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Where to ice skate in greater Kalamazoo

Posted on February 24th, 2014


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@navarrehouse shared this photo via Instagram during a Wings West public skate in Kalamazoo.

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Kalamazoo, Mich. — With our local semi-pro hockey team Kalamazoo Wings, major synchronized skating competitions and Curling National Championships, it’s no secret that Kalamazoo has great ice.

But where can you skate in the Kalamazoo area?

Greater Kalamazoo features seven sheets of ice for public skating, and all offer rentals. Here’s a list so you can get your glide on:

Echo Valley (outdoor, seasonal) — 8495 East H Ave., Kalamazoo, MI:
Echo Valley’s 43,000-square-foot rink is a delight for young and old alike. Practice your fancy moves or learn to skate in an uncrowded environment. And, if you’ve skated on ponds and lakes, you’ll appreciate that the Echo Valley rink is groomed and resurfaced regularly. Bring your own skates or skates are available in the well-stocked skate shop. Echo Valley also has a tubing and tobogganing hill and a warming lodge with concessions. Ice skating is $5 with no additional charge for rentals. Regular hours are Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday noon to 6 p.m. For more information, call 269-349-3291.

Lawson Ice Arena (indoor, year round) — 2009 Howard St., Kalamazoo, MI:
Lawson Ice Arena is home to the Western Michigan University Bronco hockey team. The 200-by-85-foot surface offers public skate Monday through Thursday from noon to 12:50 p.m. for $1 with a $1 skate rental; Saturday and Sunday is 2 to 3 p.m. with a $3 admission with a $1 skate rental. Open hockey is Wednesday 9:50 to 11:10 p.m. for $8. Skate sharpening available weekdays after 4 p.m. or throughout the day on weekends. Interested in broomball? Call (269) 387-3050 for rental information and prices. For updated times, dates or cancellations about skating, call the 24-hour number 269-387-3046.

Millennium Park (outdoor, seasonal) — 280 Romence Road, Portage, MI:
Home to the first refrigerated outdoor ice rink in southwest Michigan, the Millennium Park  rink features a groomed skating surface, warming house, restrooms, skate rental, skate sharpening and food concessions. Locker rental is offered for $0.50. Cost is $4 per day to skate and $3 per day to rent skates. A 10-skate discount card is available for $25. Ice skate sharpening hours Thursday 5 to 7 p.m. and Sunday noon to 1 p.m. Skating hours vary — for more info, check the website or call (269) 324-9200.

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Millennium Park Ice Rink in Portage offers a fantastic venue for outdoor skating during the winter months.

Wings Stadium (indoor, year round) — 3600 Vanrick Drive, Kalamazoo, MI:
Lots of major ice events are held on Wings Stadium’s two sheets of ice, and you can skate here too! Public skate happens daily for $6, and skate rental is $3 (ages 4 and younger are free). Wings Stadium also hosts several themed skates throughout the year, with the most popular being the Spooky Skate with orange ice on Halloween and the monthly DJ skates. Hours: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Friday 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Sunday noon to 1:45 p.m. Over 40 drop-in hockey is Monday nights for $8 (goalies are free). For more information, call 269-345-1125.

Wings West (indoor, year round) 5076 Sports Drive, Kalamazoo, MI:
Wings West offers NHL-size rinks and the on-site restaurant, Old Burdick’s Bar & Grill. Wings West’s open public skate times are Monday and Wednesday 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Saturday 6 to 8 p.m.; Sunday 2 to 3:45 p.m. Drop-in hockey is Tuesday, Thursday and Friday noon to 1:30 p.m. with an $8 admission (goalies are free). For more information, call 269-345-1125.

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