The Universal Access Program offers adaptive skating programs each winter. You can lace up a pair of conventional skates or glide around the ice in your manual or power wheelchair. Ice sleds are also available to use. In a sled, you can push yourself with small hockey sticks or be pushed around the rink by a friend. Spin, slide, race, slalom, and play gently competitive games. Activities on the ice include obstacle courses, a tower of blocks for building up and crashing down, races, colorful balls and pucks to shoot around, power chair games, and gently competitive hockey matches.
Ice sleds, skate walkers, helmets, ice grippers, and ice skates are available at our programs. Admission and equipment are provided free of cost, but you have to pre-register with the providing organization. Skaters must fill out a release form and meet our essential eligibility criteria for ice skating programs.
Adaptive skating programs
Below, you'll find our upcoming adaptive skating programs from November 2019 through March 2020 listed by location.
Porrazzo Memorial Rink, Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m.–1:20 p.m.
November 19, December 17, January 14, February 11, and March 3
Arthur R. Driscoll Memorial Rink, Wednesdays, 11 a.m.–12:50 p.m.
January 29 and February 26
Henry J. Fitzpatrick Rink, Sundays, 1 p.m.–2:50 p.m.
November 17, December 8, January 12, February 9, and March 8
Charles J. Buffone Rink, Thursdays, 10 a.m.–11:50 a.m.
January 23 and March 12
Seasonal assisted public skating
This adaptive skating program takes place during public skating on a separate section of the rink. Ice sleds, skate walkers, and ice skates are available. There is no cost to attend the program, but pre-registration is required.
John G. Asiaf Memorial Rink, Sundays, 1:20 p.m.–3:10 p.m.
January 5 & 19 and February 2 & 16
Additional Resources for
Skating in summer social in East Boston
We host an annual summer skating cookout at Porrazzo Rink in East Boston. This is a day to enjoy adaptive ice skating inside while we also grill burgers and hot dogs outside. This beautiful skating rink is located on Constitution Beach, which has beach wheelchairs and beach mat for you to use. You can enjoy the beach and warm up after skating.
Out of an abundance of caution due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency, the 2020 summer skating cookout has been canceled. For more information, call the Universal Access Program at (857) 260-1519 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seasonal sled hockey
Play sled hockey September through March with Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers (SASC) at DCR's Allied Veterans Memorial Rink in Everett and DCR's Emmons Horrigan O'Neill Memorial Rink in Charlestown. Practices include skills training and games while ensuring age appropriate instruction and play.