Freezing Temps Help Shelby Open Ice Rinks at Mae Stecker, River Bends Parks

All three outdoor ice rinks in Shelby Township, including one at Stony Creek, should now be open for the winter season.

Sharpen those blades, skaters. Shelby Township's outdoor ice rinks are ready for action.

Thanks to recent freezing temperatures, the Shelby Township Parks & Recreation Department posted on its Facebook page Friday that the rink at Mae Stecker Park should be available for use starting Sunday.

The rink at Mae Stecker is open weekends from dawn until dusk and weekdays from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., weather permitting.

The township's second outdoor rink, located at River Bends Park, is currently open from dawn until dusk all days of the week, again weather permitting. The park is also home to sledding hills, which keep the same hours.

A third rink is located on Stony Creek Lake near the boat launch area in Stony Creek Metropark. Here, skaters have the benefit of a warming room with vending machines and restrooms, although no skate rentals are available. The park is open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days.

There is a $5 per vehicle entry fee for the park, or annual permits are available for $25. 

Mae Stecker Park is located at 8600 24 Mile Rd., east of Van Dyke Avenue, while River Bends is at 4670 River Bends Dr., on the east side of Ryan Road between 22 Mile and Auburn. Stony Creek is at 4300 Main Park Rd., accessible off 26 Mile Road.

Weather Note: Temperatures due to remain near freezing through Tuesday, but a warm spell starting Wednesday could lead to slushy rink conditions later in the week, according to reports from the National Weather Service.

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