Valley Ice Arena

★★★☆☆

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Valley is run down, but it still fun. The old owner, John, pretty much did loads for ice hockey in Portland and kept the rink going to his own fiscal detriment. So pretty it is not.

That being said the owner of the Portland Winterhawks purchased the rink and now it is closed until mid-September or so for renovations. They are going to rename it Winterhawks Ice something or another. So expect the environment to look better and likely expect to pay more. The more money should not be necessary, but when the corporatists take over that is what happens.

The guy pretty much save the arena for now, so we will see if it is better or not soon.

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★☆☆☆☆

Valley is run down, but it still fun. The old owner, John, pretty much did loads for ice hockey in Portland and kept the rink going to his own fiscal detriment. So pretty it is not.

That being said the owner of the Portland Winterhawks purchased the rink and now it is closed until mid-September or so for renovations. They are going to rename it Winterhawks Ice something or another. So expect the environment to look better and likely expect to pay more. The more money should not be necessary, but when the corporatists take over that is what happens.

The guy pretty much save the arena for now, so we will see if it is better or not soon.

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This place is dirty and stinky yes BUT SO IS HOCKEY!!! My 3 year old went her for her first time skating and loved it. she spent less then an hour skating, it being her first time, so the price being cheaper then everywhere else made me very happy...and to her daddys delight she is now in love with the idea of playing hockey after seeing the youth hockey players. This place literally wreaks of hockey and WE LOVE IT being a hockey kind of family. this place is down to earth, family friendly and wont break the bank. a diamond in the rough if you will. we will be back again and again!

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★★★★★

This place is dirty and stinky yes BUT SO IS HOCKEY!!! My 3 year old went her for her first time skating and loved it. she spent less then an hour skating, it being her first time, so the price being cheaper then everywhere else made me very happy...and to her daddys delight she is now in love with the idea of playing hockey after seeing the youth hockey players. This place literally wreaks of hockey and WE LOVE IT being a hockey kind of family. this place is down to earth, family friendly and wont break the bank. a diamond in the rough if you will. we will be back again and again!

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The other reviewers are correct in that this rink is old, the place is run-down and grungy. Personally, while I think a little extra elbow grease could do a long ways, I don't have a problem with it and kinda like it's small-town, old-fashioned appeal.

HOWEVER, I think they could do ALOT more when it comes to skating lessons. My daughters wanted to learn to skate and we live in the neighborhood so taking lessons there was a no brainer. I called and was told that there was a ratio of 3-4 kids per teacher. Reality: They have no pre-registration AT ALL so they have no idea how many will show up for lessons. The first lesson there were nearly 20 kids and no where near the number of teachers I'd been told there would be. My kids had never been in skates before ever so it was extremely overwhelming for them, to say the least.

The head instructor seems good, but the assistants they have helping are mainly teenage girls who collect in a gaggle behind the huge group of kids learning to skate and chat amoung themselves, glancing up occasionally to see if someone needs help. They will go help once in a while, but the majority of the time the assistants are just standing around, or skating behind the students--I didn't see any individual attention (unless a skater needs someone to hold on to--they would help then), but no instruction or pointers to individual skaters at all. So basically, one instructor doing the majority of the teaching for 17 or so kids!

If you live in the neighborhood--sure, this is convenient and you do get to go to 4 open skate sessions to practice when you sign up for lessons, but I would definitely not make a trek out here if you live anywhere close to Sherwood, Lloyd Center, etc.

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★★☆☆☆

The other reviewers are correct in that this rink is old, the place is run-down and grungy. Personally, while I think a little extra elbow grease could do a long ways, I don't have a problem with it and kinda like it's small-town, old-fashioned appeal.

HOWEVER, I think they could do ALOT more when it comes to skating lessons. My daughters wanted to learn to skate and we live in the neighborhood so taking lessons there was a no brainer. I called and was told that there was a ratio of 3-4 kids per teacher. Reality: They have no pre-registration AT ALL so they have no idea how many will show up for lessons. The first lesson there were nearly 20 kids and no where near the number of teachers I'd been told there would be. My kids had never been in skates before ever so it was extremely overwhelming for them, to say the least.

The head instructor seems good, but the assistants they have helping are mainly teenage girls who collect in a gaggle behind the huge group of kids learning to skate and chat amoung themselves, glancing up occasionally to see if someone needs help. They will go help once in a while, but the majority of the time the assistants are just standing around, or skating behind the students--I didn't see any individual attention (unless a skater needs someone to hold on to--they would help then), but no instruction or pointers to individual skaters at all. So basically, one instructor doing the majority of the teaching for 17 or so kids!

If you live in the neighborhood--sure, this is convenient and you do get to go to 4 open skate sessions to practice when you sign up for lessons, but I would definitely not make a trek out here if you live anywhere close to Sherwood, Lloyd Center, etc.

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I dont recommend this place, its not cared for and overall pretty gross. The ice is in bad shape and if you want a nice place to skate or play hockey Go to Sherwood its worth the drive.

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★★☆☆☆

I dont recommend this place, its not cared for and overall pretty gross. The ice is in bad shape and if you want a nice place to skate or play hockey Go to Sherwood its worth the drive.

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OK you can be very satisfied with this place if your expectations are set correctly. Valley Ice Arena is a very old ice arena that probably hasn't seen a coat of paint in 20 years, much less a complete renovation. Yes, it has hard wood benches and that old school charm and lots of time dedicated towards hockey players, BUT... let's face it. This place is a dive. It stinks like an old sweaty sock, and from the looks of it, the place is barely holding together. If you're looking for a classy place for a birthday party, I'd try Lloyd center or something. However if you're strictly looking for lunch hour stick time, I'd recommend it. The guys that come out for pick up games are pretty nice people... laid back, competitive, and all different skill levels. If nobody shows up for the following public session, the staff will usually let you keep playing until someone does. The ice doesn't get resurfaced as often as it should. Its usually pretty decent for early stick time, but can get pretty rough sometimes. Bonus: there is a bar in the bowling alley next door from which you can watch people on the ice.

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★★★☆☆

OK you can be very satisfied with this place if your expectations are set correctly. Valley Ice Arena is a very old ice arena that probably hasn't seen a coat of paint in 20 years, much less a complete renovation. Yes, it has hard wood benches and that old school charm and lots of time dedicated towards hockey players, BUT... let's face it. This place is a dive. It stinks like an old sweaty sock, and from the looks of it, the place is barely holding together. If you're looking for a classy place for a birthday party, I'd try Lloyd center or something. However if you're strictly looking for lunch hour stick time, I'd recommend it. The guys that come out for pick up games are pretty nice people... laid back, competitive, and all different skill levels. If nobody shows up for the following public session, the staff will usually let you keep playing until someone does. The ice doesn't get resurfaced as often as it should. Its usually pretty decent for early stick time, but can get pretty rough sometimes. Bonus: there is a bar in the bowling alley next door from which you can watch people on the ice.

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I laugh at some of the posts because I can understand a typical persons point of view. The ice rink and premises are a little grungy and most would agree its like walking into an Eastern Block country during the height of the could war. Its cold, dark and dingy. One post said they should get a new management team or janitor or they'll go broke. The thing is the owner is the hands on manager, janitor and hockey coach. He is the real deal. He's NOT corporate America. The moms that write the posts that are scared about the blood on the floor, that may be ketchup, is just wanting to let her kid try skating, so if its 5,10, or 15 dollars it really doesn't matter to her but to the guy thats working 40+ hours a week with the bills etc the Valley Ice Arena is heaven sent. Lunch time hockey 12-1:30 mon- fri. and it's cheaper than any rink. And there's no egos at the lunch time hockey. When I spoke to the owner a few years ago he said he wanted the rink to 'feel' like an ice hockey. And its true America is tearing down everything that is sacred to sports fans not by necessity but by corporate greed and tricking the tax payers into paying 100s of millions of dollars.(Seattle's King Dome)Two of the poorest cities in the country, Detroit and Pittsburgh are going for the Stanly cup again because ICE HOCKEY is a gritty sport. A sport not about ballerina outfits, glamour, half time Superbowl shows. Ice hockey is about determination, grit, stinky sweaty locker rooms, chewing gum on the floor and yes you may even see blood on the floor at a ice hockey rink. That's why that rink is the coolest rink on the west coast, it 'feels' like I'm in a hockey town.gregoh123@gmail.com

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★★★★★

I laugh at some of the posts because I can understand a typical persons point of view. The ice rink and premises are a little grungy and most would agree its like walking into an Eastern Block country during the height of the could war. Its cold, dark and dingy. One post said they should get a new management team or janitor or they'll go broke. The thing is the owner is the hands on manager, janitor and hockey coach. He is the real deal. He's NOT corporate America. The moms that write the posts that are scared about the blood on the floor, that may be ketchup, is just wanting to let her kid try skating, so if its 5,10, or 15 dollars it really doesn't matter to her but to the guy thats working 40+ hours a week with the bills etc the Valley Ice Arena is heaven sent. Lunch time hockey 12-1:30 mon- fri. and it's cheaper than any rink. And there's no egos at the lunch time hockey. When I spoke to the owner a few years ago he said he wanted the rink to 'feel' like an ice hockey. And its true America is tearing down everything that is sacred to sports fans not by necessity but by corporate greed and tricking the tax payers into paying 100s of millions of dollars.(Seattle's King Dome)Two of the poorest cities in the country, Detroit and Pittsburgh are going for the Stanly cup again because ICE HOCKEY is a gritty sport. A sport not about ballerina outfits, glamour, half time Superbowl shows. Ice hockey is about determination, grit, stinky sweaty locker rooms, chewing gum on the floor and yes you may even see blood on the floor at a ice hockey rink. That's why that rink is the coolest rink on the west coast, it 'feels' like I'm in a hockey town.gregoh123@gmail.com

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i went there a couple times and i dont like it there.i have been skating at sherwood for as long as i can remember.when i went to valley i saw a spot of bloodthat scared me a littlethey also need to bring the zamboni out a little moresherwood does it every 2 hours i think that if they could do that the ice wouldnt be as wierd.it is all bumpy

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★★☆☆☆

i went there a couple times and i dont like it there.i have been skating at sherwood for as long as i can remember.when i went to valley i saw a spot of bloodthat scared me a littlethey also need to bring the zamboni out a little moresherwood does it every 2 hours i think that if they could do that the ice wouldnt be as wierd.it is all bumpy

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Valley Ice Arena is great for the whole family. They offer hockey, group lessons, open skating, and open skating during the week that is VERY empty. I have had the whole rink to myself before with my friends during the week. They have skate rentals and a snack bar. I really enjoyed the group lessons in ice skating I took there as a kid, and they offer several levels for those.

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★★★★☆

Valley Ice Arena is great for the whole family. They offer hockey, group lessons, open skating, and open skating during the week that is VERY empty. I have had the whole rink to myself before with my friends during the week. They have skate rentals and a snack bar. I really enjoyed the group lessons in ice skating I took there as a kid, and they offer several levels for those.

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this skate arena is in a nice neighborhood, and offers lessons, free skate sessions, and anything else offered by an arena. they also host many youth competitions and hockey games. there are other ice arenas in portland, but this one is the most connected to the community.

PROS: good skating, good prices
CONS: none

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★★★★☆

this skate arena is in a nice neighborhood, and offers lessons, free skate sessions, and anything else offered by an arena. they also host many youth competitions and hockey games. there are other ice arenas in portland, but this one is the most connected to the community.

PROS: good skating, good prices
CONS: none

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Ok, this Ice rink isn't very nice. They're a little bit diry, actually they're nasty. I can clearly see the dirt (even without my glasses) and the some garbage on the rink (i.e. soda cans, paper, ) I think that the maintanence staffs should do a better job at keeping the place clean or they should post a sign that said any littering on the rink will result in big punishement or something because the way this is going, people are not gonna comeback to it again

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★★★☆☆

Ok, this Ice rink isn't very nice. They're a little bit diry, actually they're nasty. I can clearly see the dirt (even without my glasses) and the some garbage on the rink (i.e. soda cans, paper, ) I think that the maintanence staffs should do a better job at keeping the place clean or they should post a sign that said any littering on the rink will result in big punishement or something because the way this is going, people are not gonna comeback to it again

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I was really stunt when i see a small about fist size pud of soil on the ice skating rink. That is really nasty. I've never see a place dirty like this rink. They should definitely do something about this, i mean hire a new management team, fire the janitor, whatever, this is a bussiness. How are they going to attract people to skate with that??

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CONS: DIDN' T YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT SOIL IS?

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★☆☆☆☆

I was really stunt when i see a small about fist size pud of soil on the ice skating rink. That is really nasty. I've never see a place dirty like this rink. They should definitely do something about this, i mean hire a new management team, fire the janitor, whatever, this is a bussiness. How are they going to attract people to skate with that??

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CONS: DIDN' T YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT SOIL IS?

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Valley Ice Arena is antiquated and desperately needs fixing up. The facilities serve their purpose which is skating, but the atmosphere is sorely lacking. The place is regularly dirty-looking (that includes the restrooms) and the snack bar has little to offer and what you do get is pretty unappealing. My suggestion would be to go the extra distance and check out Sherwood Ice Arena, which is a new facility and looks like they care about how the place looks.

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CONS: atmosphere and appearance really needs work

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★★☆☆☆

Valley Ice Arena is antiquated and desperately needs fixing up. The facilities serve their purpose which is skating, but the atmosphere is sorely lacking. The place is regularly dirty-looking (that includes the restrooms) and the snack bar has little to offer and what you do get is pretty unappealing. My suggestion would be to go the extra distance and check out Sherwood Ice Arena, which is a new facility and looks like they care about how the place looks.

PROS:
CONS: atmosphere and appearance really needs work

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