It’s time to lace up and hit the ice. The outdoor skating rink at in Hewlett has just opened for the season; it's a great local place to enjoy a popular winter sport through mid-March.
Although indoor rinks are a bit warmer and not susceptible to inclement weather, nothing beats the exhilaration of skating in the fresh air in the middle of a serene wooded park. You can even bring along a thermos of hot chocolate to enjoy by the lake when you’re done skating.
With 15 skating sessions per week at various times of the morning, afternoon and evening, the schedule can accommodate almost everyone’s needs. All sessions are two hours, which run from Wednesday through Sunday.
For residents with a leisure pass ($25 for three years), the cost is $7 for adults and $5 for kids. For those without passes, it’s $20 for adults and $14 for kids. Reduced rates are available to veterans, firefighters, auxiliary police and the disabled. Children three and under can skate for free when accompanied by a paying adult with a pass.
You can also sign up for skating lessons, at only $60 for 10 classes. Whether you’re a beginner, or a skater who wants to sharpen your skills, there’s several different classes for specific age ranges and level of experience. For the truly advanced skater, take the rink’s “power skate” classes. Private lessons are available too, for those who want a focused one-on-one approach.
Groups, hockey games and private rentals are also welcome. You can bring your own skates or rent them for a $5 fee, and lockers are available as well.