Ice skating begins Monday at Van Andel Arena but reservations are full

Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — While public skating is set to begin on Monday at Van Andel Arena, officials said that reservations are already full.

All is not lost, however. The arena is offering 50 free, walk-up spots for each of the 29 skating sessions. Walk-up entries are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

The winter public skating season at Van Andel Arena includes 10 days of skating over the next month with 29, 90-minute skating sessions. The city said each skating session is open to 150 skaters — with 100 skating spots going to those with reservations and the other 50 available for walk-up skating.

Open skating at Van Andel Arena will take place:

  • Monday, Dec. 20: 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 21: 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 26: 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Monday, Dec. 27: 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 28: 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Jan. 2: 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 4: 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Jan. 9: 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 11: 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Jan. 16: 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The Grand Rapids City Commission approved the ice skating plan on Tuesday.

The finalized skating plan includes free skating and skate rentals. The city said visitors have the option to bring their own skates, but hockey equipment, such as hockey sticks and pucks, are not allowed.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19, face masks will be encouraged when not on the ice regardless of vaccination status. The city said skating equipment will be sanitized after each use and asks that skaters who are feeling sick stay home.

The cost of Van Andel Arena skating is the same amount as the Parks department and DGRI typically spend for a season of skating at Rosa Parks Circle, the city said. The $100,000 bill will be covered by the $60,000 in the city’s FY2022 Parks and Recreation budget for the season and $40,000 from Downtown Grand Rapids Inc.

For more information about the skating season at Van Andel Arena, visit the Rosa Parks Circle website and Facebook page.

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