Community ice rink has it all |

Community ice rink has it all

Whether it’s public skating, drop-in hockey, stick and puck (a kind of skills clinic for hockey players) or even an ice-resurfacing class, something is almost always happening at the ice rink at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.

And just like every holiday season, the rink remains a popular attraction.

“Evenings and weekends are always pretty busy, but we are more busy now with kids on vacation and being able to come during the days,” said Shannan Derby, an employee at the rink.

Outside of the usual events, the ice rink also will feature a holiday event on Dec. 28 as the Community Center hosts its annual holiday 50s skate party.

From 6-7:45 p.m. poodle skirts, black-leather jackets, ice bowling, limbo and other contests will take over the ice in an event where the only thing people have to pay for is skate rentals. People of all ages are invited to attend.

“A lot of people came last year and dressed up and really got into it,” Derby said. “We love it. It’s a lot of fun and there’s always a big turnout.”

Outside of the 50s party, the rink’s normally-scheduled events will still be taking place this holiday season.

Hockey players frequent the rink with drop-in hockey being offered three times a week. Novice drop-in hockey is held Monday nights, intermediate Wednesday nights and advanced players hit the ice on Friday nights.

Youth and adult stick-and-puck, which presents an opportunity for hockey players to touch-up on their skills by practicing shooting and passing with other players, is held each Sunday from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Adults practice on one half of the ice, while younger players play on the other.

The rink is open for public skating everyday except for Thursday, but the times are different each day. To see the ice rink schedule or find out more information, visit

After the new year rolls around, the rink will also be offering ice-resurfacing classes. There is an introductory session, where participants learn how to drive the Zamboni and about the basics of ice maintenance. An advanced session with more in-depth information will also be offered and both will take place on Jan. 14. The cost is $32 for residents and $39 for non-residents. Anyone interested must register by Dec. 31.

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