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Parks and Recreation

Skates

Rental

Wear one pair of thin socks, tights, or nylons—no thick socks. Unlike street shoes, ice skates must fit tightly to avoid the “wobbly” (ankles). Toes should touch or nearly touch the end of the skates. If the lace opening shrinks as you lace, the skates are probably too big. Generally, wear skates smaller than your shoe size. For narrow or wide feet, ask a staff member for sizing help.

We have regular skates and hockey skates. Typically, learn to skate in regular skates. If you want to play hockey, switch to hockey skates later on.

Also, we have different models of skates. Some are from different manufacturers. You may need to use trial and error to find the right rental skates for you. We can help, though!

Important! After choosing a pair of skates that fits properly, record or remember the number written on the sole and always ask for that pair by number. Request skates by number so that you get on the ice quicker and don’t have to adjust your skating to a different pair of skates each time.

Purchase

Send an email to me, Keneth Langley, the Skating School Director, for help or to make an appointment for measuring. I order and maintain skates suitable for you, as a skater in our program. Even if you do not purchase right away, I will advise you. There are differences in skating equipment. Buy the right skates based on your age, ability, and goals. Use your time, money, and talent wisely! No cheap skates!

Care

Walk on rubber floors only—not in the lobby, on the metal ramps, or on the wooden bleachers. Also, keep your skates from clicking together when you carry them.