|Like the rink at Wheaton, Maryland, Cabin John is owned and operated by the Montgomery County Parks and Recreation Department.|
|I kept my iPod shuffle and ear buds in my pocket. So much for having ice dance music.|
My initial impression of the rink was that it was clean and seemed to be well run. The facility has two sheets of ice, one is Olympic sized and the other in NHL sized. When I first arrived there was a game in progress on the NHL sheet and a Free Style session on the Olympic sheet. I saw lots of kids who were obviously advanced skaters head off to interior parts of the building with gym bags and since none of those kids appeared on the ice I assume the rink has off-ice training rooms as well. The ice was reasonable and was resurfaced half way through the session. The session in question was billed as a "family public" and so it was heaving with kids. While there were a few adults in the mix it looked more to me like "Sunday afternoon baby sitting" might be a better billing! It seemed like every time I set up to string some progressives or swing rolls together a kid would show up in my path, usually skating against the grain. But, ice time is ice time--even if it is a bit unproductive. I'll be back at Piney for a lesson this afternoon and who knows where I'll turn up over the three day Memorial holiday?