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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 your skates. If the lace opening shrinks as you lace, the skates are probably too big. Generally, wear skates smaller than your shoe size. If you have 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 plan to play hockey, switch to hockey skates later on.

Also, we have different skate models. Some are from different manufacturers. You might 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. If you ask for skates by number, you get on the ice quicker and you don’t have to adjust your skating to a different pair of skates each time.

Purchase

Send and email to me, Keneth Langley, Skating School Director, for help or to make an appointment for measuring. I order and maintain skates suitable for you, a skater in our program. Even if you do not buy right away, I 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 and Maintenance

  • 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.
  • Do not store skates in your locker or skate bag—the boots will rot and the blades will rust.
  • Use cloth blade covers for transport and storage. Store only after the covers and blades are dry.
  • Use rubber blade guards for walking, not for storage or transport—your blades will rust.
  • Leave your skates for me, Keneth Langley, Skating School Director for sharpening about every 20-30 hours of skating. Establish and maintain a regular sharpening schedule.