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Private Membership Skating Clubs

Skating Clubs offering private membership are operated by its members
      Obviously when a single organization - pubic or private - is involved, it is easier to achieve a consensus. As more groups become involved, the difficulty of pleasing everyone becomes more problematic. However, this also means more members of the community will receive benefits, just not to the exclusive level they would prefer.

      In a few cases the members actually own and operate the facility. In many instances the non-profit clubs lease/contract for large blocks of ice for the exclusive use of its members and offer "Learn to Skate" group class programs.

Scheduling problems arise in the winter months as demand for ice time exceeds the supply
      A well designed rink with one sheet of ice generally provides amenities such as spectator seating, off-ice training facilities, well equipped locker rooms, adequate parking, and comprehensive food service. The amenities can be located to serve a second or third ice surface.

      An excellent example is the Ice House which is largest ice skating facility in the NYC Metro and Northern NJ area featuring 4 skating rinks for hockey, figure skating, and public ice skate sessions.

      There is a tendency for rink management to cater almost exclusively to the competitive aspects of ice sports. However, there is a large body of recreational athletes that can provide a very profitable revenue stream if rink management invests the time and energy to develop interest in curling, speed, hockey, and figure skating programs as well as offering a schedule of public skating on a year round basis. Never forget that the public sessions provide a constant source of new skaters who potentially may desire to specialized in a specific ice skating sport. The television coverage of the Winter Olympic Sports stimulate a larger interest in ice skating than typically occurs in the build up to the christmas gift giving season.

      When the demand for ice, for specific purposes, far exceeds the supply the market causes the ice fees increase for the popular time slots. If the management intends to operate the facility all year round, they must consider how to support the club(s) that are most active after the winter competitive season ends. This usually occurs about the time the outside weather in colder climates favors getting outdoors after being cooped up indoors all winter.

Skating is not just for school children
       Over the previous two decades there has been an increase in the 20 to 30 age singles who have become enthusiastic about ice skating. These skaters will take lessons, pay admissions, purchase new skates, various protective gear, and garments to enter competitions.

      The summer heat and humidity problems have been solved for several decades. Rinks that installed the necessary dehumidifying equipment gained from the additional revenue that far exceed the extra power and labor expenses to operate year round.

Ice Rinks as Money Makers
Having owned and operated an ice rink for 29 years, I have a unique view of the ... It doesn't matter whether they are privately owned or government owned.

New York Ice Skating History – A Brief Overview of Ice Skating ...
The evolution of ice skating on ponds, lakes, and manmade rinks in New York ... site of the privately owned Ravenhall Baths to open Abe Stark Rink in 1970.

Surface statistics: ice rink study gives the cold, hard facts ...
"in Minnesota, for example, there aren't any truly privately owned and operated

Privately Owned and Operated Skating Membership Clubs
    Only 7 or 8 Skating Clubs in the USA own their own facility.  A few older figure skating clubs, including the Skating Club of Boston and the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club are organized along the same lines as a country club.

   They effectively operate as private social clubs as well as sports organizations. Some include club activities such as dinners, teas or receptions. At these clubs, prospective members typically need to be sponsored by existing members and are expected to become acquainted with others in the club before the board votes on their membership application.
  • Princeton Skating Club
    The Princeton Skating Club is a private member owned 501(c)(7) organization. ... Membership in US Figure Skating is required for any members who plan to join.
  • Wilmington Ice Arena, Home of The Skating Club of Wilmington Delaware
    schools visit the Feb. 22, 2004... one of about five ice rinks in the United States, owned and operated by its members. Today's members are a diverse group, and membership fees are ... Groups from public and private rink each month to skate ... The Skating Club of Wilmington also operates ice skating camps
  • Skating Club of Boston
    The Skating Club of Boston is a figure skating club based in Boston, Massachusetts. Formed in 1911, it is one of the oldest skating clubs in the United States.
  • Cleveland Skating Club
    Jun 20, 1997 ... The Cleveland Skating Club, 2500 Kemper Rd., Shaker Heights, was one of the first figure skating clubs in the U.S. to own its own club.
  • Wissahickon Skating Club
    WSC was the host club for the 1998 US National Figure Skating Championship held in Philadelphia and is the home of the Colgate/Wissahickon Summer Hockey
City Owned and Operated Ice Rinks
     Facilities that offer a full compliment of recreational activities and services are more likely to achieve the maximum support from the community to fund larger, more expensive and comprehensive plans.
  • Montgomery Parks: Ice Skating - Wheaton Ice Arena
  • Wheaton Ice Arena is one of the two ice skating facilities owned and managed by the Montgomery Parks Department.

  • Lake Placid - Olympic Center
  • It is often said, that Lake Placid is where "miracles are made". ... 7,700 seat 1980 Rink Herb Brooks Arena (named after the Miracle on Ice coach) hosts ... to life Lake Placid's miraculous history as the world's winter sports capital.
  • Vancouver Park Board - Ice Rinks
  • A complete range of skating programs, special seasonal events and rental opportunities ... 2099 Beach Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Wheaton Ice Arena is one of the two ice skating facilities owned and managed by Montgomery Parks (M-NCPPC) and is located in Wheaton Regional Park in Wheaton, Maryland. Open year-round, this NHL size rink offers sessions for all skating abilities and interests. Programs are offered for recreational, freestyle, hockey, and speed skaters. Also offered are a warming room, party rooms, pro shop, and snack bar and workout facility.
  • Cabin John Ice Rink is one of the two ice rinks owned and managed by Montgomery Parks and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC). We offer a diverse selection of programs for all ages, with Indoor NHL, Olympic and Studio size rinks open year-round.
  • Community Ice Rink at Everett has to offer. Located adjacent to the main arena, the NHL regulation 200’x85’ size ice sheet offers opportunities skaters of all skill levels and interests.
Non Profit 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt Organizations
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