In many towns in Massachusetts, ice skating isn't just for the winter. During the winter, ponds and outdoor rinks throughout New England fill up with ice skaters; however, indoor rinks let ice skaters enjoy what used to be a winter-time activity throughout the year. Burbank Ice Arena in Reading, Massachusetts, provides a space to hit the ice during any season.
Burbank Ice Arena (burbankicearena.com) is the only ice skating rink in Reading, Massachusetts. The town of Reading is located north of Boston on the eastern side of the state, making the rink a convenient location for Bostonians as well as other people living in the greater Boston area and northeastern portion of Massachusetts. Burbank Ice Arena is located on 51 Symonds Way, which is a small road off of Haverhill Street. Haverhill Street is easily accessible from Route 95, Exit 40, as well as Route 93.
Burbank Ice Arena opens its doors and offers public skating sessions throughout the year. For specific periods throughout the week, skaters of any skill level can strap on their skates and hit the ice. For instance, in the spring of 2011, the rink was open for public skating on Sunday evenings from 6 p.m. to 7:50 p.m., and morning to early afternoon Monday through Friday. Public skating cost $5 for adults and $4 for students and seniors.
Beginning skaters or even experienced ones who long to refine their abilities can take lessons at the Burbank Ice Arena in Reading. Lessons are available all year long. A number of organizations provide young hockey players with lessons, such as the Reading Youth Hockey skating and hockey clinics (readingyouthhockey.org), as well as the North Shore Hockey Skills Sessions (eteamz.com/northshorehockey). North Shore Skating Club (nsskating.net), PowerEdge Hockey (poweredgehockey.com) and Adult Hockey (thehockeyacademy.com) also offer a variety of private and group lessons throughout the year.
Other Skating Services
Along with hosting public skating sessions, Burbank Ice Arena provides area skaters with other opportunities and services. For $10 a skater, blossoming hockey players can attend a stick practice on any afternoon during the week. Hockey skaters must remember to bring HECC approved helmets, along with safety waivers for minors. Dull blades can be given new life at the arena: the arena sharpens skates for $5 a pair. Skaters who don't own their own skates can even rent a pair at the arena.
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