Steinberg Skating Rink opens for its 60th anniversary season

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Steinberg Skating Rink in Forest Park opened for another season Friday morning.

It's the 60th anniversary of the rink, which opened on November 11, 1957. To commemorate its 60th year, the rink invites the public to come out and skate like it's 1957, with $0.50 skate admission all weekend. Guests may bring their own skates or rent skates for $6. Concessions will be available.

Steinberg Skating Rink is the largest outdoor ice skating rink in the Midwest. The rink is open to the public every day during the winter season (including holidays). The rink is open from 10 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday (Nov. 11), and 10 a.m.-9p.m. on Sunday (Nov. 12). After the anniversary weekend, admission will return to $7 for all day admission.

Longtime Steinberg skater John Crowe, who grew up in a family of nine, has visited the rink every year since the beginning.  Crowe's father, a drill sergeant and master sergeant in World War II, encouraged the family to get out of the house and get active.

"On the evenings he'd say, 'Well, we can all go skate and those of you who don't want to can stay home and do homework,'" Crowe said. "So we'd all pile in the car and come here several times a week because he liked the idea of when you have nine kids you have to do something to wear them out. If you think about Rockefeller Plaza and that iconic rink out front.  Well, that's a really small rink; not even a fourth of this. So this has a feel like you're on a pond. Like you went on an adventure and you`re on a small lake or a large pond."

Crowe has spent so much time here over the years he's become a Learn to Skate lesson instructor during the Christmas season for children and big kids, too.

Steinberg is located at 400 Jefferson Drive in Forest Park.

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