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Ice Skating in Niles

Although the creation each year of an ice skating rink is not a project that the City of Niles coordinates, we have been happy to assist volunteers in providing this activity for the community. Join us in downtown Niles for ice skating during the winter months.  Riverfront Park is open until 10pm.  The Niles Police Department opens the rink each morning about 9:30 and closes it each evening around 9:30 pm. You can use your own skates anytime the rink is open.  

The Niles High School Key Club operates Open Skate hours for use of FREE skates on the weekends from 9 am to 5 pm on Saturdays and 10 am to 6 pm on Sundays and at other times when available.  Community groups are encouraged to schedule skating parties during the week.  You must be a Niles City resident to sign out a key to use the Warming Shed, which contains the FREE use skates.  Those wishing to volunteer to assist with the operation of the rink are encouraged to contact Tim Skalla at 269-362-3142 after 3pm.

Winter Ice Skating in the City of Niles has been around since the turn of the century.  For many older residents, the thought of skating in Eastside Park brings back magical memories of a time many believed was long gone.  Today there are a group of volunteers in our community who, for the past four years, are committed to bringing back this FREE fun family tradition. These volunteers work tirelessly for weeks to prepare the ice.  Volunteers sent out a community call for ice skates and received an outpouring of support from their neighbors. The donated ice skates make it possible for any child who wants to ice skate to do so. . . completely free of charge and without mom and dad having to buy new ice skates.

This year the Niles Ice Skating Rink has been relocated to Riverfront Park in downtown Niles.  The rink sits on the corner of Ferry and Front Streets.  Each year, signs are posted to tell the community when the ice is ready, although sometimes it is the ice skaters themselves who make the announcement.

A warming shed has been added and more people skate now than ever before.    Community support for the project is flourishing with whole families like the Easton family and others who donate what they can to a fund that helps purchase ice liners, supplies and other equipment needed to maintain the ice during the winter season.  We invite you to bring the kids to downtown Niles and enjoy ice skating in Riverfront Park.

Almost Ready. . . two days later skaters came to test the ice.  "Oh, yeah! It's Ready"  Time to Skate!

It's ok to bring your own, but numerous pairs of skates for boys and girls have been donated.  Every child can now have fun on the ice for free.

New Ice Rink Photos by Stephanie Skalla

Top Right Photo:  
Little Catherine Easton (Marsh) with her dad, Elmer Easton skating at Eastside Park circa 1962