Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park at Manhattan Square

  Ice skating downtown   

353 Court Street 

General Information

Located in the East End District of downtown Rochester and adjacent to the Strong Museum, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park (formally Manhattan Square Park) is a popular gathering place. After renovations were completed in 2008, the year-round park has been the busy home to a wide range of visitors from families from throughout the region to downtown workers on their lunch breaks.


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Lodge manhattan-lodge-12
Perfect for events and parties, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Lodge offers a full kitchen and seating for 230 people. This beautiful new facility is available to rent for the day for $650. We are now accepting reservations. To make a reservation call the permit office at 428-6755.   

 Winter: The outdoor ice skating rink boasts a kidney-shaped surface that is 30 percent larger than the original rink. Patrons can enjoy an expanded warming shelter that features a heated floor and fireplace, new rental skates and a new sound and lighting system. (See 2014-2015 skating season schedule and rates below).  

Summer: In the warmer months, the ice rink doubles as a reflecting pool equipped with three fountains. The colorful playground provides a water spray park to cool children off from the summer heat. Benches and picnic tables around the rink serve as picnic spots during the summer. The warming shelter is available for rental from April-October.  

2014-'15 Rink Schedule

  • Noon - 1:30 pm;
  • 3:40-5:10 pm;  
  • 5:30-7:00 pm;   
  • 7:20-8:50 pm (On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, rink rentals may preclude open skate in this time slot. Call (585) 428-7541 to check schedule).   

Adult Skate, Monday-Friday   

  • 1:50-3:20 pm 
  • Ages 18 and up 
  • Except during school recess (Dec. 22-Jan. 2 & Feb. 16-20)

Open Skate: Saturday and Sunday  

  • Saturday times: 
    • 1:50-3:20 p.m. 
    • 3:40-5:10 p.m. 
    • 7:20-8:50 p.m. 
  • Sunday times:
    • Noon-1:30 p.m.
    • 1:50-3:20 p.m.
    • 3:40-5:10 p.m.
    • 5:30-7 p.m.      

For renting rink/permit time on weekends, call 428-7541. 

Skating Fees

Adults: $5
17 and under: $2 
Families: $14  (up to 2 adults and 4 children)
Discount Pass: $20  
Season Pass: $60  
Skate Rental $3 (skates and sizes are limited)
Skate Sharpening  $5                                           

Special Events 

Light up the Holidays
Sat. Dec. 6  5:00 p.m. Lighting of the Liberty Pole Main Street, Downtown
5:30–8:30 pm Open Skate & Holiday Music
Join Mayor Warren and Prime Time
Brass for the Opening of the Skating Rink
Free Admission.

New Year’s Eve Celebration
Wed. Dec. 31
5:30-7:30 p.m. Family Skate
8:30–10:30 p.m. Adult Skate, 16 and older
Free Admission. Music by Beal’s Rock & Roll Review.

Family Night at The King 

Jan 2. Feb 6. Mar 6 

7:20 -8:50 p.m. Free Family Skate 

9:10-10:40 p.m. Adult Skate Normal fee applies (NEW only on first Friday nights of Jan-Mar)

MLK Skate to Commemorate
Mon. Jan. 19
3 sessions:
12:00 p.m., 1:50 p.m. & 3:40 p.m.
$2 admission fee waived with a donation of 2 new, non-perishable hygiene, cleaning, or household items. 
Arrive 20 min. early to make sure you get skates 

Sweetheart Skate Celebration
Sat. Feb. 14
5:30-7:00 p.m. Music & contests, (dress in red for
a surprise) $4 per couple.

St. Patrick’s Day and End of Season Celebration
Sat. Mar. 14
2:30-5:00 p.m.
Free Admission if green attire is worn. 

Rent the Facility During Skating Season

Fill out the Facility Use Permit Application if you are interested in renting the rink for your next event.

Group rentals are available, please contact (585) 428-7541 for information.

Rates: $150 (Non-Profit) $175 (General). Prices do not include $15 application fee. 

Effective January 5, 2015 Permits payments must be made with: credit cards, money order or check. 
Effective July 1, 2015 we will no longer accept cash payment for permits of any kind. 


 Enjoying the rink at Manhattan Square  

Other skating venues

Indoor ice rink at Genesee Valley Park Sports Complex.

Park Rules & Regulations