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Free Ice Skating Marks Opening of Hudson Valley Community College’s Conway Ice Arena
Ice Arena will open earlier so alumni and the community can enjoy over Homecoming Weekend

Contact: Jessica Shahda, (518) 629-7180,
For Release: Immediate, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008

The Conway Ice Arena at Hudson Valley Community College will be opening its doors two weeks earlier this year, on Oct. 4, 2008.

The weekend of Oct. 4 is also Hudson Valley’s Homecoming Weekend. To celebrate the opening of the arena and Homecoming Weekend, skating admission will be free for students and members of the community. Skate rentals are available and cost $3.

After the opening weekend, public skating hours will continue from 4-6:15 p.m. on weekends and noon to 2 p.m. on weekdays. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for anyone age 17 and under, $2 for senior citizens, and free for current Hudson Valley students. Discounted group rates for 10 or more people also are available. Skate rentals are $3. Skate sharpening is $4 per pair.

Also, Hudson Valley Community College’s Physical Education offers an eight-week program (weekday mornings/16-hours of total instruction) for beginning and intermediate ice skaters. Individuals completing the class earn college credit and community members are encouraged to enroll. Please call the Physical Education Department at (518) 629-7372 for more information. Weekend and evening skating lessons are offered through external clients. For more information, contact (518) 629-4829.

Home of the 2001 National Junior College Hockey Champions, the Conway Ice Arena has 18,000 square feet of ice for the community to enjoy. The arena also has 1,000 seats for spectators, locker rooms for public use, and a Skate Shop with professional staff.

To learn more about hours of operation, admission and rentals fees, or if you’re interested in renting ice time, call (518) 629-4850, or visit the Conway Ice Arena’s Web site at

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 64,000 alumni.