Time to add roller skating to your calendar of weekend fun. It’s not only a great form of recreation, it’s also highly effective exercise. Just one hour of roller skating can burn anywhere from 548 to 818 calories, depending on your body weight and how much energy your body needs  to skate, according to http://livehealthy.com.

Friday Night Skate at the Grant Wood Elementary School gym, 1930 Lakeside Drive, will get underway Friday, Oct. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. Subsequent Friday Night Skate dates are Oct. 23 and 30; Nov. 6, 13, and 20; and Dec. 4, 11, and 18. On Friday nights, it’s all open roller skating.

Saturday Night Skate is scheduled every Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center gym. For the first two hours, from 6 to 8 p.m., the floor is reserved for beginners, slower skaters, and families. Fast skate is scheduled from 8 to 9 p.m. for more advanced skaters. The Saturday night skating program will run through Dec. 19, but will not be held on Oct. 17 or other dates when special event programming has been scheduled in the gym.

There is no fee to participate in Friday Night or Saturday Night Skate, and skates may be checked out at no charge. An Iowa City Recreation Division facility pass will be required to participate, and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Facility passes may be obtained during open office hours at either recreational facility: Robert A. Lee at 220 S. Gilbert, or Mercer / Scanlon at 2701 Bradford Drive. There is no charge for the initial pass, but replacement passes cost $2. Patrons may also acquire passes at Friday Night Skate events.

For more info, call the Recreation Information Desk at 319-356-5100.

Date of publication

Thursday, October 15, 2015