Ice Rink Opening Celebration Scheduled to Kick-off the Season

The opening of UM-Flint’s Ice Rink will kick-off with a celebration on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 12 until 4 p.m. located outside of the University Pavilion.

“Most college campuses do not have an outdoor ice rink,” said Julie Snyder, associate vice chancellor and the dean of students. “We are fortunate to be able to host this event for our students and their families…The event is filled with a variety of activities for people with varying degrees of skating ability. This is a great opportunity for the Flint community to begin the holiday season in a fun and unique way.”

The university will be partnering with the Holiday Food Drive, so participants are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for free swag. At the event, free skate lessons will be offered by Crystal Skating Academy, along with free skate rentals, food, activities, and games.

“We are thrilled by the number of families who come out to the free, open skating times,” said Theresa Landis, director of recreational services at the university. “We’ve heard many stories from adults who brought their children to skate, about reminisced regarding how they skated on the rink when they themselves were children. The rink provides people who live in the downtown area an additional fun thing to do.”

The rink is open to groups that would like to partner with the university for special ice skating programming, as well as to students, their families, and other community members starting Wednesday, Dec. 6 through Friday, March 2 on Wednesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. and Fridays from 5 to 8 p.m., as well as Saturdays and Sundays from 12 until 4 p.m.

“As the Director of the UM-Flint Recreation Center, I usually see people move indoors each winter to exercise and play sports,” said Landis. “It’s inspiring to see so many people using the rink to be physically active outdoors. Ice skating gives us another exercise option while enjoying our Michigan winter. We had over 1,700 skaters during the 2016-2017 season.”

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own skates as rentals will be limited. To register, students may visit