Madison Parks Upcoming Winter Events

Posted Thursday, January 3, 2013 --- 12:27 p.m.

Press Release from the City of Madison:

Upcoming events in Madison Parks

Ice Skate with a Doc

Saturday, January 5, 1-2p.m. (weather permitting)

Vilas Park Ice Rink, 1339 Vilas Park Road

Physician: Patricia K. Kokotailo, MD, MPH is a Professor of Pediatrics, Director of Adolescent Medicine, and Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Faculty Affairs at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Join Dr. Kokoktailo, a former figure skater, for an afternoon on the ice rink! Learn more about how important it is to stay active in the winter months, how ice skating provides cardiovascular and muscular benefits to your body. And most of all – how to have FUN while staying active! Ice skate rental is available in the Vilas Park Shelter.

The Kohl's Safety Center at American Family Children's Hospital will also be on hand at this event selling ski/winter recreation safety helmets for just $25! Make sure your kids are properly fitted and safe this winter! These helmets are important as our children learn how to ice skate, race down a sledding hill, or ski or snowboard.


Learn to Snowshoe!

Saturday, January 12, 2013, 10:30 am - Noon

Elver Park, 1250 McKenna Boulevard

Come celebrate Winter Trails Day with Madison Parks and REI by learning to snowshoe. Whether you're brand new to snowshoeing or an intermediate looking for tips and places to go, this free workshop will provide basic instruction, tips and techniques for getting started including how to choose the right snowshoes, what to wear, and how to plan your trip. You will be able to try out your new skills around Elver Park (excluding ski trails). All ages and experience levels welcome. Bring your own snowshoes or try out the ones provided by REI for this event.


Learn to Ice Skate!

Monday, January 14, 6:30 – 7:30pm

Vilas Park, 702 S. Randall Ave.

Join Madison Parks for a free 60-minute introductory workshop led by a Madison Parks Ice Skating instructor. This workshop for beginners will provide some basic information about skating, choosing equipment, and proper technique. In addition, there will be demos and a chance to practice on the ice. Bring your own skates or skate rentals will be available on site on a first-come basis at the shelter. All ages and experience levels welcome.


Cross Country Ski with a Doc

Wednesday, January 23, 6:00p.m. (weather permitting)

Elver Park, 1250 McKenna Blvd

Physician: Kyle B. Nagle, MD MPH. Departments of Pediatrics and Orthopedics/Rehab, Division of Sports Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison

An avid skier, Dr. Nagle is one of the UW Health Primary Care Sports Medicine physicians and a team physician for the UW Badgers and the CXC Elite Nordic Ski team as well as an International Classifier for the International Paralympic Committee Nordic events. His interests include the effects of early specialization in sports by kids, athlete development in general, and physical activity promotion and obesity prevention in people of all ages.

Join Dr. Nagle for an invigorating evening of Cross-country skiing at Elver Park. He will discuss the benefits of cross training for people of all ages, how it can affect development of young children as well as preventing injury as we all age. We will also discuss ways and ideas of how to incorporate cross training into our daily routines throughout the year, including the specific benefits of cross-country skiing. Limited ski rentals will be available at the park at a special Walk with a Doc discounted price (includes ski pass and rentals).

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