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Allegheny County Ice Skating Rinks Open Nov. 8

Something to look forward to as the weather grows colder ...

The Allegheny County Parks Department will open the South Park and North Park ice skating rinks on Thursday, Nov. 8, weather and conditions permitting. The county's 2012-13 ice skating season will run through mid-March.

Admission to each rink costs $5 per day per adult aged 18-59 and $3 per adult aged 60 and older. Children aged 17 and younger can also pay $3 per admission.

Senior season passes cost $25 (ages 60 and older). Admission is free for active volunteer firefighters and volunteer emergency medical technicians with a Park Pass Program photo ID.

Skates rental costs $2 per day, and skates sharpening, when available, costs $4.50.

Hours of Operation

South Park Ice Skating Rink

Tuesdays 10 a.m.-noon and 7:30-9 p.m. Wednesdays 3:30-7 p.m. and 7:30-9 p.m. Thursdays 7:30-9 p.m. Fridays 10 a.m.-noon, 3:30-7 p.m. and 7:30-10 p.m. Saturdays 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 4:30-7 p.m. and 7:30-10 p.m. Sundays 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 4:30-7 p.m. and 7:30-9 p.m.

North Park Ice Skating Rink

Tuesdays 7:30-9 p.m. Wednesdays 9-11 a.m., noon-3 p.m., 4:30-7 p.m. and 7:30-9 p.m. Thursdays 7:30-9 p.m. Fridays 9-11 a.m., noon-3 p.m., 4:30-7 p.m. and 7:30-10 p.m. Saturdays 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 4:30-7 p.m. and 7:30-10 p.m. Sundays 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 4:30-7 p.m. and 7:30-9 p.m. 

Both rinks will be open from noon to 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day and will hold regular hours on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Presidents Day.

Both rinks are closed on Mondays (except Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve, MLK Day and Presidents Day). They are also closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Due to high school hockey games, the South Park Rink will be closed on Jan. 9 and 10, and the North Park Rink will be closed on Jan. 23 and 24.

For additional available hours, call the South Park Rink at 412-833-1499 and the North Park Rink at 724-935-1280.

Special Ice Skating Events

Family Skate Wednesdays $10 per family (two adults and a maximum of four children), 4:30-7 p.m., every Wednesday Sweetheart Couples Skate Buy one admission and get one for free for couples aged 17 and younger, 7:30-10 p.m., Valentine's Day Community Days Program Group discount rate of $2 per person for any municipality, community development group, employees group or association, or community-oriented association. Visit the program website or call 412-350-2455 for more information. South Park Ice Skating Show Monday, March 4, 7 p.m. Admission is free. North Park Ice Skating Show Monday, March 11, 7 p.m. Admission is free.

Rink Rentals

The ice skating rinks are also available for rent throughout the season. The cost is $100 per hour when scheduled two weeks in advance and $125 per hour for same-day rentals.

Free & Paid Ice Skating Lessons

The county Parks Department is offering both free and paid ice skating lessons throughout the season to residents aged 5 and older (no exceptions). For information, use the following links:

For more information, visit the ice skating rinks website or call the South Park Rink at 412-833-1499 and the North Park Rink at 724-935-1280.

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