.

Visit metroparks.org/skating to register or to view list of lessons and other events that will be held at the MetroParks Ice Rink.

In addition, registration is now open for the 2017 curling and broomball leagues. Visitors also can try these sports at Try Broomball or Casual Curl, held on various dates in November and December. New this year, children can join the coaches and youth players from the Dayton Hockey Association for Hockey 101, an introduction to the basics of hockey.

Families, neighborhoods, clubs and groups can rent the ice rink for private events from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday and Thursday evenings. Available dates are limited, so the public is encouraged to reserve soon using the online reservation system or by calling 937-275-PARK.

“The rink has become a seasonal destination in the Miami Valley, and we are really honored to be a part of that tradition for area families,” said James Carter, RiverScape MetroPark operations coordinator. “As the weather gets cooler, it’s refreshing to be able to experience the outdoors, get some exercise, and have fun with friends and family.”