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Inwood Ice Arena Holding Special Events, Public Skating Hours

Public skating time will be available almost every day students are on winter break for the holidays.

Inwood Skate School students perform to holiday music at last year's Holiday Public Skate and Exhibition at Inwood Ice Arena. Credit: Supplied Photo
Inwood Skate School students perform to holiday music at last year's Holiday Public Skate and Exhibition at Inwood Ice Arena. Credit: Supplied Photo
Here's one to print out and save for when the kids are home from school and start saying they're bored...

Special events at the Joliet Park District's Inwood Ice Arena, 3000 W. Jefferson St., are:
  • Holiday Public Skate and Exhibition, 1 to 4 p.m., Dec. 22. The rink is open to the public from 1 to 2:30 p.m., and then Inwood Skate School participants perform to holiday music. There is no admission fee, but donations of paper goods -- paper towels, toilet paper, Kleenex, paper plates and other items -- are requested for Guardian Angel Community Services in Joliet.
  • Santa Visits Inwood Ice Arena, noon to 2:30 p.m., Dec. 23. Event includes a chance to talk to Santa, play games and win prizes.
Other public skate times during winter break are:

  • 1 to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 26
  • Noon to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 27
  • 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 28
  • 1 to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 29
  • Noon to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 30
  • 1 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 2
  • Noon to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 3
  • 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 4
  • 1 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 5

Anyone who makes a donation of a paper goods item -- paper towels, toilet paper, Kleenex, paper plates and other items -- for Guardian Angel Community Services in Joliet will get $1 break off the admission price during public skate times.

For more information, call 815-741-7275, Ext. 305.
Herc December 09, 2013 at 08:03 PM
I hope the picture above doesn't represent the patronage of the rink. Desolate!
just me December 10, 2013 at 01:58 PM
Right Herc. Marketing 101. If you want to have more people come, you capture photos that show people enjoying themselves. Not a desolute icerink that looks lonely
Karen Sorensen (Editor) December 10, 2013 at 02:03 PM
@Herc and just me -- I cannot disagree with either of you. I could not find any photo of the rink online other than this on the ice arena's Facebook page. And because I put the story together late, I didn't have time to run over to the rink to see if anyone was on the ice. If anyone has a better shot I can add to the article, send it to karen@patch.com.
Herc December 10, 2013 at 03:57 PM
@Karen, I'm not sure where you received the info, but don't you think management at the rink could of supplied a picture with their information and times. This shows poor management of the ice rink. Not your fault Karen, Inwood should supply the picture.
Karen Sorensen (Editor) December 10, 2013 at 04:01 PM
@Herc -- It's funny you should mention this. I told someone just the other day that if it were my job to send out press releases, each one would have a photograph showing the business/agency in its best light. However, in this case, I picked up the info from the park district's newsletter. I just thought it was news people -- especially parents -- could use, and I crafted something together from that. This would have made a great press release, though, so maybe the park district will do one next time! ;-)
Herc December 10, 2013 at 04:36 PM
@Karen, isn't that sad, the picture you used came from their Facebook page. You'd think someone in management over there would put a better picture up. Maybe one showing people actually skating and having fun. Hopefully someone working over there will notice and change it. Thanks Karen, for trying to keep the community informed.
Karen Sorensen (Editor) December 11, 2013 at 12:10 AM
@Herc -- I'm very happy to report that a parent of one of the skate school students saw our exchange and sent me three photos from last year's Holiday Public Skate and Exhibition. She declined a photo credit so I'm giving her a shout-out here. I'm so glad you said something about it...
Herc December 11, 2013 at 08:24 AM
@Karen...The best advertisement out there, word of mouth. The park district should give this parent a big thank you! Hopefully management will up date their Facebook pages and take more interest on what the public see's! Right now it show's poor management, and as a tax payer I think they can do better! Thanks for the up date Karen!
J. Ann December 12, 2013 at 03:28 PM
I remember wayyy back in the 60's when I was in elementary/middle school, and the rink was open in the evenings and weekends a lot more than it is now. It was THE place to be! Then on to Shakee's pizza. Yep, I'm showing my age---but I can still skate just as well! :)
just me December 12, 2013 at 04:10 PM
Thanks, Karen. Now it looks like fun

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