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Madison Parks offers group ice skating lessons for beginners of all ages at our premier outdoor skating rinks, Elver Park and Tenney Park. These classes offer a fun way to stay active in the winter months as you improve your confidence and ability on the ice and learn basic skater safety. Our coordinator is an experienced instructor and has completed basic skills training through the U.S. Figure Skating Association and the International Skating Institute of America. The natural beauty of our outdoor ice rinks make them unique in a beautiful setting to learn how to skate.  All lessons will be held outdoors.  Dress appropriately for the weather and a helmet is recommended.

Dates: January 5 – February 12, 2015 (6 week session)
Classes will be held: Tenney Park and Elver Park
Class Duration: 30 minute class session
Class Size: Min:  5 / Max:  8 - per class, unless otherwise stated
Fee: $55.00 per class
Registration: DECEMBER 1 - 16, 2014

Class Descriptions


This class is for an adult and child age 4 and up. The adult will be expected to participate on the ice with their child attending. Adults may wear their own skates if you can skate yourself or you many wear your boots to help in the assistance with your child at the class on the ice.  The class is designed to help the young skater as a beginner to learn the basics about ice skating.  This is a class for skaters with no previous instruction.  NO cell phone use on the ice during class instruction. Class size: Min: 5/parent & child; Max: 9 /parent & child

Park Day Registration Number
Tenney Tuesday 700030-T1
Elver Wednesday 700030-E1


New and Continuing Skaters 

The ages listed are a guideline with the exception of the Teen and Adult Classes as designed for their group of individuals.  Please read the following descriptions below to place your child in their respective class.

Snow Plow Sam (ages 5-8)

This is a beginner class to develop preliminary coordination and strength to maneuver on the ice.  Skaters will learn falling, getting up properly, standing, marching, and work toward gliding on the ice. 

Park Day Registration Number
Tenney Tuesday 700001-T2
Elver Wednesday 700001-E3


Basic 1 (ages 6-12)

The basic skills in level 1 will teach the proper way to fall, how to get up from a kneeling position, sit on ice and stand up, march forward across the ice, forward two foot glide, dip, forward swizzles, backward wiggles, and snowplow stop. 

Park Day Registration Number
Tenney Monday 700010-T1
Elver Thursday 700010-E4


Basic 2 (ages 6-12)

Those entering into this class need to have a good handle on skills learned in Basic 1.  This class will build from the fundamentals of the sport.  This level will expect each child to be able to balance on their skates.  The learning involved will include; forward one-foot glides on both sides, backward two-foot glide, backward swizzles, two-foot turn from forward to backward in place, and a moving snowplow stop.

Park Day Registration Number
Tenney Monday 700011-T6
Elver Thursday 700011-E2


Teens (ages 13-17)

Open to Teens interested in ice skating and to promote physical fitness.  Skaters should be able to stand and have some basic skating skill.   Class will teach proper ice skating techniques.  Students will progress at their own individual rate.

Park Day Registration Number
Tenney Tuesday 700040-T6
Elver Wednesday 700040-E2


Adult (18+) - Beginner

Open to adults interested in learning how to skate with little or no experience.  Adult skaters will progress at their own rate while being both challenged and motivated.  Learn to improve balance, coordination, falling, recovery, forward strides, gliding, forward swizzles, and introduce backward skating, and backward swizzles. 

Park Day Registration Number
Tenney Monday 700020-T3
Elver Thursday 700020-E5

Adult (18+) - Intermediate

Open to adults interested in learning more on ice skates.  To develop current skills and move toward developing forward stroking, backward half swizzle, moving two-foot turn on curve in both directions, forward crossovers in both directions, backward one-foot glide, and forward pivot.

Park Day Registration Number
Tenney Monday 700021-T4
Elver Thursday 700021-E4

  • All classes will be held outdoors at Tenney Park and Elver Park ice rinks.
  • Free Skate rental during lessons from Madison Parks.
  • Classes at Elver and Tenney Parks start the week of January 5, 2015 (weather permitting).


All classes are 30 minutes long and held once a week.

Class Title
5:30 PM
5:30 PM
Snowplow Sam
6:05 PM 6:05 PM
Basic 1
5:30 PM
5:30 PM
Basic 2 6:05 PM
6:05 PM
6:45 PM
6:45 PM
Adult Beginner
6:45 PM
6:45 PM
Adult Intermediate 7:15 PM
7:15 PM

how to Register
  1. Contact the Parks Division office at 608-266-4711 to find out if a class spot is open.  Phone reservations are accepted with a credit card payment.
  2. Mail in your registration form. Make check payable to City Treasurer, and mail to City of Madison Parks Division, P.O. Box 2987, Madison, WI  53701-2987.
  3. Stop in at our office and fill out a registration form and make payment.    
What to Wear

Please note that these classes take place outside and winter weather can be unpredictable. All students should wear gloves or mittens and wear appropriate and warm flexible clothing that allows for movement. Warming shelters are available at each of the rinks for use before and afterwards, but the actual skating class will take place outside on the ice. We also strongly recommend that all beginning skaters wear a helmet and snow pants.


Weather/cancellation Notice & make up classes

Please be aware that winter weather is unpredictable and out of our control. Weather conditions may prevent us from having lessons. If more than two classes are cancelled due to weather, you will receive a pro-rated refund.

Madison Parks ice skating lessons will be cancelled when the wind chill forecast or actual air temperature at 5 p.m. is -15 degrees below or lower.  A decision to cancel the lessons will be determined at 12 p.m. on the day of the lessons.  Please check back for updates.