If you’re looking for low-cost fun, there’s “snow place” like Philadelphia Parks & Recreation’s five ice rinks! Bring your friends, your date, or your chilldren— we’ve got something for everyone.
Here are nine “ice” things to know about our rinks:
1. Admission for public skating is FREE at all five ice rinks. You can rent ice skates for $3-4 (price varies by rink).
2. Don’t know how to skate? No problem! All our rinks offer ice skating lessons.
3. Laura Sims Skate House in West Philadelphia holds sled hockey on Sunday mornings from 9-11 a.m.
5. South Philadelphia’s Rizzo Rink hosts non-ice-based activities during warm weather months. These include roller hockey and skateboarding.
6. The ice rink at Simons Playground in West Oak Lane opened in 1956. It was the first outdoor ice-skating rink constructed and operated by Parks & Rec. People considered it one finest ice rinks on the East Coast when it opened. The rink could accommodate 600 skaters at one session.
7. Parks & Rec employs skilled Zamboni drivers to care for the ice at our rinks. Our drivers’ commercial licenses come in handy year-round. During the summer, the drivers operate heavy equipment like forklifts and backhoes. They’ll even drive a trash truck if needed!
8. Some of our ice rinks offer figure skating classes. Each spring, the rinks host ice shows, complete with costumes and props. Scanlon Ice Rink in Harrowgate has been holding its ice show for more than 50 years! Check out our events calendar for information on these annual events!
9. Many hockey teams call our five ice rinks home. A partnership with the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation helps many kids between the ages of 5 and 18. These youth join hockey programs for FREE. Snider Hockey even provides the equipment.