Credit: FMC Ice Sports
The William L. Chase Arena is a Town of Natick public facility, operated through a partnership with FMC Ice Sports. Founded in 1992, FMC promotes positive experiences in public ice skating arenas. The Chase Arena is a full service skating facility offering an extensive variety of skating programs for all ages and abilities.
The facility features a heated conference room, facilities for birthday parties, and snacks and light fare at the Ice Box Café. As a part of the FMC Ice Sports family of arenas, the Chase Arena provides customers with affordable ice skating recreation in a clean, safe, and well maintained facility.
Learn to Skate
An introduction to ice skating in a fun, group setting. Step 1 covers the fundamental basics of skating. Skaters will then continue to Step 2 to develop skills and technique. Step 3 classes will hone technique skills. Students will work on gliding, pushing, and edge use, as well as other techniques.
Classes are designed for students who have mastered Step 3 Learn to Skate and wish to learn figure skating techniques. Group classes will introduce edge use, transitions, gliding moves, jumps, spins, and more. The 50-minute classes include instruction, linking learned skills together, and free skate time. FMC also provides students with opportunities to join a skating club, specialty classes, competitions, celebrations, and other skating events.
In addition to the learning the fundamentals of ice skating through Step 1 Learn to Skate, kids can focus on skating mechanics for ice hockey. Students will learn power, balance, weight transfer, speed and edges. The Bruins FUNdamentals program helps skaters who wish to play hockey transition towards game play and hockey specific skills. Youth leagues and competitive events are also offered for hockey players.
Ice Skating Equipment
- Rental skates are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are included in the class fee.
- Skaters may wear their own skates. Double blade skates are not permitted.
- Skaters in Step 1, Step 2, or Step 3 Learn to Skate programs must bring and wear a helmet (e.g., bike helmet or HECC approved helmet).
- Wear gloves and warm, comfortable layers. It is recommended that younger children wear waterproof clothing and gloves.