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Louisville arena open for open skating & pickup hockey

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LOUISVILLE - The Louisville Arena is open for open skating as well as pickup hockey for several hours each week.

Arena Supervisor Dewey LaValley said that while open skating is hit or miss on the weekends, there are several opportunities available during the week.

“We’ll rent the arena as we can,” he said, adding that open skating is free and doesn’t generate revenue for the town.

Open skating is available from 7 to 8:50 p.m. on Monday, 9 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday and 8 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday. Other available times potentially include 5 to 6:30 p.m. and 9 to 10 p.m. on Friday, 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.

In order to see if the ice is available, Mr. LaValley suggested calling 769-8206 or 250-6551.

“This is a community center, so we offer skating free of charge as a community service,” Mr. LaValley said, noting that even ice time for pickup hockey is available for $2 per person.

Mr. LaValley said hockey players are required to wear helmets, and children 18 and under are also required to have a full face mask. Pucks and nets are available, as is a selection of skates that have been donated to the arena over the years, but he said people should bring their own sticks.

Pickup hockey is offered from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday, 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and 9 to 10:20 a.m. on Sunday.

The arena is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Mr. LaValley also said the arena is usually open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day for open skating for adults or younger children.

However on snow days or school vacations, he said the days are split with pickup hockey from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m., with each two-hour shift costing $2 per person.

“If they would like, parents could drop their kids off over Christmas vacation and for just $4 per day, their kids can skate all day,” Mr. LaValley said.

Open skating is also offered during those days from noon to 2 p.m.

Mr. LaValley said that in addition to being able to skate for free, there is also something else nice about the Louisville Arena, which is also affectionately known as the Swamper Dome.

“There aren’t 200 kids on the ice,” he said.

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