* Our rink is seasonal and open from the first week of October through the first week of March annually *
Learn to Skate Lessons return in October 2015!
Ice skating is an exciting and fun life-long activity! Pekin Park's Skating program is committed to providing quality instruction for three-year-olds and up and at all skill levels that are exciting, challenging and fun. With an excellent, professional staff and fun, interactive lesson plans, we pride ourselves on helping skaters to reach their goals. If there is anything you need to make your experience more enjoyable, please let us know.
SKATE LEVELS & DESCRIPTIONS
Based on the guidelines of the Ice Skating Institute (ISI), the Rink offers beginning through advanced figure skating classes. Whether you are an experienced skater or have never stepped foot on the ice, we have classes tailored to fit your needs.
Tots (3 - 5 yrs.)
Preschool-aged skaters will learn the "fun"damentals of skating to develop coordination and strength to maneuver on the ice. Curriculum includes the correct way to fall, how to get up properly and how to start moving on the ice, followed by new skills such as two-foot glides, dips and marching steps.
Pre-Alpha (6 yrs. – Adult)
Pre-Alpha skaters are introduced to basic moves such as one- and two-foot glides, dips and swizzles.
Alpha (6 yrs. – Adult)
Alpha progressively builds on the beginning basics. Skills include forward stroking, snowplow stops, forward crossovers and backward swizzles.
Beta (6 yrs. – Adult)
Beta skaters learn backward stroking, backward crossovers and T-stops.
Gamma (6 yrs. – Adult)
Gamma moves at a faster pace and includes combinations of skills learned in Beta.
Skaters work on the positioning, technique, and speed that form the foundation for jumps and spins. Delta skaters also learn inside three-turns, edges, shoot-the-duck, lunges and bunny hops.
Jump and Spin
Skaters learn a progression of jumps, spins and advanced combinations.
All private lessons are scheduled directly through the instructor of your choice.
PPD Learn to Skate participants can skate during Freestyle ice times. Freestyle ice is subject to cancellation per the Arena Manager.
All students enrolled in Session 2 of Learn to Skate classes are invited to perform in the Winter Wonderland Skate Expo to be held on Saturday, December 12, 2015, and Session 3 skaters can participate in the annual ice show to be held on Saturday, March 5, 2016.
Precise Ice Skating Team
Precise Ice allows skaters to enjoy skating as part of a team! As members of Precise Ice, skaters build strength, develop artistry on the ice, and learn choreography for performance and competition. Membership in Precise Ice is at the Head Coach's discretion, and skaters must also register for at least one Learn to Skate class.
Coffee Club Ice Skating
Join other active adults at the Arena for a morning of open skating. Skating is a great way to build muscular and cardiovascular strength during the winter, when opportunities for outdoor exercise can be difficult.
For further or more specific information related to skating programs, please contact the Recreation Department at (309) 347-PARK (7275).
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