The Shelby Township Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department recently set up its ice rink on the tennis courts at Mae Stecker Park, located at 24 Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue.

The Shelby Township Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department recently set up its ice rink on the tennis courts at Mae Stecker Park, located at 24 Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue.

Photo by Sarah Wojcik


Ice rink in Mae Stecker Park is ready for winter

By: Sarah Wojcik | Shelby - Utica News | Published December 27, 2017

Photo by Sarah Wojcik

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department recently flooded the ice rink at Mae Stecker Park, located on the south side of 24 Mile Road, east of Van Dyke Avenue.

PRM Department Director Joe Youngblood said this is the third year the township has offered the ice rink on the park’s tennis courts. Prior to that, the township set up the rink on the baseball diamond.

“We have set days for open skates and set days for playing hockey, so everybody can have the opportunity to use the rink,” Youngblood said. “We’ll have those posted at the rink. It rotates.”

He said that by setting up the ice rink on the tennis courts, it allows for better night skating because the lights are already in place.

“It’s all, of course, weather-related, but it looks like we’ll have good ice for most of the winter,” Youngblood said. “It’s a good size. We get youth out there, school kids, college kids and adults on hockey days. It’s nice to play hockey games out there.”

The maintenance department clears the rink when it snows, and Youngblood said crews flood it as needed to make sure it’s as smooth as possible.

Mike Adams, sports coordinator for the Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department, said in a Dec. 20 interview that he was hopeful that the ice rink would be open soon.

“It’s really not open during the warm weather we had the last couple of days, but it was almost ready prior to that,” Adams said. “We do a stretch of three to four days of pretty cold weather (before we open the rink), because we layer the ice to make sure it’s solid.”

At press time last week, Adams said he was hoping to have it fully up and running within the next several days, as he said he expected cold weather to hit the township.

“On certain days, it is lighted skate at night, and generally the maintenance guys bring small benches or bleachers for sitting during hockey nights,” he said. “It’s great for families.”

For more information, call the Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department at (586) 731-0300.