Capital Region Ice Skating

Includes both outdoor and indoor ice skating. Know of a spot that should be on here? Please let us know: editors |at| alloveralbany |dot| com. And, hey, be careful on the frozen ponds. (You know that.) Last updated January 2015.

Albany County Hockey Facility

830 Albany Shaker Rd Colonie, NY 12211
phone: (518) 452-7396 | website: http://www.albanycounty.com/hockey/

The rink, located right next to ALB, is open 10 1/2 months a year. Check the monthly calendar for hours. There's open skate, open hockey, and adult skate for anyone over 30.

Public skate: adults $4, seniors $3, children 5 and under $2, rentals for $3.
Open hockey: (for high school and older) $10 on weekdays, $12 on weekends, goalies play for free.
Adult skate: age 30-59 $3, age 60 and over $2

They also offer camps and training schools, call 452-7396 for more information.

Bethlehem YMCA Ice Skating Rink

900 Delaware Ave Bethlehem, NY 12054
phone: (518) 439-4394 | website: http://cdymca.org/locations/bethlehem-ymca/ice-rink/

Open until the end of March, and non-members are allowed to skate there. For Non-Members: $5 for adults, $4 for students, $3 for 5 & under. Rentals $2.

They also offer open hockey lessons and ice hockey clinics. Check the schedule for times.

Buckingham Pond, Albany

Colonial Ave and Berkshire Blvd Albany, NY 12208

Ice permitting. The city periodically checks the ice on Buckingham Pond to see if it's safe to skate -- and DGS event clear snow from the ice now and then. As long as there is no sign prohibiting it, you're welcome to do some figure 8s or get together a pick-up hockey game. (And if you'd like to shovel -- you'll win points in the neighborhood.) Skating after dark is not permitted.

Clifton Park Ice Arena

16 Clifton Common Blvd Clifton Park, NY 12065
phone: (518) 383-5440 ext 15 | website: http://www.cliftonparkarena.com/public_skating.html

Often offers public skating on the weekends, and during school breaks. Check the schedule at the website.

Public skate is $5, kids (3 and under) $3. Skate rental is $3. (No credit cards.)

Collins Park, Scotia

Kiwanis Way Scotia, NY 12302

Skating is not permitted on the lake in Collins Park this year (2015)

Elm Avenue Park Rink, Bethlehem

261 Elm Avenue Delmar, NY 12054
phone: (518) 439-4955 | website: http://www.townofbethlehem.org/pages/parkElm/parkElmWinter.asp

Open daily when the ice is 4 inches thick with a good surface. Flags indicate when rink is open. Green flag = open, red flag = closed. A portion of the rink will be set aside for hockey. And there's a warming hut. It's free to skate.

Call 439-4955, option 3 for current conditions and updates.

Hours: 10 am-8 pm Sunday-Thursday; 10 am-10 pm Friday & Saturday and during school vacations.

Empire State Plaza Ice Rink

Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12210
| website: http://www.ogs.ny.gov/esp/CCE/skating.asp

After it skipped a few years, the ESP rink -- located near The Egg -- opened again for the 2011-2012 winter. And it's now open for the current season. It's free to skate. There's a full-service snack bar open Friday nights, weekends, and school holidays. The skate lounge with lockers for personal items is now located at the plaza level. And there's music.

Hours: Every day from 11 am - 8 pm, weather dependent. The rink is closed from 3pm - 4 pm each day for maintenance.

Skate Rental: $3 for 12 and under, $4 for adults, free on Fridays. Skate rental will be available whenever the rink is open.

Grafton Lakes State Park Long Pond

100 Grafton Lakes State Park Way Grafton, NY 12052
phone: (518) 279-1155 | website: http://nysparks.com/parks/53/details.aspx

Ice permitting. The pond is open for skating from 8 am to dusk daily. The pond gets cleared every Friday, so if it snows during the week, you may be out of luck. (Or bring a shovel.)

Hampton Manor Lake, East Greenbush

Lake Shore Dr and Daley Pl East Greenbush, NY 12144
| website: http://eastgreenbush.org/town-parks

No skating in 2015.

HVCC Conway Ice Rink

80 Vandenburgh Avenue Troy, NY 12180
phone: (518) 629-4850 | website: https://www.hvcc.edu/facilities/ice.html

80 Vandenburgh Avenue Troy, NY 12180
phone: (518) 629-4850 | website: https://www.hvcc.edu/facilities/ice.html
Open for public skating Monday-Friday from noon-2 pm, and weekends from 4-6:15 pm (that's the schedule through March 8).
Admission is $3 adults / $2 kids (under 12) / $2 alumni, faculty, staff (with ID) / free for HVCC students (with ID).

Iroquois Lake, Schenectady Central Park

Iroquois Way Schenectady, NY 12309

No skating in 2015.

Knickerbacker Ice Arena, Troy

103rd St. and 8th Avenue Troy, NY 12180
phone: (518) 235-7761 | website: http://troyny.gov/Departments/Parks_Recreation/Parks/knickerbackerpark.aspx

The rink has public skate, adult skate, and hockey sessions throughout the week -- check the schedule for times.

Public skate is $5 adults / $3 for kids (under 18).

Skate rental is $3. "The Skate Shop at the arena offers 200 pairs of high-quality, well-maintained skates for rental. Sizes range from a toddler's size 6 to women's size 11 and men's size 14." Skate sharpening is $5.

RPI Houston Field House

Burdett Ave and Peoples Ave Troy, NY 12180
phone: (518) 276-6262 | website: https://www.rpi.edu/dept/aux_serv/fieldhouse/skating.html

No public Skating at the Houston Field House in 2015.

Saratoga Spa State Park

19 Roosevelt Drive Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
| website: http://nysparks.com/parks/saratogaspa/details.aspx

Saratoga Spa State Park has two outdoor rinks. The one just off the Avenue of Pines is usually used for hockey. It has a warming hut and there a couple of lights so you can play as long as you can see the puck. The other rink is smaller and there's no hockey allowed. It's further in the park, near the Victoria Pool. No lights here, but you can skate for free all day.

Saratoga Springs Ice Rinks

30 Weibel Ave Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
| website: http://goo.gl/n6nUf

Saratoga Springs has two rinks, an Olympic size rink open July-April and Vernon Arena open September-March. The rinks offer a wide range of open skates, family skates, hockey, figure skating, kids programs. The price varies based on whether you're a city resident or not (only by a buck or two). Check the posted schedule for times, and the posted brochure prices -- here's the one for this fall/winter.

Open skating is $4 adults 18-49 and $3 6-17 and 50+ (city residents) -- add a dollar for non-city residents. Kids 5 and under are free. Skate rentals/sharpenings are $4.

Schenectady County Recreational Facility

5 Tower Road Scotia, NY 12302
phone: (518) 384-2445 | website: http://www.schenectadycounty.com/FullStory.aspx?m=189&amid=728

Offers public skate, open hockey, open figure skating, and other sessions multiple times a week. Check the website for schedule.

For public skate: regular admission $4 / kids (5 and under) $2 / seniors $2. Skate rental is $3.

Schodack Island State Park

1 Schodack Way Schodack Landing, NY 12156
phone: (518) 732-0187 | website: http://nysparks.com/parks/146/details.aspx

The park floods one of its fields to create a large ice rink. Skating 10Am to 3pm on weekdays and 10am to 3:30. They also have Friday night skating from 5pm to 8pm with a bonfire and a volunteer-run snack stand. Skate rental $2.

Swinburne Ice Rink, Albany

Clinton Ave and Manning Blvd Albany, NY 12206
phone: (518) 438-2406 | website: http://albanyny.gov/Government/Departments/Recreation/SwinburneSkatingRink.aspx

It's an outdoor rink in Swinburne Park, but it's covered by a pavilion. $1 for adults, $0.50 for kids, $3 for rental skates. $5 for sharpening.

Hours:
Monday - Thursday 3-5 pm and 7-9:30 pm
Friday 3-5 pm and 7-10 pm
Saturday 12:30-5 pm and 7-10 pm
Sunday 12:30-2pm and 6:15 pm -9:30 pm

The Crossings Pond, Colonie

580 Albany Shaker Road Colonie, NY 12211
phone: (518) 783-2760

Ice permitting. Hours vary at the Crossings pond. It's usually open for skating from noon to 6 pm. Leave your hockey sticks home though, this pond is for skating only.

To be sure, call 783-2760 before you go. If you're going on a weekend, nobody will answer so you might just have to drive by and see for yourself.

Union College Messa Rink

Alexander Ln (Union College) Schenectady, NY 12308
phone: (518) 388-6134 | website: http://unionathletics.com/sports/2005/12/13/Messa_Rink_Schedule_of_Events.aspx?id=493

Offers public skate, drop-in hockey, and other programs a few days a week, including Sunday afternoons. Check website for schedule.

Public skate is $3 / students, faculty, staff free / spouses and children of faculty and staff $2. Skate rental is $3.

Van Schaick Pond, Cohoes

Van Schaick Ave and Continental Ave Cohoes, NY 12047
phone: (518) 233-2116

It's another outdoor pond, so ice permitting and skate at your own risk. Contact Cohoes Recreation Department for more information at 233-2116. (The RPI hockey team has practiced here for fun in the past.)

Washington Park Lake

Washington Park Albany, NY 12203

Ice permitting. The city clears a section of the lake at Washington Park and checks the ice to make sure it's safe for skating. If the ice is 7 inches or thicker, you're allowed to skate. If not, there will be a sign up prohibiting skating or walking on the ice. It's skate at your own risk. And despite the lights in the park, skating is only allowed until sundown.

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