January marks National Skating Month, a month-long commemoration of figure skating that, with the help of U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills programs, clubs and ice rinks, encourages people of all ages, social means and abilities to give ice skating a try. In the Pittsburgh region, several ice rinks are participating in National Skating Month, many at free or discounted rates. Check out these three ways that you can take part in National Skating Month.
Mascot Skate at the Schenley Park Skating Rink
The Schenley Park Skating Rink will host its annual Mascot Skate on Saturday, Jan. 12 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Come skate with your favorite local mascots, including Kenny Kangaroo, Iceburg, Pirate Parrot and Steely McBeam. This year’s event is presented in conjunction with WISH 99.7 FM and CitiParks. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for children (17 and under) and seniors. Skate rental is available for an additional $2.50. For more information, call (412) 422-6547.
National Figure Skating Day at Center Ice Arena
Members of Center Ice & Blades of Western Pennsylvania, Inc. will celebrate National Figure Skating Day on Saturday, Jan. 26 at its home rink, Center Ice Arena in Delmont. Its National Figure Skating Party kicks off at 3:15 p.m. with a free three-hour freestyle session for all club members courtesy of Center Ice Arena owners and management. A complimentary pizza party and “Just Dance 4” will follow from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the rink’s party room. Parents and siblings of Center Ice & Blades members can attend the pizza party for $3 each.
Skate for free at Allegheny County Ice Rinks
If you’re an active volunteer firefighter or EMT, you can skate for free at any of the public sessions offered at Allegheny County’s North Park and South Park ice skating rinks in conjunction with its seasonal Park Pass Program. All you need to do is complete an application with the Allegheny County Parks Department and obtain an official County Park photo ID pass. The Park Pass Program was created to show appreciation for emergency medical technicians and active volunteer firefighters’ dedication to ensuring safety in Allegheny County Parks. For additional details, call (412) 350-2455 or visit www.alleghenycounty.us/parks/fees/skate.aspx.