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New ice skate donation program aims to expand outdoor rink usage

Post Date:12/26/2018 2:34 PM

Ice skating is one of the greatest Minnesota pastimes. Whether it is hockey, figure skating, or ice skating for fun, it seems to be an activity that most Minnesotan has enjoyed at some point.

"Kids grow out of ice skates fast," explained recreation supervisor Nick Thompson. "Resident can free up space in their home or garage by donating their gently used ice skates to a great program. We are looking for all sizes and types of ice skates, whether they be hockey or figure skating."

Since ice skating is so prolific in Minnesota, everyone should get a chance to experience the joy of gliding on ice. But, some have found ice skating and hockey to be a cost-prohibitive activity, in terms of owning or even renting a pair of ice skates.

To combat this problem, and to make sure everyone has the chance to be able to ice skate, Richfield’s Recreation Services Department is introducing a new ice skate donation program.

"Ice skating and hockey are far from the cheapest recreation activities," said Thompson. "Through this new skate donation program, we want to allow residents, no matter their socio-economic status, the chance to enjoy the city's outdoor ice rinks." 

If you, or anyone you know, have ice skates that have been outgrown or no longer used, this program is for you. All of the donated ice skates will be used to establish a free ice skate rental supply and program at the Donaldson and Christian Park warming houses.

Ice skates can be donated by dropping them off at the Richfield Community Center (Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.), Richfield Ice Arena (7 days a week from 8 a.m.- 10 p.m.), and at the Christian and Donaldson Park warming houses (hours vary by day and location).

This donation program offers the chance for more Richfield kids and adults to discover a new passion while also having some fun with friends and family. 

For more information contact recreation supervisor Nick Thompson by calling 612-861-9396 or emailing nthompson@richfieldmn.gov. 

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