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     Ralph Walker Ice Skating Rink

    We are officially closed for the season.

    Ralph Walker Ice Skating Rink

    The Ralph Walker Ice Skating Rink provides an opportunity for ice skating enthusiasts to develop their skills and ice skating in a safe and managed environment.


    Programs and Activities

    For Detailed Program Information Visit www.ElmCitySkatingClub.com

    Skaters at Walker Rink

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    Public Skating Schedule

    The ice skating rink season lasts from November 1st to March 30th.

    Public Skating Hours
    Monday 12 -1:30 pm
    Wednesday 12 - 1:30 and 6:00 - 7:20 pm (NEW!)
    Friday 12 - 1:30 pm and 8 - 9:20 pm
    Saturday 12 - 1:20 pm and 6 - 7:20 pm
    Sunday 12 - 1:20 pm and 6 - 7:20 pm

    Public Skating Extra Sessions during
    the Christmas Holiday/School Vacation

    Dec & Jan Monday Dec 28 12 - 1:30 and 3 - 4:30 pm
    Tuesday Dec 29 12 - 1:30 and 3 - 4:30 pm
    Wednesday Dec 30 12 - 1:30 pm and 6 - 7:20 pm
    Thursday Dec 31 12 - 1:30 pm and a
    Special New Year's Eve Skate Party from 8 - 12:30
    ($15 per person, tickets may be purchased in advance at rink office - includes skates, snacks, party favors!)
    Friday Jan 1 12 - 1:30, 3 - 4:30 pm and 8 - 9:20 pm
    Week of
    Feb 15 - 19
    Monday Feb 2/15 12 - 1:30 pm
    Tuesday Feb 2/16 12 - 1:30 pm
    Wednesday Feb 2/17 12 - 1:30 pm
    Thursday Feb 2/18 12 - 1:30 pm
    Friday Feb 2/19 12 - 1:30 pm
    We accept cash or checks only for admission and skate rental fees.

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    Special Events during Public Skating throughout the season
    (Cash and checks only)

    Sunday, November 8,
    Military Appreciation Day: 12 - 1:20 and 6 - 7:20 pm

    Anyone showing a Military ID skates for free (skate rentals included) on the
    public skating sessions at 12-1:20 and 6 - 7:20 pm
    Sunday November 15
    Annual Free Skate & Food Drive: 2 - 5pm

    Each person donating $5 or more of non-perishable food, skates for free from 2 - 5 pm.
    Skate rentals included while supplies last.

    Saturday December 5th and Sunday December 6th
    Collection: 12 - 1:20 OR 6 - 7:20 pm
    Each person donating a new, unwrapped toy values at $5 or more, skates for free on one public session.
    Skate rentals included while supplies last.

    We will donate the toys to the local fire dept headquarters who distributes the toys to New Haven children.
    Accepting donations of new unwrapped toys from Nov 21nd through Dec 18th

    Thursday December 31
    New Year’s Eve Skating Party: 8:00 pm - 12:30 am

    Ring in the New Year in a different way! Skate all night and watch the ball drop!
    $20 per person includes: Snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, skate rentals, noisemakers and party hats!
    Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door that night.
    Cost is $15 per person includes refreshments, rental skates, extended skating time from 7:30 – 11:30pm and then we watch the ball drop and ring in the New Year with noise makers and party hats!
    Tickets will be sold in advanced and may be purchased at the door the night of the event.
    Sunday February 7
    Super Bowl 50 Skate Celebration: 6 - 7:20pm
    Sunday February 14
    Valentine's Day Public Skate: 12 - 1:20pm and 6 - 7:20pm

    Bring your sweetheart, best friend, kids, grandparents, or anyone special to the rink for a Valentine's skate! Buy 1 admission and skate rental get the second free! (higher price prevails)
    Saturday March 12
    St. Patrick's Day Extended Public Skate and Raffle: 6 - 8:30pm
    Can you believe your luck? Same price for admission and skate rentals but one whole hour extra to skate! With each paid admission get one ticket to enter for raffle prizes! (Winner need not be present)

    Additional Public Skating hours are available during the holidays and winter breaks.
    Please call the rink for special schedules. 203-946-8007

    Stick Time, Pick-up Hockey and Freestyle/ Power-Stroking
    Stick Time - Adults Only (18yrs. & Older) $10/person
    Monday 8:30 - 9:30 pm
    Tuesday 8:30 - 9:30 pm
    Sunday 9 - 10 pm
    Stick Time - All Ages $10/person
    Friday 9:30 - 10:30 pm
    Sunday 10 -11 am and 7:40 - 8:40 pm
    Note: All stick time and pick up hockey participants are required to wear full gear. Full gear requirements are gloves, all pads, and a helmet with a cage, shield or half shield.
    Pick-up Hockey - Adults Only (18 yrs. & Older) $10/person
    Monday 10 - 11 pm
    Wednesday 10:30 - 11:30 pm
    Freestyle/Subscription Ice
    $10 per person for any portion of an hour - cash or check only
    Private coaches will need to give Insurance certificate to the rink office prior to lessons on these sessions.
    Mondays 5 - 5:50 pm; 6 - 6:50 pm and 7 - 7:50 pm
    Tuesdays 6 - 6:50 pm; 7 - 7:50 pm
    Fridays 5 - 5:50 pm; 6 - 6:50 pm; 7 - 7:50 pm
    Saturdays 4 - 4:50 pm and 5 - 5:50 pm
    Sundays 2 - 2:50 pm and 3 - 3:50 pm

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    Walker Rink Concession
    Walker Rink Concession Area

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    Rink Skating Fees
    Admission Resident Non-Resident
    Adult $4.00 $5.00
    Child (under 18) $3.00 $4.00
    Senior (55 and over) $3.00 $3.00
    Skate Rental $4.00 $4.00
    Special Schedules Holidays & Vacations
    Call Rink for Details: 203-946-8007

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    Rink Rental Fees
    Rentals (50 minutes) Resident Non-Resident
    Peak Hours $175 $240
    Off-peak Hours $150 $165
    Skate Rental $4.00 $4.00
    Peak hours are 3pm to close each weekday, and all day on
    Saturdays, Sundays, school vacations and holidays.
    The only off-peak times are Monday through Friday from 6am to 3pm each weekday.
    Rink is available for Private Rentals, Fundraisers, Corporate Events.
    Contact us to reserve a day and time at walkerskatingrink@sbcglobal.net
    Special Schedules Holidays & Vacations
    Call Rink for Details: 203-946-8007

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    Directions to Ralph Walker Ice Skating Rink

    From the South and East
    Route 95 to Route 91 North Exit 5 (2 miles): State Street Light at bottom of ramp Sharp left under highway Rink is immediately on right

    From the North
    Route 91 South to exit 6
    Left at bottom of ramp under highway
    Right at light: State Street, 1/2 mile to light
    Bear right under highway
    Rink is immediately on right

    Alternate Construction Detour Directions

    From I-91 south
    Exit 4, take a right
    At light take right onto State Street
    Follow about 1/2 mile to rink (rink on left)

    From I-91 North (and I-95 to I-91 North)
    Take Exit 5 State Street
    Right at end of ramp on James Street
    Right on Humphrey Street
    Right on East Street
    Right on State Street
    Rink is on your Left

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    Learn to Skate Lessons

    Learn to skateAll classes are open to children and adults.
    Classes are held at two different time slots.
    Registrants may choose either
    1:35 - 2:25 pm OR 2:45 - 3:35 pm

    Contact: Sue Doolan 203-314-2110

    Class only - One Session - $100
    Class and Rental Skates - One Session - $125
    $25 One-time Membership Fee to US Figure Skating
    Choice of Group Lesson Times: 1:35 - 2:25pm OR 2:45 - 3:35pm
    Session 1: Oct 31 - Dec 12
    Session 2: Dec 19 to Jan 30
    Session 3: Feb 6 to Mar 19

    PDF downloadClick here to download the "Learn to Skate" flyer and here for registration form

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    Lil' Elm Skating Club

    Walker Rink Lil Elm Skating ClubYour tot (3 - 5yrs.) can learn to skate! Classes consists of a 20 minute group lesson and 30 minute practice / on-ice games. Members of the Elm City Skating Club meet for group lessons every Wednesday at Walker Ice Rink from 3:30pm - 4:20pm. All skaters must wear gloves, helmet and loose fit clothing.

    Wednesdays 4 - 4:50 pm
    Contact: Sign up by calling Sue at 203-314-2110

    Class only - One Session - $100
    Class and Rental Skates - One Session - $125
    $25 One-time Membership Fee to US Figure Skating
    Group Lesson Time: 4 - 4:50pm
    Session 1: Nov 4 - Dec 16
    Session 2: Dec 23 to Feb 3
    Session 3: Feb 10 to Mar 23

    PDF downloadClick here to download the "Lil' Elm Learn to Skate" flyer and here for registration form

    The Elm City Skating Club - Come Join The Fun!

    Elm City Skating ClubLearn the basics skills of ice skating in a fun-filled and safe environment. We offer several programs that "foster a spirit of participation not elimination".

    Elm City Skating Club Programs:
    From Beginner to Advanced, Tot to Adult, we have an Ice Skating program just for you!

    For more information about the club and programs visit us at ElmCitySkatingClub.com

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    Register for Class

    Mail-in Registration To:
    Rink Management Solutions LLC
    2558 Whitney Avenue,
    Hamden, CT 06518
    c/o Learn-To-Skate
    Please Make Checks Payable to: Ralph E. Walker Ice Rink.

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    Birthday Parties at Walker Rink

    Blake Field, 1080 State Street
    New Haven, CT 06513
    Call for details: Pam 617-460-4045

    Pizza Package includes 2 slices of pizza per child, 1 drink per child, and 1 desert per child.
    Cost for the Birthday Party package is $210 for up to 10 children.
    Add an additional $12 per child for parties over 10 children.

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