Ice skating opportunites in Marquette


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ON ICE – Rachel Kramer, senior English major, attends the weekly open skate session at Lakeview Arena on Jan. 30. Lakeview Arena offers daily open skate sessions and skate rentals.

Katarina Rothhorn, Features Editor

With the winter season fully upon us, there are many opportunities for outdoor activities such as skiing, snowboarding and ice skating within the Marquette area. While other winter sports can get a little pricey with equipment, ice skating is one that remains financially accessible to most college students. 

Lakeview Arena, located at 401 Fair Ave next to the Berry Events Center, provides daily open skate opportunities for the community from 1 to 2:50 p.m. Entry costs only $5 for adults and another $5 for skate rentals. However, Michael Anderson, the parks and recreation coordinator for Marquette, said the rented skates can only be used at Lakeview Arena and cannot be taken outdoors. 

Along with open skating sessions, Lakeview Arena also offers drop-in figure skating and drop-in hockey throughout the week for more experienced skaters looking to practice their skills. Prices vary for entry and equipment rentals at these events, but remain under $10 for individuals. 

For those who do have their own skates, there are two seasonal outdoor skating rinks maintained by the City of Marquette located near North Athletic Field on Presque Isle Ave, and at the corner of Spring Street and 7th. The Presque Isle Ave rink is lit daily from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. for those interested in night skating. Skate rentals are not available at these rinks. 

For more information about Lakeview Arena scheduling and prices as well as information on outdoor city rinks, visit their website or check their daily schedule of events.