Highlands’ Ice Skating Rink

When you think about ice skating, do you see yourself padded down with helmet, gloves, and body armor, with the puck on its way to the net as you make the winning goal?  Or do you see yourself dressed in a sparkling ice-blue costume, wowing the crowd with your perfectly executed triple axel?

It’s good to have dreams.  Even if you’re not ready to win a gold in the 2018 Winter Olympics, you can still hone your skating skills at the Highlands Recreations Department’s Ice Skating Rink at the Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park on Pine Street.

The rink opened in 2016, thanks to the generosity of Art and Angela Williams, and has  since been a gathering place for skaters of all ages.  It only costs $5 per person and they even have skates you can rent if you don’t own yours.  There are plenty of places to sit and watch if you’re not inclined to try your luck on the ice and the Rec Department sells water, hot cocoa, and coffee to keep you warm.

The rink will be open until March 4 and is a great way to spend time with friends and family while enjoying the crisp mountain air.  They’re open Thursdays through Sundays for public skating while Mondays and Tuesdays are reserved for group bookings and parties. 

On Wednesday, February 14, they’ll be open for Sweetheart Couple’s Skating from 6:00 until 10:00 P.M.  Can you think of a more romantic way to spend Valentine’s Day, surrounded by twinkling lights and the gentle swish of your fellow skaters circling the ice?  Okay, let’s forget about the possibility of having to explain to your date why you thought this was a good idea after they’ve fallen for the umpteenth time, and the resultant heart-felt apologies.  Just close your eyes and imagine your best self in skates.  It can happen.

For more information, call the Highlands Recreation Department at (828) 526-3556.