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 2016.

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, stick and puck, and adult skate (anyone over age 30).

Public skate: $4 / seniors $3 / children under $2 / rentals for $3.

Check the schedule for the prices of other sessions. (Goalies skate free during hockey sessions.)

There are also 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/

The NHL-size rink is open until the end of March, and non-members are allowed to skate there. The rink offers both open skate and open hockey. Check the schedule.

Open skate for non-members: $5 for adults / $4 for students/ $3 for 5 and under. Rentals are $2.

Buckingham Pond, Albany

Colonial Ave and Berkshire Blvd Albany, NY 12208
| website: https://www.facebook.com/BuckinghamPond/

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 do people from the neighborhood). As long as there is no sign prohibiting it, the pond is open for skating. Skating after dark is not permitted.

The pond often gets busy on the weekends with families skating and pick-up hockey games. The Buckingham Pond Conservancy has a skating party scheduled for February 7, 2016 from 1-3 pm (weather and ice permitting).

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. (There are also learn-to-skate classes.)

Public skate is $5, kids (6 and under) $3. Skate rental is $3. (No credit cards.)

Collins Park, Scotia

Kiwanis Way Scotia, NY 12302

Though there has been skating here in the past, skating is not permitted on the lake in Collins Park this year (2016).

Elm Avenue Park Rink, Bethlehem

261 Elm Avenue Delmar, NY 12054
phone: (518) 439-4955 x3 | website: http://www.townofbethlehem.org/261/Winter-Activities

"The ice skating rink is open daily for general skating 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: https://winter.empirestateplaza.org/

The ESP rink -- located near The Egg -- is back for another season (2015-2016). 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 located at the plaza level. And there's music.

Hours: Every day from 11 am - 8 pm (weather permitting). The rink is closed from 3pm - 4 pm each day for maintenance. Be sure to check before heading out because if it's been warm or rainy, the rink might be closed.

Skate rental: $4 for adults / $3 for 12 and under / 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 ice hasn't been groomed so far this year (2016), so it's not set up as an official rink. Call the park office before heading out (279-1155).

HVCC Conway Ice Rink

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 6, 2016.) If classes are canceled, public skating is closed.
Admission is $3 adults / $2 kids (under 12) / $2 alumni, faculty, staff (with ID) / free for HVCC students (with ID). Skate rental is $3. Skate sharpening is $5.

Indian Meadows Park, Glenville

155 Droms Road Scotia, NY 12302
phone: (518) 688-1200 | website: http://www.townofglenville.org/Public_Documents/GlenvilleNY_parks/index

This town of Glenville park has three rinks that are open from dusk to dawn. (They opened in mid-January for 2015-2016). The town grooms the ice as conditions allow.

Iroquois Lake, Schenectady Central Park

Iroquois Way Schenectady, NY 12309

We're still trying to get info for 2016. But in winters past, there has been skating here -- citizens have taken upon themselves to clear the ice.

Knickerbacker Ice Arena, Troy

103rd St. and 8th Avenue Troy, NY 12180
phone: (518) 235-7761 | website: http://www.troyny.gov/Departments/Parks_Recreation/icearena.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) / seniors $2.

Skate rental is $3. Skate sharpening is $5.

Saratoga Spa State Park

19 Roosevelt Drive Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
phone: (518) 584-2000 | 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 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.

Be sure to call the park office (584-2000) and/or check its Facebook page before heading out.

Saratoga Springs Ice Rinks

30 Weibel Ave Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
| website: http://www.saratoga-springs.org/Facilities/Facility/Details/Saratoga-Springs-Ice-Rinks-23

Saratoga Springs has two rinks. The Weibel Avenue Ice Rink (Olympic size) is open July-March and Vernon Arena (NHL size) 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 prices.

Open skating is $4 adults / $3 for kids and seniors (city residents) -- add a dollar for non-city residents. Skate rentals and sharpening 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: 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. You can skate 7 am-5 pm every day. They also just started Friday night skating (mid-January 2016) from 5-8 pm. There's also skate rental available for $2. (If there's not someone there for renting skates during regular hours, stop by the park office and they might be able to help you.)

Swinburne Ice Rink, Albany

810 Clinton Ave Albany, NY 12206
phone: (518) 438-2406 | website: http://www.albanyny.org/Government/Departments/Recreation/ParksandFacilities/SwinburneSkatingRink.aspx

It's an outdoor rink in Swinburne Park covered by a pavilion. It's open in the afternoons and evenings through March (2016).

Public skate is $1 for adults/ $0.50 for kids under 18. Skate rental is $3. It's $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

There's no skating on the pond at The Crossings this winter (2015-2016) -- apparently the conditions just haven't cooperated the last few years. The town is looking to set up an outdoor rink at the Colonie Golf Course, but conditions have come together for that, yet. So it's something to check on if we get a string of cold days.

Union College Messa Rink

Alexander Ln 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 Sundays 2-3:45 pm, and Monday-Wednesday-Friday noon-1:30 pm. No skating January 29 or February. Public skating ends March 21, 2016. (Be sure to check the schedule for any changes before heading out.) There are also learn-to-skate and learn-to-play-hockey programs.

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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