Celebrate National Skating Month with the Rockford Park District

National Skating Month allows U.S. Figure Skating member clubs and Basic Skills programs to reach out to new members in the community by offering the fundamentals of ice skating from professionally trained instructors.

Figure Skating LogoBelow are a variety of ways the Rockford Park District is celebrating National Skating Month.

“Skating is a skill you will use your entire life. The Rockford Park District offers a variety of lessons, clinics, and camps for youth beginning at 18 months, so you are never too young to start skating, and you are certainly never too old to start skating,” said Monique Bailey, Figure Skating Director.

Illinois High School Figure Skating Team Competition

The Rockford Park District and Rockford Skating Club are hosting the Illinois High School Figure Skating Team Competition on Sunday, January 8, 2017 from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The competition will take place at Carlson Ice Arena, 4150 N. Perryville Road, Loves Park, and has never been held here before. In all 49 skaters will be competing, which includes 12 members from “815 Edge” who will compete in individual events, jumps, spins, and moves in the field to earn their placement and receive medals. Team members are divided into three teams based on skill set. The team is coached by Kathy Torrence, assisted by Monique Bailey, Figure Skating Director, and is governed by U.S. Figure Skating. The competition is free to attend.

Give Ice a Try During a Public Skate

Give ice a try on Monday, January 16, 2017 at Carlson Ice Arena from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be free skating lessons, skating demonstrations, and lots of giveaways! Admission, which includes skate rental, is just $5.00 per person. This event is one of many low-fee family friendly activities offered by the Rockford Park District.

Learn to Skate – Take a Lesson

The Rockford Park District’s skating program is designed to help children and adults achieve their goals, whether they pursue any ice sport recreationally or competitively. The skating curriculum that is followed is known as the Basic Skills program. The curriculum is designed by U.S. Figure Skating, and is publicly endorsed by USA Hockey, U.S. Speedskating, and Special Olympics.


For more information, visit www.rockfordparkdistrict.org/skating or call 815-969-4069. For information on accessibility and adapted equipment for skaters with disabilities, call 815-987-8800.


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