Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park at Manhattan Square



353 Court Street, Rochester, NY 14607


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. 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.

 Rink is currently open through March 12, 2023. 

MLK Day Skating event Jan 16, 2023:  Skate to Commemorate” open skating get-together at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park Ice Rink, 353 Court St. The rink will be open for ice skating from noon to 1:30 p.m., 1:50 to 3:10 p.m., 3:40 to 5:10 p.m., 5:30-7:00, and 7:20-8:50pm Skate rentals are $3 and the admission fees will be waived with a donation of two non-perishable hygiene, cleaning or household items (Per person). Please arrive 20 minutes early as skate rental availability is limited. 

  2022-'23 Rink Schedule:   


 Open Skate Monday - Friday

  • Noon - 1:30 p.m.
  • 3:40-5:10 p.m. 
  • 5:30-7:00 p.m. 
  • 7:20-8:50 p.m. 

 Open Skate Saturday

  • Noon-1:30 pm 
  • 1:50-3:20 p.m.
  • 3:40-5:10 p.m.
  • 5:30-7:00 p.m. (rink rentals may preclude open skate in this time slot)
  • 7:20-8:50 p.m.

   Open Skate Sunday

  • Noon-1:30 p.m.
  • 1:50-3:20 p.m.
  • 3:40-5:10 p.m.
  • 5:30-7 p.m.

    Adult Skate (Age 18+)

  • Monday-Friday 1:50-3:20 p.m.(except during school recesses) 

 Skating Fees for the 2022-23 Season

Adults: $5 

College Student w/ ID $3

Youth 17 and under: $2 

Families: $14  (up to 2 adults and 4 children) 

Value Pass: $20  
Season Pass: $60  
Skate Rental: $3 (skates and sizes are limited)
Skate Sharpening:  $5 
Ice Bike Rental: $10 per 45 minute session  


Parking for the MLK Ice Rink available at the Strong Museum garage

The Strong Museum parking garage is open to non-museum guest for $5 (future pricing may vary). Please note that the garage closes 1 hour after open skate ends (10 p.m. Monday - Saturday and 8 p.m. on Sunday). Additionally, skaters who park in the garage after the museum has closed will need to call the museum security at 410-6300 to have them unlock the pedestrian door to enter the garage. For more rink information call 585-428-7541.

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.

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 sound and lighting system.

 Park Rules & Regulations >>