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Hannaford Supermarkets to offer free skate rental Saturdays at the Empire State Plaza ice rink

December 6, 2018 07:47 am

ALBANY — Hannaford Supermarkets will make it possible for individuals and families to rent skates for free each Saturday at the Empire State Plaza ice rink this season. Previously offered on Fridays, this season marks the first time that free skate rentals will be available on Saturdays.

The change is designed to make the free skate rental program, which has been anchored by Hannaford since 2012, more accessible to those seeking an affordable and healthy outdoor winter activity during the weekend.

“All of us at Hannaford are excited to begin another winter season in partnership with the New York State Office of General Services. Over the past seven years, our free skate rental program has grown in popularity and we are excited to bring this offering to Saturdays, which is traditionally the day most families can utilize the ice rink,” said Hannaford Supermarkets Community Relations Specialist Brian Fabre. “We thank the New York State Office of General Services for operating this fabulous rink and for helping make this switch to Saturdays possible, which will provide even more families and individuals with the opportunity to enjoy a healthy outdoor winter activity that crosses generations.”

The Empire State Plaza ice rink will open at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 30 (weather permitting), with rink-side live music and entertainment. Skate rentals will be free all opening weekend, courtesy of Hannaford.

The first official Hannaford Free Skate Rental Saturday will take place on Dec. 8. Admission to the ice rink is free all season-long.

The 2018-19 season is the seventh consecutive year that Hannaford has partnered with the New York State Office of General Services to provide free skate rentals at the Empire State Plaza ice rink. Since the program’s inception, more than 20,000 individuals have enjoyed free skate rentals, courtesy of Hannaford Supermarkets.

Additionally, Hannaford will offer free parking after 3 p.m. to those attending the New York State Holiday Tree Lighting, presented by SEFCU, on Dec. 2. The tree lighting ceremony begins at 5:15 p.m. and concludes with a fireworks show.

The ice rink will be open noon-8 p.m. seven days a week, weather permitting. Closed daily 3:30-4:30 p.m. for maintenance. Cost to skate: free. Skate rentals: $4 for adults, $3 for children 12 and under. A photo ID is required to rent skates. Every Saturday is Hannaford Free Skate Rental Saturday. Amenities: Lockers, skate rentals, and refreshments are available in the glass pavilion adjacent to the rink.

For information about the Empire State Plaza ice rink, including parking, directions and ground rules, visit