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Cantiague Park Indoor Rink Stays Open

Although the County’s two outdoor ice-skating rinks (at Christopher Morley and Grant parks) have closed for the season, skaters can continue to enjoy the pastime at Cantiague Park’s newly renovated indoor ice-skating rink.

The Cantiague Park ice-skating rink offers public skating sessions from five to seven days a week, generally from 1 to 3 p.m., depending upon the demands on the rink from hockey leagues and other events. There are also multiple sessions on Mondays and Fridays, depending upon other demands on the rink. During the school year, the rink adds additional public sessions during breaks. Public sessions are divided into general skating and speed skating (speed skates required). To learn more about public sessions, call the Cantiague Park skating rink (571-7056).

In addition, on Friday, March 25, the rink will kick off a series of Friday night public skating sessions from 8 to 10 p.m. that feature a disc jockey spinning records.

The Cantiague Park rink is one of the most popular on Long Island, playing host to patrons from beginners to some of the area’s finest amateurs. Over the years, the rink has also hosted several Olympians, including Nancy Kerrigan, and once served as a practice facility for the New York Islanders hockey team.

Last September, County Executive Mangano unveiled a $400,000 renovation project at the rink that included new boards and glass partitions, new lighting, a new coat of paint for the stands, and an improved drainage system.

Centrally located in Hicksville on West John Street, Cantiague Park provides a range of activities spread over 127 acres, including an executive-level nine-hole, par-30 golf course and driving range; mini-golf; tennis, handball and basketball courts; a new multipurpose turf field and additional athletic fields; a large playground; picnic areas; and an outdoor swimming pool complex.