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Frio Grande Ice Center in McAllen, TX

See what makes Frio Grande Valley Ice Center one of the hottest tickets in McAllen, TX.

By Kevin Litwin on April 27, 2015

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Ice skating? In South Texas? You better believe it.

McAllen residents can stay cool all year round – even in the Texas tropics – at the Frio Grande Valley Ice Center, where skaters can hit the ice for leisure, figure skating and youth and adult hockey. The indoor rink is open year round, with public skating sessions being the main attraction.

Frio Grande Ice Center on 26th Street and is open seven days a week, with public skating hours every day. The center is especially busy on weekends, staying open until midnight on Friday and Saturday nights.

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Community Participation

For figure skating, more than 40 children participate in lessons at Frio Grande, and about 100 kids are enrolled in the youth hockey league. Meanwhile, the adult hockey league has eight teams.

“It’s great for families in McAllen because it’s a safe place, and it gives kids and adults another place to play and get some exercise,” says Violet Grammer, owner of Frio Grand Ice Center.

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Leagues & Events

The center hosts a number of hockey tournaments throughout the year. Leagues range from beginning skaters looking to play on a team in an instructional setting, to experienced hockey players looking to get out and play with others of similar caliber.

As for the 30,000-square-foot center, it features an official-size ice rink, pro shop and concessions. It’s a popular place for school field trips and private parties, and local businesses often rent the entire Frio Grande complex for company functions.

Grammer adds that the center also gives back to the community by offering grants to kids who want to play hockey but can’t afford it. The center also hosts fundraisers, one of which raises money to buy school supplies for kids in need.

Admission to the Frio Grande Valley Ice Center is $7, and skate rental is $3. Groups of 10 or more qualify for a discount.

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