353 Court Street
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
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 2015-2016 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.
2015-'16 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. 21-Jan. 2 & Feb. 15-19)
Open Skate: Saturday and Sunday
- 1:50-3:20 p.m.
- 3:40-5:10 p.m.
- 7:20-8:50 p.m.
- 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.
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
Light up the Holidays
Sat. Dec. 5 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
New Year’s Eve Celebration
Thu. Dec. 31
5 -7 p.m. Family Skate
8 –10 p.m. Adult Skate, 16 and older
Free Admission. Music by Beal’s Rock & Roll Review.
Sat. Jan. 9
at noon with Mary Monell from the "Go Figure Skating School"
Family Night at The King
Jan 8. Feb 5. Mar 4.
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. 18
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
Sun. 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. 12
Free Admission if green attire is worn.
Rent the Facility During Skating Season
Group rentals are available, please contact 428-7541 for information.
Rates: $150 (Non-Profit) $175 (General). Prices do not include $15 application fee.
Print and fill out a Facility Use Permit Application and drop it off with payment at Genesee Valley Park Sports Complex, 131 Elmwood Avenue.
Other skating venues
Indoor ice rink at Genesee Valley Park Sports Complex.
Park Rules & Regulations