Rockford Park District Highlights Success on Ice

It’s great to skate! At tonight’s Rockford Park District Board of Commissioners meeting, a variety of ice skaters were recognized for their success on the ice.

In 2015, the Rockford Park District reorganized the Learn to Skate program, putting an emphasis on fun introductory lessons that engage youth to pursue skating whether through figure skating or hockey. Already in 2017, nearly 2,000 people have been a part of the Rockford Park District’s figure skating program. “Our skating program is designed to help youth and adults achieve their skating goals, either recreationally or competitively,” said Monique Bailey, Figure Skating Director.

815 Edge Highlights

The Rockford Park District and Rockford Skating Club celebrated the success of the “815 Edge” high school team, which completed its second competitive year. Skaters compete against other Illinois high school teams in individual events, jumps, spins, and moves in the field to earn their placement and receive medals. Ten members competed from January through March. The team is coached by Kathy Torrence, assisted by Monique Bailey, Figure Skating Director, and is governed by U.S. Figure Skating. In January, the Rockford Skating Club, a valued partner of the Rockford Park District, hosted the Illinois High School Figure Skating Team Competition at Carlson Ice Arena for the first time. Dave Sutton, a Rockford Skating Club board member, was instrumental in securing the competition. In all 49 skaters competed, which included nine members from “815 Edge.”

Spring Ice Show Highlights

Through the District’s Learn to Skate program, 415 skaters were invited to participate in the 2017 Spring Ice Show, “The Enchanted Forest on Ice.” The show featured 170 skaters ages 2 to 70. The Ice Show provides an opportunity for skaters of all skill levels to share their talents.

Learn to Skate Opportunities

The Rockford Park District is always looking at the skating curriculum, which has been redesigned by Learn to Skate USA, and publically endorsed by USA Hockey, US Speed Skating, and US Figure Skating. Lesson opportunities take place year-round, and are for all ages. For more information or to register, visit www.rockfordparkdistrict.org/skating or call 815-969-4069. For information on accessibility and adapted equipment for skaters with disabilities, call 815-987-8800.

POSTED JULY 11, 2017

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