Who is the Winterhurst Figure Skating Club?
The mission of the WFSC is to establish and encourage the instruction, practice and advancement of its members in all branches of skating based on regulations as established by the United States Figure Skating Association (USFSA). To this end we:
1. Encourage and cultivate good rapport among club members
2. Promote education in the discipline of figure skating
3. Sponsor, produce and cooperate in the production of amateur ice carnivals, shows, exhibitions, and competitions by the WFSC and its members
About the Winterhurst Figure Skating Club:
The Winterhurst Figure Skating Club (WFSC) is a year-round independent 501(c)(3) Not For Profit skating program. We contain amateur skaters, both youth and adult, and non-skating adult members including parents, coaches, and judges. Our home ice is Serpentini Arena at Winterhurst in Lakewood, Ohio found 10 minutes west of Cleveland.
We are one of the Cleveland area comprehensive clubs offering programs in Freestyle, Dance, Moves in the Field, power skating, on-ice choreography, USFS tests, off-ice conditioning. The WFSC offers fall, winter and spring Ice Schedules sold through ice contracts to our members and training continues in the summer at Serpentini purchasing ice time directly from the rink.
Our skaters range in age from young children through adults and enjoy skating for recreation, health and fitness, the challenge of learning something new, and the competitive side. Whether your skating goal is to loose some weight, pass USFS testing levels, enjoy fun competitions, or to chase the olympic dream, the Winterhurst Figure Skating Club is a supportive community environment that celebrates all our skater's goals and successes.
October, 2010, marked the 35th anniversary of the dedication of the Winterhurst Ice Rink. But that is not to say that ice skating was new to Lakewood at that time. Indeed, its history goes back about 80 years when Lakewood's outdoor facility was one of the largest in the world, and ice skating was an integral part of wintertime Lakewood community life. Generations of residents remember fondly, the days and nights spent gliding through gently falling snowflakes, sometimes falling not so gently!
To fully tell the Winterhurst story one must go back in time to 1931 when the original rink was built by the City Ice and Fuel Company. Its 30,000 feet was measured and proved to be the largest in the world. In 1957, the rink was purchased by John Nolan, and it remained in private ownership until 1961 when it was purchased by the City of Lakewood.
The city immediately began to pump money into the facility which was beginning to show its age. On November 11, 1961, the renovated rink reopened with a new name- "Lakewood Winterhurst Municipal Rink".
The renovated rink was a great improvement, but soon sentiment began to grow in the community for an indoor, year-round facility. In 1973, then Lakewood Mayor Robert Lawther put forth a proposal for the present structure. The go-ahead was received 1974, and dedication ceremonies were October 29, 1975. The program from that occasion devotes a whole page to list the unique features of the "new" structure - dual rinks, separate temperature controls and sound systems for each rink, an upstairs Parents' Lounge for viewing, and specially adapted lighting to accommodate a variety of ice-use functions among other things.
Winterhurst has drawn Olympic hopefuls from around the country to train with hometown coach and former Olympian Carol Heiss Jenkins. Some of her pupils, such as USFSA gold medalist, Tonia Kwiatkowski have also joined the training staff.
In 2008 the city of Lakewood reached an agreement with Ice Land USA to lease Winterhurst Ice Rink for five years. During this time, Ice Land found a Sponsor in Serpentini Chevrolet to help renovate the rink and maintain its historic reputation. Today Winterhurst remains a first-rate facility as well as a valuable community asset.
The Winterhurst Figure Skating Club was founded in 1976 with Mrs. Jom Kinzie as president and Jack Jost as head professional. The club at that time had 150 members and rented 8 hours of ice a week. Today, the membership is about the same, but the professional staff has grown allowing members a variety of choices and coaching styles.
In 1982 the Winterhurst Figure Skating School was established by the club and hte Lakewood Board of Education. The school offers athletic and academic training for the serious skater who meets the admission requirements.
The Winterhurst Figure Skating Club has hosted a variety of exhibitions, competitions, and ice shows. In 1985 the club hosted United States Precision Championships as one of the largest competitions undertaking.
The WFSC is truly the home of champions - both past and present. Our goal is to provide all skaters with a professional, safe and fun skating environment so that they can achieve their figure skating goals. We are home to basic skill skaters through National, Junior National and World competitors. Everyone at Winterhurst is proud of our facility and happy to be your hosts. The heart and soul of our club is our many active members and volunteers. Come Join Us!