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Ice Skating Returns to Rosa Parks Circle

Cutline for photo: Aaron Martinez was one of the first to lace up and go skating when the Rosa Parks Circle ice rink opened this week. 

By Kaden Boock

One of Grand Rapids’ favorite holiday season activities has made its return to Rosa Parks Circle. Ice skating is once again open to the public this winter. The rink opened on Dec. 1, and the skating season will continue until Feb. 26, 2023. 

Skaters can rent skates for free upon admission or bring their own and enjoy this holiday season while skating and hearing some fun Christmas tunes. 

Aaron Martinez was one of the first skaters to take the ice this holiday season. He likes to come skate about three times a week and considers himself a regular at Rosa Parks Circle. 

“I just love being able to come here and skate.” Martinez explained, “The atmosphere is great, too.”

Martinez was solo on the ice that first day of skating, but he explained that it doesn’t take too long before the rink gets pretty full. “The first day is not that busy, but after that it can get pretty packed quickly.” 

Anna Schlutt, a supervisor at the rink, noted that the business and excitement seems to quickly ramp up at the rink, especially closer to Christmas. She explained how to secure a skating spot when things get busier. “If you want to guarantee you have a spot available you can make a reservation, but generally we’ll have space for walk ups as well,” Schlutt said. Skating sessions are 90 minutes long each, with resurfacing in between. 

Schlutt encourages guests to come down to Rosa Parks Circle this season and give ice skating a try, even if it’s something you’ve never done much before. 

“It’s a great time, just straight up,” Schlutt said. “It’s a good skill to practice. It’s a good workout. It’s good to try something new, and it’s a really fun Christmas activity.”

Admission to skate is $4 for adults, and $2 for children, which includes the free skate rental. There are also season passes and punch cards available. Season passes are $70 for adults, and $25 for youth, and there are 10-hole-punch cards available for $16 with a youth admission equating to one punch, and an adult admission equating to two punches. Season passes and punch cards can be purchased online

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