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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 'Learn to Skate' 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 US 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           Monday and Tuesday at Tenney Park                                                                                    

                                        Wednesday and Thursday at Elver Park.                                                                                                  

Class Duration                  30 minute class session

Fee                                   $55.00 per class

Min  5    Max  8                Per class, unless otherwise stated

Registration Deadline         December 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

Min  5/parent & child     Max  9 /parent & child

Class Registration

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. 

Class Registration

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. 

Class Registration

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.

Class Registration

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.

Class Registration

Tenney                      Tuesday                  700040-T6

Elver                         Wednesday             700040-E2

Adult  (18+)


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. 

Class Registration

Tenney                      Monday                  700020-T3

Elver                         Thursday                 700020-E5

Adult (18+)


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.

Class Registration

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.
  • All classes are 7 weeks long.
  • 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.

tenney park, 402 n. thornton ave
elver park, 1250 mckenna blvd
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 608-267-4711 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, PO Box 2987, Madison, WI  53701
  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 view our website page for updates on cancellations as well.