’Tis the season for skating at Newbridge


Although temperatures are beginning to dip below the freezing point outside, some Bellmore-Merrick residents are looking for ice indoors.

At the Newbridge Ice Arena, at Newbridge Road Park in Bellmore, a new semester of ice-skating lessons and hockey clinics recently began, along with the start of winter seasons for organized teams. The arena also offers seasonal activities for recreational skaters during public sessions.

The third semester of the arena’s adult ice hockey clinic began on Jan. 6, with lessons starting at 7:15 p.m. on Sundays. Arena officials said on their website that the clinic is offered five times a year.

January also marked the start of a new round of in-house skating lessons. Although the semester began on Jan. 2, it is still not too late to register for lessons.

While figure skaters and hockey players continue to take advantage of the arena’s offerings, anyone can skate freely during public sessions.

Public sessions are held Wednesdays through Sundays. They are offered as follows: Wednesdays from 4 to 6 p.m.; Thursdays from 8 to 10 a.m.; Fridays from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m, 1:45 to 3:45 p.m., 4 to 6 p.m. and 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays from 12:45 to 2:30 p.m. and 2:45 to 4:45 p.m. The arena also offers an “after-school special” discount during the 4-to-6 p.m. session on Fridays, with $2 skate rentals and $1 off admission.

More information about hockey leagues, lessons offered at the arena and pricing for all activities can be found at