Harbor Point is the region's newest ice skating hot spot

State-of-the-art rink opens tomorrow in Fells Point

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December 18, 2003|By Julia Furlong and Meredith James | Julia Furlong and Meredith James,SUN STAFF

The temperature is dropping, and comfort eating is definitely on the upswing. Cooler weather leaves few options for exercise, but the ice-skating season is just getting started.

Though some feared city skating would be hindered when the 10-year-old Inner Harbor Ice Rink at Rash Field did not open this season, the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts partnered with Struever Bros. Eccles & Rouse and Harbor Point LLC to open the new Baltimore Ice Rink at Harbor Point tomorrow. The state-of-the-art rink, at South Caroline, Thames and Block streets in Fells Point, has a warming tent and on-site parking, not to mention a view of the Baltimore skyline.

Saturday, the new venue will welcome the holiday season at "Cocoa with Santa" from 10 a.m. to noon. Kids can skate with Santa, share their wishes with him and, of course, enjoy hot chocolate.

FOR THE RECORD - In the Dec. 18 Live section, a telephone number for the ice skating rink at The Mall in Columbia should have been listed as 410-992-5500.
The Sun regrets the error.

The Baltimore Ice Rink at Harbor Point, however, is hardly the only venue for skating enthusiasts. Check out our county-by-county list of indoor and outdoor rinks:

Baltimore City

Mount Pleasant (6101 Hillen Road, 410-444-1888): This indoor rink offers programs and events for everyone from the recreational skater to Olympic hopefuls, including women's, pick-up and high school hockey leagues, lessons ranging from "Learn to Skate" to "Figure Edge Class" and Teen Night every Friday from 8 to 11, with a DJ or live band. The rink is open to the public every day. Admission is $6 and skate rentals are $2. Call or visit www.nvo.com/niceice for a full schedule.

Northwest Family Sports Center (5731 Cottonworth Ave., 410-433-4970): Friday and Saturday nights include a live DJ, and Tuesday nights are college nights. There are also speed-skating sessions, hockey and ice-dancing lessons. The rink shop offers skate sharpening, and there are summer camps for kids. Call for more information.

Baltimore Mimi DiPietro Family Skating Center (200 S. Linwood Ave., Patterson Park, 410-396-9392): This indoor rink boasts its own hockey team, the Paterson Park Stars. If watching a hockey game doesn't interest you, you can take hockey or figure-skating lessons, and the rink is available for private party rentals. The rink is open to the public on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $4, and skate rentals are $2.

Baltimore Ice Rink at Harbor Point (South Caroline, Thames and Block streets, 877-BALTIMO): Rink open tomorrow until Feb. 29. Open to the public 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday (admission is $4), 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday (admission is $5), 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday (admission is $5) and noon-7 p.m. Sunday (admission is $5). Skate rentals are $3. Special events this season include New Year's Eve on Ice, New Year's Day, Wedding on Ice, Valentine's Sweetheart Skate and Presidents on Ice. For more information, visit www.promotionandarts.com.

Anne Arundel

Benfield Pines (1031 Benfield Blvd., Millersville, 410-987-5100): Skaters here enjoy the several hockey leagues and lessons this indoor rink offers. Benfield Pines also welcomes class field trips. The rink plays host to a holiday party from noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 24. The rink is open to the public on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $6 and skate rentals are $2. For more information or a complete schedule, call or visit www.benfieldpinesicerink.com.

U.S. Naval Academy, Dahlgren Hall (103 Fullham Court, Annapolis, 410-293-2350): This indoor rink is available for skating, hockey and lessons. It is also the home of the academy's hockey team, and visitors are welcome to their games. Groups are welcome, and people on active duty get a $10 discount on season passes. Open to the public on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. For a full schedule and more information, call or visit www.usna.edu/NAFPRODV/Icerink/.

Glen Burnie Center (North Arundel Center, 103 Crain Highway, Glen Burnie, 410-768-7700): This outdoor rink is open to the public every day. It is also available for private rentals. Friday and Saturday nights feature a DJ. Admission is $6 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Skate rentals are $2.50. For more information, call or visit www.outdooriceskating.com/location.php?RinkID=3.

Piney Orchard Ice Arena (8781 Piney Orchard Parkway, Odenton, 410-672-7013): Practice site for the Washington Capitals, this indoor rink has figure skating, hockey and other programs for skaters of all levels. A party room is also available. Public sessions are on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, call or visit www.usarinks.com/piney.

Howard County

Columbia Ice Rink (5876 Thunder Hill Road, Columbia, 410-730-0322): Adjacent to the Oakland Mills Village Center, this indoor rink has an active figure skating club and performances by the Chesapeake Figure Skating School. It also offers daily public sessions, a pro shop, snack bar and parties. Admission is $6, and skate rentals are $2.50. For more information, call or visit www.columbiaassocia tion.com.

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