Making Skating Accessible For All

At South Bend Venues Parks & Arts, we strive to make sure every resident has full access to all of our park amenities, regardless of personal circumstances. This value led to the creation of our Skate It Forward (SIF) initiative, which aims to eliminate barriers to entry to Howard Park’s Ice Trail for fellow residents.

One such barrier is the ability to skate, and thanks to SIF we are excited to be able to offer introductory skating lessons for the public at no additional cost to the price of admission. Every Monday evening, during the first hour of public skating, two half hour introductory level skating classes will be held on the Tire Rack Ice Pond. These are very basic, entry level classes focused on getting new skaters with no prior skating experience (and of all ages) to build confidence and get more comfortable on the ice.

To provide a quality experience for participants, classes are capped at 20 individuals to maintain a proper instructor-to-student ratio. Spots are available on a first come, first serve basis. To register for a class, please click here.

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Basic Skills 1

Mondays from 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM

A. Sit on ice and stand up

B. March forward across the ice

C. Forward two-foot glide

D. Dip

E. Forward swizzles (6-8 in a row)

F. Backward wiggles (6-8 in a row)

G. Beginning snowplow stop on two feet or one foot

Bonus skill: two-foot hop in place

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Basic Skills 2

Mondays from 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM

A. Scooter pushes — R and L

B. Forward one-foot glides — R and L

C. Backward two-foot glide — Glide the length of skater’s height

D. Rocking Horse (one forward swizzle, one backward swizzle) — Repeat twice

E. Backward swizzles — 6–8 in a row

F. Two-foot turns from forward to backward in place — clockwise and counterclockwise

G. Moving snowplow stop «Bonus skill: Curves

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Interested In More?

If interested in further instruction, we encourage you to check out one of our Learn To Skate USA partner organizations in South Bend where a variety of skating classes across all skill levels are offered.