Accessible ice skating

See which state-owned rinks have adaptive ice skating equipment and learn about adaptive skating programs.

Many rinks offer ice sleds for use during un-crowded public skating times. Ice sleds offer a seated option for skaters who cannot use their legs or who have balance issues. There is no fee to use an ice sled. Entrance is free at DCR-operated rinks, but privately-operated rinks may charge a fee, so be sure to check with the rink.
If you'd like more assistance with skating or want the chance to play games while out on the ice, you can attend seasonal skating programs offered by the Universal Access Program. These programs run from November through March every year.

What you need to know

Locations for Accessible ice skating

Upcoming Events

  • Outdoor adaptive winter fun at Dunn State Park 

    289 Pearl St., Gardner, MA 01440
    Friday, January 31, 2020
    10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    Enjoy adaptive skating outdoors under the pavilion at Dunn State Park or hit the trails on snowshoes or a kicksled!
  • Adaptive skating at Asiaf Memorial Rink in Brockton 

    702 Belmont St, Brockton, MA 02301
    Sunday, February 2, 2020
    1:20 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.
    Skate, play, and socialize on the ice at Asiaf Memorial Rink! Come in your chair, take a spin in an ice sled, use a skate walker, or lace up some conventional skates during our adaptive skating program.

More Information

Additional Resources for Accessible ice skating

Image credits:  A sled skater at Fitzpatrick Memorial Rink (Marcy Marchello)
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