Ice skating is a favorite winter activity in Grand Rapids. It offers anyone a chance to get out on the ice and practice their skills. Ice skating offers many benefits for both kids and adults, including exercise, strengthening your leg muscles, having fun, and improving concentration. We’ve compiled a list of skating opportunities in the Grand Rapids area that are sure to get you out on the ice for a spin.
IRA Civic Center
The IRA Civic Center sometimes has open skate sessions available Monday through Friday from 11am-1pm. Cost of open skating is $2/children and $3/adult. There are two ice sheets at the IRA Civic Center. One is 188 feet by 85 feet with a Zamboni resurfacer. The other is 200 feet by 100 feet with an Olympia resurfacer. There is ample parking in three different lots surrounding the facility, and it is right next to American Legion Memorial Park. To take part in open skating you will need your own skates, and equipment. Purchase your skates at L&M Fleet Supply, Glenns Army, or Clafton Skate. The rink does not offer a skate sharpening service, so come ready to skate. For more information, you can contact the IRA Civic Center at 218-326-2500.
Where to Rent or Buy Skating Equipment
If you’re in the mood for skating but don’t have the equipment: Clafton Skate, L&M Fleet Supply and Glen’s Army Supply. Clafton’s sells and rents skates. L&M Fleet Supply and Glen’s Supply sell skates and supplies. All locations will sharpen skate blades.
Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation
The Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department also offers several public skating rinks. You can find ice rinks at Forrest Lake School, Murphy School, and across from SW Elementary School in Grussendorf Park. The hours of the outdoor skating rinks and warming houses are: Monday through Friday (3:30pm-9:00pm), Saturday and Sunday (12:00pm-8:00pm), ISD 318 School Vacation Days (10:00am- 9:00pm). For more information about the outdoor skating rinks, please call the Grand Rapids Park & Recreation at 218-326-2500.
When visiting Grand Rapids this winter, be sure to check out one of these fabulous ice skating locations to create your own winter memories. We do have a couple of annual skating events that are taking place on area lakes that you might want to take part in: Northwoods Pond Hockey Championship (February 9, 2019 on McKinney Lake) and Frozen Fairways Golf Classic (February 9, 2019 on Forest Lake). Both of these events are OPEN to the public! This winter Be BOLD and Head North to Grand Rapids.