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South Park Ice Rink to Close for Season Sunday Night

On the positive side, it's a sign that winter is coming to an end.

UPDATE (March 15, 2:41 p.m.): The South Park and North Park ice skating rinks will both close for the season on Sunday night, March 17.

There's still time for one more skating session. The rink will be open today, Sunday, for sessions from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 4:30 to 7 p.m. and 7:30 to 9 p.m.

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The below information was originally published in November, 2012.

The Allegheny County Parks Department will open the South Park and North Park ice skating rinks on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, 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.

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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Robert Edward Healy, III January 08, 2013 at 11:21 PM
UPDATE: The South Park Ice Rink will be closed to public skating and skating lessons from Jan. 8 to 11 in order to host high school hockey games. The lessons will be rescheduled.
Robert Edward Healy, III January 09, 2013 at 11:10 PM
Another UPDATE: The Allegheny County Parks Department today announced that the high school hockey games scheduled for Jan. 11 at the South Park Ice Rink have been canceled due to expected warm temperatures. The games have been rescheduled for Feb. 22. The South Park Ice Rink will remain closed to public skating and skating lessons on Jan. 9 and 10. The rink will reopen for regular sessions on Jan. 11, weather permitting.
Robert Edward Healy, III February 01, 2013 at 04:35 PM
UPDATE: Due to high school hockey, the South Park Ice Rink will be closed for regular public sessions beginning on Wednesday, Feb. 20, and continuing through Friday, Feb. 22. Regular public sessions will again be available on Saturday, Feb. 23.
Robert Edward Healy, III February 19, 2013 at 04:57 PM
REMINDER: Due to high school hockey, the South Park Ice Rink will be closed for regular public sessions beginning on Wednesday, Feb. 20, and continuing through Friday, Feb. 22. Regular public sessions will again be available on Saturday, Feb. 23.

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