Adaptive ice skating programs

Learn about adaptive ice skating programs offered November through March.

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 organization listed below. Skaters must fill out a release form and meet our essential eligibility criteria for ice skating programs.

 

Winter 2018/2019 adaptive skating schedule

East Boston

Porrazzo Memorial Rink 

Tuesdays, 11:30am–1:20pm

November 27, December 18, Janiary 15, February 12, March 5

Pre-register by calling Marcy at (413) 545-5758 or emailing marcy.marchello@mass.gov.

Fall River

Arthur R. Driscoll Memorial Rink

Wednesdays, 11am–12:50pm

January 30 & February 27

Pre-register by by calling Laila at (857) 260-1519 or emailing laila.soleimani@mass.gov.

Holyoke

Henry J. Fitzpatrick Rink

Sundays, 1pm–2:50pm

November 18, December 9, January 13, February 10, March 10

Pre-register by calling Marcy at (413) 545-5758 or emailing marcy.marchello@mass.gov.

Worcester

Charles J. Buffone Rink

Thursdays, 10am–11:50am

January 24 & March 14

Pre-register by by calling Laila at (857) 260-1519 or emailing laila.soleimani@mass.gov.

Winter 2018/2019 assisted public skating schedule

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. 

Brockton

John G. Asiaf Memorial Rink

Sundays, 1pm–2:50pm

January 20, February 3, February 17, March 3

Pre-register by calling All Out Adventures at (413) 584-2052 or emailing info@alloutadventures.org.

 

Sled hockey

Play sled hockey 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.

Cost: $5 per session or $100 for a season pass. Free for veterans.

To register, visit the SASC online calendar, call (877) 976-7272, or email spauldingadaptivesports@partners.org.

Emmons Horrigan O'Neill Memorial Rink in Charlestown

Sundays, 12pm–1:50pm

September 16, 23, 30

October 7, 21, 28

November 4, 11, 18, 25

December 2, 9, 16, 30

January 6

February 3, 10, 24

March 3, 17, 24, 31

Allied Veterans Memorial Rink in Everett

2pm–4pm

November 14, 28

December 5, 19

January 9, 23

February 6, 20

March 6, 13

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