CONTACT: Julie Willmot
(609) 278-7137
Ice Skating Center, (609) 371-1766

TRENTON - For a fun, affordable activity just right for people of all ages, look no further than Mercer County's Public Ice Skating Center. The Rink opens for the season this Saturday, Nov. 15 The skating center, located at Mercer County Park in West Windsor, is open to the public seven days a week during the operating season, which runs November to March.

"We're so proud of our Skating Center, which underwent a facelift a few seasons ago,'' said Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes. "For less than the price of a movie ticket, visitors can get a bit of exercise, warm up and wind down by the fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa and share time with friends and family."

The Skating Center has a full snack bar, dining tables, vending machines, a skate sharpening service and lockers. The center offers general public skating sessions, family night sessions, birthday parties and ice time for hockey. Group lessons are offered, as are private lessons given by County skating professionals. The Skating Center has skate rentals, group rates, and private party rentals on Wednesday and Sunday evenings.

Opening weekend hours are: Nov. 15, 1-3:30 p.m. and 8-10 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 16, 1-3:30 p.m.; Regular Hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Fridays, 8:30-10:30 p.m.; Senior Skate (62 and older), Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9-10 a.m.; Saturdays, 1-3:30 p.m., 5-7 p.m. and 8-10 p.m.; Sundays 1-3:30 p.m. Ticket prices are: Adults, $7; Junior (11 and under), $5; and Seniors, $5. Skates can be rented for $2 per pair. Frequent skater passes also are available. Group Lessons for adults and children ages 5 and older begin Nov. 15 and 16 from 9:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Learn to Play Hockey Program begins Nov. 16 from 11:45 a.m-12:45 p.m.  The programs run for five consecutive weeks with rolling admission. Lesson prices are: Adult, $60; Junior $55, Ice Hockey, $85. Private skating lessons are on Saturday and Sunday mornings. For a complete skating schedule, a list of special events or directions, go to www.mercercounty.org and click on Parks Commission listing, or call the Skating Center at (609) 371-1766.