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


353 Court St.

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. After renovations were completed in 2008, 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.

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Lodge
Perfect for events and parties, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Lodge offers a full kitchen and seating for 230 people. This beautiful new facility is available to rent for the day for $670. We are now accepting reservations. To make a reservation call the permit office at 428-6755 or  Click Here to Access the eReservation System to Reserve one of our facilities>>  




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 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(limited capacity) that features a heated floor and fireplace, new rental skates and a sound and lighting system. (See 2020-2021 skating season schedule and rates below) or click here to download the information.  (pending)

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. The warming shelter is available for rental from April-October

Rink  Opening has been delayed until Tuesday December 1st,2020.   Capacity of the rink will be limited to 125 skaters per session and could change between now and our opening day.   Mask/face covering are required at all times.


 2020-'21 Rink Schedule: Monday - Friday Rink Rentals

  • Noon - 1:30 p.m.
  • 3:40-5:10 p.m. 
  • 5:30-7:00 p.m. 7:20-8:50 p.m. (On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, and Fridays, rink rentals may preclude open skate in this time slot. Call (585) 428-7541 to check schedule).   

Adult Skate, Monday-Friday  

  • 1:50-3:20 pm 
  • Ages 18 and up 
  • Except during school recess (12/21/20 - 1/1/21 and 2/15-2/19/21).

Open Skate: Saturday and Sunday   

  • Saturday times: Noon -1:30 p.m., 1:50 - 3:20 p.m., 3:40 - 5:10 p.m., 5:30-7:00., 7:20 - 8:50 p.m. 
  • Sunday times: Noon - 1:30 p.m., 1:50 - 3:20 p.m., 3:40 - 5:10 p.m., 5:30 - 7 p.m.     
    (For renting rink/permit time on weekends, call 428-7541.) MLK Ice Rink

Skating Fees
Adults: $5
Youth 17 and under: $2 
Families: $14  (up to 2 adults and 4 children)
Discount Pass: $20  
Season Pass: $60  
Skate Rental: $3 (skates and sizes are limited)
Skate Sharpening:  $5 
Ice Bike Rental: $10 per 45 minute session  

Special Events 



Family Day at The King(Pending CDC Guidelines) 
Feb 6th, 2021 (Skate with the Superstars)
Mar 6th, 2021 (Tropical Theme Day)
10 a.m. -11:30 p.m. Free Family Skate 

MLK Skate to Commemorate
Mon. Jan. 18, 2021
3 sessions:
12:00 p.m., 1:50 p.m. & 3:40 p.m.
$2 admission fee waived with a donation of 2 new, non-perishable hygiene, cleaning, or household items. 
Arrive 20 min. early to make sure you get skates 

Sweetheart Skate Celebration
Sunday, Feb. 14th, 2021 
5:30- 7 p.m. Music & contests,  $4 per couple dressed in red.

St. Patrick’s Day Family Skate Celebration
Sat. Mar. 13th, 2021
1:50-5:10 p.m.
Free Admission if green attire is worn.  

Rent the Facility During Skating Season

Group rentals are available, please contact 428-7541 for information.
Rates: $175 (Non-Profit) $200 (General). Prices do not include $20 application fee.

Print and fill out a Facility Use Permit Application and drop it off with payment at Genesee Valley Park Sports Complex, 131 Elmwood Avenue.   Enjoying the rink at Manhattan Square  
 <<<Download full schedule>>>>

Other skating venues

Indoor ice rink at Genesee Valley Park Sports Complex.

Park Rules & Regulations