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Highlands Ice Skating Rink

by Luke Osteen

Like something from a storybook, Highlands’ Ice Skating Rink is the perfect spot for making cherished winter memories.

On page 76, you’ll find Dr. Patti Wheeler’s sage advice about keeping your heart healthy. Prominent among Dr. Patti’s suggestions is the admonition to “Exercise for at least 30 minutes, three times a week.”

This comes into play when you consider the marvelous resource that’s the Highlands Recreation Department’s Ice Skating Rink at the Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park on Pine Street.

Even if you’re not ready to win a gold in the Winter Olympics, you can still hone your skating skills and get that vigorous exercise that Dr. Patti’s talking about.

The rink opened in 2016, thanks to the generosity of Art and Angela Williams, and has since been a gathering place for skaters of all ages. Cost is $5 (with or without skates). Rental skates are available, from youth size 8 through adult size 14.

Coffee and hot chocolate are available for skaters.

Highlands Skating Rink is open now through March 1. Hours are Thursdays 1:00 until 8:00 P.M.; Fridays and Saturdays 1:00 until 10:00 P.M.; and Sundays, 1:00 until 5:00 P.M.

During the holiday season, in addition to the hours listed above, the rink will be open Monday, December 23; and Monday, December 30, through Wednesday, January 1.

If you want to bring a party or group of friends, the Highlands Recreation Department has reserved Mondays and Tuesdays for group bookings from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. Please make reservations two weeks in advance of your party. For more information, call the Highlands Recreation Department at (828) 526-3556.

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