The Ice at the Parks Informative - Skate at Your Own Risk!!
ARLINGTON, TEXAS -- Nicely situated in the heart of the entertainment wing at the Parks Mall in Arlington, one would take in the smells of the upper-level restaurants, Cappuccino wafting in from the near-by Starbucks and the smell of urine and feces assaulting you as you make your way into Ice @the Parks restrooms. Unsanitary public restrooms, locker room restrooms, and ice surface is why I call IceDookie @ the Parks. To a new or one-time visitor one might shrug it off as a one time-occurrence but being a regular of 3 years, I can tell you it is not. The janitorial staff consists of 15-19 year old hockey and clueless figure skaters with very minimal supplies and cleaners ( windex and paper towels ). Faulty or missing sink/plumbing in locker rooms and bathrooms are just retarded. I can not say much about the ice just ... watch out and wear a mouth guard. In 3 years, I have personally witness the rink management check the level of the ice 4 times.
Once was to paint the hockey lines because the Zamboni driver had shaved off the last layers of ice taking the paint off with it!! Lack of skate guards or inattentive skate guards is not cool ... I've seen children pick holes in the ice and seen adults and children flying right into them .. either knocking out teeth or being carried off in a stretcher. Sometimes accidents were due to ridges left in the ice after a Zam or when the "experienced staff cut the ice...downward sloping into the walls.This sloping caused skaters to fall flat on their backs ..reminiscent of the " Home Alone" falls.. This is not a rink for serious minded and competitive skaters be it figure or hockey. Every pair of brown rental skates is a money making opportunity.
They quickly offer free asst. casually mentioning their Learn How to Skate Classes. Once a signed up, they will take care to walk you by the wall of white skates... The Director/coach will say that they will be yours and that they are way better than rentals...A statement that is totally correct. Only half of the rental skates are well sharpened on a regular basis which sometimes lead to catastrophe. The coaches only half-heartedly teach children and fully heartedly flirt with parents and teen skaters in the hopes to draw out more lessons and clients. Sometimes a child's progress is held back, or elements not taught for the same reason... more money.
This rink only serves for recreational purposes at best. Any skaters who hope to compete in the upper strata of US figure skating and who would like to consider this rink will not be welcomed here by staff or regulars unless you are under the watchful eye of a qualified trainer ( from somewhere else for on the ice protection - bodyguard). - Many qualified skaters have been turned away by dirty politics, scheming coaches and parents , and poor instruction. Go spend your money elsewhere for a qualified trainer. If a trainer does not boast gold/silver medals in any USFSA events or international competition, Olympic medals, championship gold or silver on their brochure...no matter what nationality they are beware!!!
If they did not do well for themselves they will not do well by you. Skater beware!!