If you like to ice skate or maybe you have never skated at Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids before, good news, the ice skating has been extended.

One of the things I love about downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, is the ice skating at Rosa Parks Circle. At night when all the lights are on, when I am heading back to my car after a long day of work, it's a great site but not only that, the sounds of people enjoying themselves is great too.

Heck, every now and then I will catch a pickup hockey game going on at the park.

According to WOOD, the city of Grand Rapids has announced that ice skating for 2021 will now extend until Sunday, February 28.

Because of COVID-19 you can't just show up and rent a pair of skates and hop out onto the ice. For safety reasons you have to reserve your one hour block of skating time. You can call to make a reservation at 616-456-3696 but the easiest way to reserve your spot is to go online.

A lot of people like to wait to skate during the last week of the season since it is usually a little warmer then. If you are one of those people the reservations for the final week of the season are available beginning Thursday at Noon.

If you are looking to do something with the kids that is outside and very affordable, you just can't beat the ice skating at Rosa Parks Circle. Skating only costs $2 per person and that includes skate rental. The rink is open for skating 7 days a week and you can click here for the hours.

There are some rules in place that you should be aware of before heading downtown to ice skate. The pandemic is still thriving so it is important for you and the skaters with you where a face covering and practice social distancing while skating, especially when it comes to skating near people who are not in your group. The rink only allows a maximum of 25 skaters at any one time on the ice. Instead of going inside to get your skates, tents have been put up so you will be outside under a tent when getting your skates and putting them on. The rink does have a staff that sanitizes the equipment after each use plus there is hand sanitizer available for guests.

Here is some information on Rosa Parks Circle from Grand Rapids and if you want to get social with the rink here is the rink Facebook page.

If you are a first time skater, it may not hurt to wear a protective helmet, knee and elbow pads.

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