skaters have fun at Brenton Skating Plaza,
520 Robert D. Ray Drive. Hours are 11 a.m.
to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m.
to 11 p.m. on Friday; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
on Saturday; and noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday.
Monday through Friday admission is $3.50
for adults and $2.50 for kids 6-12 (5 and
under are free) and seniors (62 and older).
Friday (after 5 p.m.) through Sunday and
holiday admission is $5 for adults, $4 for
kids and seniors. Skates are available to
rent for $3. For more information, visit
Outside fun for all ages
When the temperatures drop, area ponds and
lakes ice over. People used to flock to these
frozen ponds to enjoy some ice-skating, but
thanks to the Brenton Skating Plaza, there’s
no need to venture out to the country when you
can ice skate under the stars in downtown Des
“We are currently celebrating our sixth skating
season,” said Robbin McClelland, general manager.
“We’re the only permanent ice skating structure
in the state, and we had more than 33,000 people
skate here last year, our biggest total since
The skating plaza was created thanks to the
“Mr. Brenton’s fondest memories as a child were
ice skating and socializing at the rink,” McClelland
said. “And he wanted to provide the opportunity
for children and families to have those memories
The plaza is open on all major holidays including
Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day from
4 to 9 p.m.
“Those are really nice family days,” McClelland
said. “We open in the afternoon so families
can enjoy their day and then come skate together.”
Skaters of all skill levels are welcome, and
if you’re not sure about stepping out on the
ice, the facility offers lessons.
“We have a skate clinic coming up on Monday,
Nov. 28, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. All of our coaches
are on the ice answering questions. It’s a good
time to find out more, and if you decide to
register for the lessons, it’s $5 off the fee,”
McClelland said. “Then we offer lessons that
follow, and they become more in depth. Each
year, more people show up and are interested
Along with skating, the rising sport of Broomball
also takes place at the plaza. The league starts
Dec. 4, so sign your team up today.
“The broomball leagues really enjoy playing
here because it’s outside,” McClelland said.
“The popularity is building, and we have more
teams signing up each year.”
Cheap Skate Night takes place Monday, and attendees
can enjoy two-for-one admission from 2 to 6
p.m. and 7:30 to 9 p.m. On Tuesday, celebrate
Student Night by showing your I.D. and receive
admission and skates for $5. Thursday is KJJY
92.5 Family Night, and from 5 to 9 p.m., a family
of four or more can get admission and skates
for $18.95. Get ready to boogie on Friday with
Rock the River, sponsored by KISS 1075, which
has live music from DJ Cuz from 8 to 11 p.m.
“People love Rock the River because the DJ is
right on the ice, so you can skate right up
and request a song,” McClelland said.
Although some people might think of ice-skating
as something only a child can have fun with,
“Skating offers fun for all ages and is a great
cardiovascular exercise,” she said. “Sure, we
have a lot of kids here, but also plenty of
adults who enjoy themselves here. We do it all
from marriage proposals to family outings, so
come out and skate while you enjoy the sites
of downtown in a unique setting.” CV