The Town of Hamburg Ice Arena will open its fall-winter ice programs with an Open House

on Sunday, Sept. 17 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. with free skating from 10 to 10:50 a.m. The Recreation Office is accepting registration for its popular Skate Great Learn-to-Skate and Beginner Hockey programs held in four sessions on Wednesdays at 5 to 5:45 and 6 to 6:45 p.m. Sessions for ages 3 through adult will begin Sept. 20 (Session 1); Nov. 8 (Session 2); Jan. 3 (Session 3) and Feb. 21 (Session 4). Anyone donating gently used ice skates sizes 7 to 12 during the Learn to Skate Open House will receive a $5 voucher to use to reduce the cost of any skating program or ice time.

Sessions consist of 45-minute periods that include a 30-minute lesson and 15 minutes of practice time. Fees are $75 for residents and $88 for non-residents. The fee includes badges, loaner skates, instruction and practice time. All skaters must wear a helmet – bike helmets are OK. Free skates and helmets are available for use, although skate sizes are limited. Beginner hockey teaches the basics of the game without the use of sticks and pucks.

Register by mail, online or at the Town of Hamburg Recreation Office, 4540 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, NY 14075.

Ice time is also available at the Town Arena through the town’s Skate & Shoot program at 1 p.m. Monday-Friday for adults 18 and older and for youth 6-9 years from 3-4:40 p.m., on Fridays; for youth 10-13, Mondays from 3-4:50 pm.; and for youth 14-17 on Tuesdays, from 3-4:50 p.m. (helmet with full face mask, gloves and skates are required). To learn more about Skate Great Inc. programs, visit

Public Skate is scheduled Tuesdays through Fridays at 11 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.; Friday from 8-9:50 p.m. and Sunday from 2-3:50 p.m. in mid-October for youth and adults. Rental of skates and helmets is available. Ice time is available to rent at various times. Call the Recreation Office at 646-5145 for more information.