Bear Creek Park has new skating rink

By: Linda Shepard | Rochester Post | Published January 15, 2019

 Nolan Curran, 9, and Reese Curran, 5,  from Oakland Township, balance on a “Star Wars” themed Dagobah swamp crossing last year at the Oakland Township Winter Carnival.

Nolan Curran, 9, and Reese Curran, 5, from Oakland Township, balance on a “Star Wars” themed Dagobah swamp crossing last year at the Oakland Township Winter Carnival.

File photo by Donna Agusti

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OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — An upcoming series of ice skating clinics and a Winter Carnival aim to ease the effects of cabin fever.

“We have moved our ice rink,” Oakland Township Recreation Manager Becky McLogan said. “We’ve moved it to Bear Creek Park.”

The rink’s former location at Marsh View Park proved to be a little out of the way, McLogan said. Bear Creek Park is located off Snell Road, between Rochester and Orion roads.

Skating clinics will begin Jan. 21, and the Winter Carnival is planned for Jan. 26. Both will be held at Bear Creek Park. The new location also benefits from more consistently level ground for the ice rink, which was installed recently with the help of the Oakland Township Fire Department.

“We had some very cold temperatures, and the Fire Department filled the ice rink,” McLogan said.

National skating champion Tracey Daniels will teach ice skating at a series of clinics designed for those with little or no skill at the sport — focusing on fundamentals such as falling down, skating forward, stopping and practicing new skating skills. The clinics cost $10 for Oakland Township residents and $15 for nonresidents.

Participants are encouraged to wear a helmet, padding and weather-appropriate clothing. Oakland Township has a limited number of skates for loan free of charge. The clinics offer lessons for children beginning at age 4, as well as adults. For a full schedule of skating clinic days and times, or to register, visit www.oaklandtownship.org or call (248) 651-7810.  

The upcoming Winter Carnival will also offer ice skating tips, along with a full array of entertainment and activities.  

“There are so many components to Winter Carnival,” said Makayla Kroening, Oakland Township’s recreation program assistant. “We’ll have carnival games, pin the nose on the snowman, a snowball fight, a hockey goal shoot and penguin bowling.”

“Most of the activities can be done with or without snow,” McLogan said. A scavenger hunt will task participants of all ages with finding treasures in the park, and a nature craft will encourage all to create a pine cone bird feeder.

“We’ve got Magic Joe coming back, and our stilt walker will do a balloon show,” McLogan said. “That was a big hit last year. We’ll have two shows of each under the show tent, with a small stage and arena seating. We’ll have a food tent with hot chocolate, pizza and more. And we are hoping we can do some kiddie sledding.”

An archery target shoot will be available for people ages 5 and older.

The free Winter Carnival will be held noon-4 p.m. Jan. 26 at Bear Creek Park. Parking will be offered for free at the Paint Creek Cider Mill, on Orion Road, near Snell Road, with shuttle service to Bear Creek Park.

For more information, visit www.oaklandtownship.org or call (248) 651-7810.

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