Ice, Ice, Baby!
Meet Lauren Hunt, the founding skating director at the World Ice Arena in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Ms. Hunt has dedicated her career to helping children discover the fun, friendship and discipline of the sport of ice skating; attributes she herself learned beginning with group lessons on public rinks as an eight year old youngster in the Bronx.
“For me, skating gave me a direction in my own life,” Hunt said. “I know that being a kid and teenager can be kind of hard, and in New York you can get pulled in a lot of directions. Skating gave me this thing that I always had to go to, and something I was good at, a new skill — it changed my life.”
In 2014, Ms. Hunt’s mission to bring the love of skating to others earned her the title of “ISI Woman of The Year” from the nonprofit international skating group that supports owners, operators and developers of ice skating facilities focused on recreational and fitness skating. Today, Ms. Hunt is responsible for building the largest Ice Skating Institute (ISI) program in the United States, with more than 2,000 skaters of all ages and skill levels participating.
“It’s so rewarding,” said Hunt. “You see these little kids come in who are not even people yet, and suddenly, after a few months or a year, they’re figure skaters. They’ve learned discipline. They’ve made friends. They’ve been mentored through the sport and it really moves me to see that.”
Aware of the expense attached to taking lessons, Ms. Hunt plans to grow the program by offering affordable options for skaters of all ages. This would include group lessons, private instruction, clinics and camps for beginners and an annual Theater on Ice production. As of now, seven-week Learn-to-Skate sessions start at $164.50; clinics start at $150.00 for six sessions or $30.00 per session; and private lessons start at $40.00 for one skater or $55.00 for two.
If you prefer, the rink at World Ice Arena is available for public skating. Per session admission fee is $6.00 on weekdays and $9.00 on weekends and holidays; skate rental is $5.00.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m.-4:45 p.m.
Monday: 9:00 a.m.-5:15 p.m.
Tuesday: 9:00 a.m.-5:15 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m.-5:15 p.m.
Thursday: 9:00 a.m.-5:15 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m.-5:15 p.m – 7:00 p.m.- 9:50 p.m.
Saturday: 12:00 p.m.-4:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.- 9:50 p.m.
Parents, you might be interested to know the rink will be open every day during the upcoming February break from school. Flushing Meadow Park is only a twelve-minute ride from The Alexander at Rego Center – how convenient is that? See you on the rink!
World Ice Arena
Flushing Meadow Park
125-40 Roosevelt Ave (at 126th Street)
Corona, New York 11368
Lauren Hunt – Skating Director