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Madison Parks offers group ice skating lessons for beginners at two outdoor skating rinks: Elver and Tenney parks. 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 4 - February 10, 2016 (6 week series)
Classes Held:

Mondays at Elver Park
Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Tenney Park

Class Duration: 30-minute class session
Fee: $55.00 per class
Class Size: Min:  5 / Max:  8 / per class, unless otherwise stated
Registration Deadline: December 18, 2015
(Note: A $5 late fee will be added for registrations received after the deadline.)

class Schedule

Class Title
5:30 PM
5:30 PM
Snowplow Sam
6:05 PM
5:30 PM
Basic 1
6:45 PM
6:05 PM
6:05 PM
Basic 2 7:15 PM
6:45 PM
6:45 PM
Adult Beginner/Intermediate
8:00 PM
7:15 PM
(Beginner only)
7:15 PM
(Intermediate only)

to Register

Submit completed registration form and payment to the City of Madison Parks Division. Registration options include:

  • CREDIT CARD: Phone registrations are accepted with a VISA or Master Card payment.
  • CASH: Stop in at the office and fill out a registration form and make payment.
  • CHECK: Make check payable to “City of Madison Treasurer” and mail in your registration form with payment to:

City of Madison Parks Division
210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Rm 104
Madison, WI 53703

To check availability, contact the Parks Division office at (608) 266-4711.

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 conditions may prevent us from having lessons. If more than two classes are cancelled due to weather, you will receive a pro-rated refund. The ice skating lessons will be cancelled when the wind chill forecast or actual air temperature at 5:00 pm is -15° F or lower. A decision to cancel the lessons will be determined at 12:00 pm on the day of the lessons.

Class Descriptions

The ages listed are a basic guideline. Please read the following descriptions below to place yourself or your child in the appropriate class.

Parent/Child (ages 4+)  
This class is for an adult and child aged 4 and up. Adults may wear their own skates or many wear boots to help in the assistance of the child while on the ice. The adult is expected to participate on the ice with their attending child. The class is designed to help the young skater learn the basics of ice skating and is designed 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 Reg. No.
Elver Monday 700030-E1
Tenney Wednesday 700030-T2
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 Reg. No.
Elver Monday 700001-E5
Tenney Tuesday 700001-T3
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 Reg. No.
Elver Monday 700010-E5
Tenney Tuesday 700010-T3
Tenney Wednesday 700010-T4
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 Reg. No.
Elver Monday 700011-E4
Tenney Tuesday 700011-T4
Tenney Wednesday 700011-T3
Adult 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 Reg. No.
Tenney Tuesday 700020-T7
Adult 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 Reg. No.
Tenney Wednesday 700021-T9
Adult Beginner/Intermediate  
A combination of Adult Beginner and Adult Intermediate classes. Open to adults with little or no experience and adults interested in learning more ice skating techniques.
Park Day Reg. No.
Elver Monday 700020-T6