Synthetic ice rink opens at Charlotte’s Ontario Beach Park

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Monroe County Executive Adam Bello announced the opening of a new synthetic ice rink at Ontario Beach Park in Rochester on Friday. Synthetic ice looks and feels like real ice, is not dependent on weather, and is portable.

The 4,440-square-foot synthetic ice rink is made of of 1/8-inch thick interlocking panels made of a high-density polymer specifically engineered for ice-skating. The rink will be removed next April to make room for summer rentals.

“The synthetic ice rink is family-friendly and designed for all ages and abilities,” said Monroe County Parks Department Director Patrick Meredith. “With multiple benches and side boards, it provides new skaters the ability to learn in a safe environment and returning skaters the ability to recreate no matter the weather or ice conditions.”

Several professional hockey players endorse synthetic ice. Don Luce, a former Buffalo Sabre, was at the ribbon cutting and is a partner in the company that produces synthetic ice.

The enhancements at Ontario Beach Park are part of a $16.6 million investment in the Monroe County Parks System in 2021 and 2022.

The rink is free to everyone and open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day. Bring your own skates.