The Pasadena Ice Skating Center at the Pasadena Convention Center suddenly finds itself breaking all of its previous records for its skate lesson program and open public sessions. Christine Susa, director of marketing and communications for the Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau, said this week that the popular center closed from March 2020 to April 2021, but has seen its numbers rise steadily since then.
“The return of skating has been tremendous,” acknowledged Michael Ross, CEO of the Pasadena Convention Center, Civic Auditorium and Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Obviously people feel comfortable participating in this wonderful recreational activity. All participants, young and old, are required to follow all protocols established by the Pasadena Health Department. »
More than 1,050 attendees have signed up for group skate lessons starting next week, which is the center’s highest ever enrollment rate, Susa said. And since December 1, more than 35,000 people have attended the public skating sessions.
After its initial opening in a showroom in 1976, the center has hosted many skaters who have continued their professional careers on the ice.
Pasadena’s famous skaters have included Olympic skater and Hollywood star Sonja Henie; 1968 Olympic champion and three-time world champion Peggy Fleming; Sasha Cohen, 2006 Olympic silver medalist and 2006 US national champion; and Mirai Nagasu, 2007 National Junior Champion and 2008 U.S. First Place Winner, as well as NHL Atlanta Thrasher’s Brett Sterling; Angela Ruggiero, captain of the American team and gold medalist at the Nagano Olympics in 1998, as well as Shane Warshaw, professional referee in the United States and Europe.
“I think the appeal is that it’s a good time for families,” Susa said, “and it’s a good time for a date or alone, but we find that a lot of people are also inspired by the Winter Olympics.”
The Pasadena Ice Skating Center is one of more than 25 rinks scattered throughout Southern California, but the only one in the San Gabriel Valley, with the nearest other rink in Burbank.
Whether it’s the Olympics or on its own, the Pasadena Ice Skating Center continues to attract and inspire skaters, from toddlers to seniors, to lace up the blades and cut their own tricks on ice.
The Pasadena Ice Skating Center is open seven days a week and offers public skating, figure skating, hockey and group lessons. More information is available at skatepasadena.com or call (626) 578-0800.