Mayor Barlow Proposes Free Public Ice Skating for City Residents
Oswego Mayor Billy Barlow announced his proposal to waive all fees associated with public ice skating at the City of Oswego public ice rinks. Previously, fees for open ice skating ranged from $1.50 per visit to $3 per visit depending on age. Seasonal passes were also available for between $30 and $80 per season. Mayor Barlow is proposing to eliminate the entry fee and allowing public skate to be totally free. The Mayor’s proposal follows a similar proposal earlier this year waiving the entry fee to the public swimming pool.
“As Mayor, I want to do all I can to encourage physical activity and do our best to give our youth things to do during all seasons. Similar to waiving the entry to the public swimming pool, I believe eliminating this fee and making our ice rink and open skate free to the public will give Oswego families more access to our recreational facilities and eliminates the unnecessary burden placed on families by these small, arbitrary fees,” Mayor Barlow said. “Oswego families pay for these facilities already through their property taxes and should not have to pay a fee again. I hope eliminating this fee encourages our residents to use these facilities and gets our children out and active even during the winter months,” Barlow concluded.
Public ice skating in the City of Oswego is held at the James P. Cullinan Skating Rink behind Kingsford Park Elementary School, 281 West Fifth Street, Oswego. Public open skate is held on Friday evenings from 7:15pm-10:15pm and Saturday and Sunday 5:00pm-10:00pm from November through February.