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Whether it’s indoors or outdoors, solo or with a club, novice or a seasoned veteran, the north country figure skater has plenty of options.

In St. Lawrence County, Cassie Laurence of the Northern Ice and Dance figure skating store in Potsdam said several towns have indoor rinks because of hockey programs in the area.

“We have a lot of school programs that need the ice time, so the local rinks came from that,” Laurence said.

It was a challenge to find a local rink in the past, but Laurence said the online world has made it much easier to locate a place to skate.

“A lot of the skating rinks may not have been publicized,” Laurence said. “It used to be word of mouth, but that’s changed with the rise of social media.”

The Internet also has made it easier to find skating locations.

Joanna Loucky-Ramsey, a skating enthusiast from Norfolk, has put together a north country website (http://hiddenmeadowinn.com/localactivitie-attractions/recreation/winter-sports/ice-skating) so that she and her husband, Bill, can give back to the community.

“The purpose was to do something comprehensive for people coming into the area that was in line with their interests,” Loucky-Ramsey said.

If you don’t want to be stuck inside, there are a variety of outdoor rinks in the area. The towns of Stockholm and Helena have them, and Lions Field in Clayton has been around for years.

Outdoor skating will return to the Watertown Fairgrounds as a part of the revived Snowtown USA festival that will start on New Year’s Eve. Erin Gardner, superintendent of the Watertown Parks and Recreation Department, said the buzz continues for the event.

“The excitement for it is really growing,” she said.

Gardner said the outdoor rink was put at the fairgrounds because of its central location. Skate rentals will be available in the Municipal Ice Arena.

Ice Skating Rinks
(All in 315 area code)
• CANTON RECREATION PAVILION
Location: Outer Lincoln Street, Canton
Phone: 386-3992
Website: www.village.canton.ny.us/Pavilion.htm
nCLAYTON COMMUNITY SKATING OVAL AND SLEDDING HILL
Location: Lions Field, Clayton
Phone: 686-4310
Website: www.1000islands-clayton.com/winter
nCLIFTON-FINE ARENA
Location: State Route 3, Star Lake
Phone: 848-2578
Website: www.townoffine.org/content/Parks/View/2
nDONALD MARTIN CIVIC CENTER
Location: Pine Street, Waddington
Phone: 388-4601
Website: www.waddingtonny.com/page.php?p=33&s=8
nEDGAR A. NEWELL II
MEMORIAL GOLDEN DOME
Location: 1100 State St., Ogdensburg
Phone: 393-5320
nLEWIS COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS
Address: 5485 Bostwick St., Lowville
Location: 376-6528
Website: www.villageoflowville.org/content/Parks/View/2
nLOUISVILLE COMMUNITY CENTER (SWAMPER DOME)
Location: 44 Arena Drive, Chase Mills
Phone: 769-8206
Website: www.rinktime.com/skating_rinks/ny/the_swamper_dome_skating_rink_arena_massena_ny.cfm
nMASSENA ARENA
Location: 185 Harte Haven Plaza, Massena
Phone: 769-3161
Website: www.massenaworks.com/community/recreation.asp#MassenaArenaSchedule
nNORFOLK COMMUNITY CENTER
Location: 9 Clinton St., Norfolk
Phone: 384-3200
Website: www.norfolkmha.com (click on Master Ice Schedule)
nPINE STREET ARENA
Location: 43 Pine St., Potsdam
Phone: 265-4030
Website: www.vi.potsdam.ny.us/Arenaweb
nRICHARD G. LOCKWOOD CIVIC CENTER
Location: 141 W. River St., Ogdensburg
Phone: 393-2111
Website: http://ny-ogdensburg.civicplus.com/Facilities/Facility/Details/4
nROOS HOUSE (SUNY CANTON)
Location: 34 Cornell Drive, Canton
Phone: 386-7051
Website: www.canton.edu/rooshouse/programming-ice.html
nST. LAWRENCE CENTRE MALL
Location: 6183 Saint Lawrence Centre, Route 37, Massena
Phone: 764-0684
Website: www.slcarena.com/public.html
nTHERESA ICE RINK
Location: 400 Mill St., Theresa
Phone: 628-5857
nTOWN OF ALEXANDRIA
MUNICIPAL ARENA
Location: 39 Bolton Ave., Alexandria Bay
Phone: 771-3045
Website: www.townofalexandria.org/municipal-arena.html
nTOWN OF CLAYTON ICE RINK
Location: 615 East Line Road, Clayton
Phone: 686-4310
Website: www.townofclayton.com/departments/parks-and-recreation/recreation-park-ice-schedule
nTRI-TOWN COMMUNITY CENTER
Location: 746 Route 11C, Brasher Falls
Phone: 389-4576
nWATERTOWN MUNICIPAL ARENA
Location: 600 William T. Field Drive, Watertown
Phone: 785-7775
Website: www.watertown-ny.gov/index.asp?NID=309
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